This summer I came across that kind of piece. It was a beautiful vintage "Lane" coffee table. Both ends were dropleaf. Very cooool!!! After a bit of research I discovered it was from the "Acclaim" dovetail series from 1959 - 1963. They are very collectable. Wish I had done my homework before I sold it for a song. This is what I did with this great little table.
I lightly sanded the top & stained it to match the original color. I didn't want to paint over the cool dovetail detail. I found the perfect graphic from "The Graphic Fairy". It's a french post card. Then I applied a few coats of clear wax. I just love the way the wood feels after it has been waxed & buffed.
I took this table to the market & had several comments on it. Most everyone loved what I did to it, but there was the one lady who was a die hard antique lover. She couldn't believe I had "written all over that beautiful mid century antique!!!" What can I say, I had a different vision for the table. I love the way it turned out. A few hours later another lady came by & had to have it. I even helped her load it in her car. She was thrilled with it.
A couple of weeks later my mom found the matching side table. I did the same application on this one.
This one had a bad water spot on the top. I tried to sand it & restained it, but you can still see it. I decided it didn't look so bad, it's part of this little tables story. Every antique has a story to tell after all. I have this table for sale at the"V Trading" in Grand Blanc, MI. if anyone is interested in it.
So have you ever had the "Great Debate" to paint or not? I would love to hear your opinion or story.