This inside job was calling me. The blue paint on the doors of our corner cupboard has been bubbled for some time now and it was time to repaint.
Yes, I know that collectors prefer the original paint. Anyone who's ever watched Antiques Roadshow knows this. You've seen it happen: the expert takes a look at the piece and shakes his head a little sadly.
Ah . . . yes . . . a lovely example of work by Silas Turnipseed -- a well known itinerant cabinet maker who worked in Massachusetts before the Civil War. With the original milk paint on the interior, it would fetch anywhere from five to fifteen thousand dollars at auction -- Turnipseed is enjoying quite a vogue with collectors just now. However -- since some vandal has repainted the interior -- well, you might get fifty to a hundred dollars. Really, though, why not just use it for firewood. . .
But it's too late. This is a nice country piece, probably from the 1800's. John's parents bought it back in the 40's -- and they painted the interior green. John's sister inherited it and she painted the interior white. Then she gave it to John -- and we opted for our signature blue.
Once that act of vandalism was done, I got the creamy white paint and started on the walls of the dining room and then on to the living room. Taking down pictures, hauling furniture around -- generally tearing the place up -- oh, it felt good!
It was a wonderful day of Getting Stuff Done! Or partially done -- still more painting to go!
Eddie, on the other hand, took it easy most of the day.
( The monthly post on my other blog -- The Goodweather Report -- is up now. )