I love to paint and I love painted furniture, I don't think that is a surprise to any of my readers or friends.
But I have struggled with the idea of painting this piece.....
There are a few pieces that I am reluctant to paint, and most of them come from my maternal Grandmother. One of them is her hope chest (even if the top veneer is peeling) and the other is her sewing cabinet.
My mother handed it down to me while I was in college, and it has traveled all across the country with me to my many, many apartments and homes as my trusty nightstand. I don't really know much about the piece, except that it was used to hold sewing paraphernalia. The top opens up to reveal some wonderful little cubbys for things. It will make a great jewelry box someday.
I am ashamed to say that this little gem has had a very rough life in my possession. As much as I treasure it, it has gotten banged up and has lost a few of its details. Below is a picture of the scrolls, unfortunately there are only 3 left on the rear legs.
I have not done a lot of research on this, and there are no labels to go off of, but from what I am seeing I wonder if it is a Caswell Runyan "Perfect Sewing Cabinet". Here are some images I have found leading me to think it may be.
So, what do you think? Is it a Caswell Runyan?
And should I paint it?