I buy furniture for the store at auctions, and occasionally estate sales, garage sales, and craigslist. I work hard to keep prices low, which means I have to buy very low. Which means it usually needs work---some combination of cleaning, painting, waxing, sanding, staining. I like rustic shabby chippy furniture and I always have to calculate what and how much to do to---bottom line---sell it (and have a happy customer). My current dilemma:
But you know what? I'm going to leave it shabby and blue. It's unique that way. Oak barrister book cases are easy to find. This one is special. And about that knob--I'm going to put that section on the bottom. If it bothers me I'll figure out a solution. (One of the cool things about barrister bookcases is they come in sections--you really do just stack them--no screws or bolts. That makes it easier to move them--and you don't even have to take the books out; there is a handle built into the top of each section.)
I plan to take it to the store this weekend. I can always change my mind and strip it; but I'm pretty sure I'll leave it. What would you do?