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Opinions needed!!

So this is one of my NYC street finds – it is missing the glass – presumably why it was thrown out originally . I am torn on what to do with it exactly. The room that we are using as our living room right now doesn’t have any windows just doorways to other rooms that have windows so I was hoping that this piece would glam it up/ reflect light in a nice way.

But I need help because I cant make up my mind AT ALL. So please any feedback or ideas is appreciated – I have 4 options here to choose from (please forgive my photo shop silliness). The thing is I love the color of the wood but it does feel a bit dated and since it was free I am not too concerned about ‘ruining’ it. What do you think?

CHOICE 1 buy a new piece of glass – keep old wood color

CHOICE 2 buy a new piece of glass – paint glossy white color

CHOICE 3 buy a new piece of glass that is mirrored – keep old wood color (my least favorite of all of them)

CHOICE 4 buy a new piece of glass that is mirrored – paint wood color ( to gaudy? fresh?)

12 thoughts on “Opinions needed!!”

  1. GREAT FIND!!!! I would vote for Choice 1 – leave that beautiful wood alone and add a new piece of glass. If you're looking to brighten it in a windowless room, I bet the glass would do it. I'm not a fan of painting furniture if the wood has a nice patina, and yours does, so I'd let it continue to age. Maybe start by getting the glass, see what it looks like with the wood, and then go from there. Also, I'd be sure to set it up in the living room…pieces look so different in different rooms! Have fun!

  2. I just found your blog,–I don't know how. I have so enjoyed your postings. I went all the back to the start. You are great with photo credits! I vote for the mirror baby. Glass is old hat, mirror is always chic and oh so handy. Best wishes and thank you for all the rock walls.

  3. I vote for option 2, white furniture always look fresh and clean and they also brighten up a room, especially a windowless room! Good luck! It would be great if you could let us know what decission you come to…
    BETA

    ps. I oh so love your blog like I've mentioned before, both your photo posts that you find online and also how the house is progressing. Can't wait to come visit!

  4. Option 2 all the way! I'm a fan of painting wood (unless it's uber gorgeous / sentimental value), as it freshens it up. I like that the clear glass will reflect the light (which you want), but also show the depth and dimension in the rattan underneath.

    It would also be pretty painted a glossy black or slate gray, or bright chartreuse ;)

  5. I personally don't care for the mirror choice, as it covers up the woven top which is what I think makes this piece unique. I like the glass. I also like No. 2, but maybe in a different color than white… and in a high gloss to glam it up a bit and give it some reflective qualities. Don't know what your colors are in the room, but there are some great stock spray paint colors out there right now- maybe a coral, or a mossy/brown green?
    Oh, and great find btw!
    joan

  6. Each and everyone of you had me convinced until i read the next persons comment! oh goodness still decisions! I am going to call my favorite local glass cutter and find out what the pricing difference btwn glass and mirror would be and go from there….

  7. I'd say #4 since you mentioned you don't have any windows. The ratan is nice but I think it the piece is white it's not essential to the design. It's a great piece.

  8. I just happened upon your blog.
    I really like your table, what a find.
    I don't know what your room looks like and what color you have decided to paint your bamboo chairs? Nice selection of fabric and colorways.
    I would think that once you have decided on other elements of the room, flooring, lighting etc. then
    I would decide on the furniture colors. If it were me, I'd paint the table a bold apple green with a milk glass (you could probably use white acrylic sheet) or etched top. Under the table where the cross pieces meet I'd get an interest wooden or ceramic bowl or a rectangular wooden or ceramic tray and place it on the cross pieces I would then put a flat puck light and use it as an uplight to illuminate the table. I think the table would glow. I would cover (recess it slightly) the object holding the puck light with a nice piece of metal hardware cloth (screening)perhaps in distressed copper or get a gauge of metal screening or fence and spray paint it color of you choice to not stand out.
    Kind Regards,
    CJF

  9. I just happened upon your blog.
    I really like your table, what a find.
    I don't know what your room looks like and what color you have decided to paint your bamboo chairs? Nice selection of fabric and colorways.
    I would think that once you have decided on other elements of the room, flooring, lighting etc. then
    I would decide on the furniture colors. If it were me, I'd paint the table a bold apple green with a milk glass (you could probably use white acrylic sheet) or etched top. Under the table where the cross pieces meet I'd get an interest wooden or ceramic bowl or a rectangular wooden or ceramic tray and place it on the cross pieces I would then put a flat puck light and use it as an uplight to illuminate the table. I think the table would glow. I would cover (recess it slightly) the object holding the puck light with a nice piece of metal hardware cloth (screening)perhaps in distressed copper or get a small gauge of metal screening or metal fence material and spray paint it color of you choice to not stand out.
    Kind Regards,
    CJF

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