You want to hear my pet peeve of the day? As Mr. Rogers used to say, "Sure, I knew you would." It is the desecration of a perfectly good piece of oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany or any other nice solid wood furniture with a can of spray paint. Oh, yes. It's all the rage. Just check out the clever ideas on Pinterest or some social networking site that people sell from. You go to a garage sell, buy an under-priced oak desk for example and paint the top hot pink or some other gaudy color and the bottom, another or put your school colors and mascot on it because everybody has to have one of those. Part of me has to admit that some of it looks pretty good and if it is a cheap piece of furniture or made out of MDF (which is a code name for particle board, which is a code name for sawdust and glue compressed together), that is fine.
People of my age that have been around for a decade or two have seen trends and styles come and go. It occurs to me that I have officially become my father. Stop it! I see you people out there that knew my father nodding your heads, pointing at me and laughing. As my wife says, "Every time you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you." I think how he would never get rid of a tie because he said the styles come and go. So it is with furnishings, trends and styles. Perhaps you have seen and heard of people buying and old house and bemoaning the fact that someone painted over the beautiful ornate oak trim. What this old curmudgeon knows is that class never goes out of style. If you want to double your money, buy said piece right and wait for someone to come along that appreciates it. You can still double your money, or as the old saying goes, “To double your money, just fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.”