Thursday, June 12, 2014

craigslist...a new investment


 I'm picking up this pretty little gem today! I haven't had much time to check Craigslist
lately, but popped on for a quick minute last night and look what had just been listed.
I was thinking I didn't need it but had completely forgotten that my family room trunk
that we use as a coffee table, and I've had forever, was on the list to be replaced.
 Let me count the reasons this couldn't be more perfect...

#1 - Greek Key - I could stop there!
#2 - it's square
#3 - open below   
#4 - hidden extension trays
#5 - wood for the family room
#6 - $80!




This all sounded impressive too...

Schmieg and Kotzian antique coffee table, mahogany, 29 ¾ x 29 ¾. There are two hidden extension trays that pull
 out to provide more space, each tray is 25 ½ x 10 inches deep.

If I show Mr. Simple a brass plate with the name of a prestigious furniture company
it appears like an investment piece that we could possibly make some money from one
 day, and he's on board! 


Schmieg and Kotzian was a prestigious furniture company in London from 1899 to 1907. After moving to
 New York in the 1940's, the company continued in the traditional European apprentice system specializing
 in hand made mahogany woodworking. 

Would you leave it as is or paint it?


43 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love it!!! i like the wood and would leave as is if possible- i am not sure the tone is too red for your living room though? if it is maybe paint black or try the java gel stain on it?

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Wow, you are definitely the queen of Craigslist. That is so awesome. I would love to see it painted but maybe you shouldn't since it might actually some decent value to it.

gina said...

I cannot believe the deals you find! That is gorgeous!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

The hidden pull out trays = pure awesomeness! Love that for entertaining, such an interesting and functional piece. Altering the finish might reduce it's value but like Cassie I can see it in either black or a darker stain in your family room!

elaine owens said...

leave as is. pretty wood!

Vel Criste said...

Gorgeous find Pam! I would leave it as it is for sure especially if I plan to re-sell it someday. :-)

Dana Frieling said...

Seriously?! How do you do that? Score after score after score. To paint or not to paint...that's a hard one. I'd research the value a bit before making that decision.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You are so good at the CL game! Great find!! I would leave as is for sure. In the first picture the finish looks a bit red (although not as much in the next picture) but once the table is styled etc I don't think you'll notice. Beautiful piece!

Andrea said...

Another major score! I love the table as is. What a great find.

Dianne said...

Leave it please!

sarah m. dorsey said...

Wow!! Great find! I'd leave it as is, at least for now.

Linda Darling said...

Anxious to see what you do with it as I have two similar tables. My sofa and two chairs have white slipcovers so I have not been able to make up my mind what color to paint the tables. I have been thinking hail navy by BM but am still hesitant.

sharon smith said...

Wow Pam! What a score. I fine piece of furniture that you need and $80? It pays to check CL daily. I have to weigh in on the wood. I like the color, and because it's a marked piece I would leave it alone and use as is. Good luck with your decision, I'm looking forward to seeing this beauty in your room.
Sharon

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it as is. Some things don't really need to be painted.

Denise Greenwood said...

Your Craigslist skills are amazing!! What a great piece! I think this one I would leave as is since it's such a unique piece. Love it :)

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Oh my gosh....love it...
Sorry I haven't been stopping by to comment...my father has been ill..

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

PAINT! But you knew I'd say that didn't you??!!

praylivecreate.com said...

Beautiful! I'm not usually a wood purist, but I vote leave it as is. At least until you know for sure that it needs changed. Great find!

Giovanna said...

leave it! fabulous find, I am just a tiny little bit jealous ;)

The Daily Nest said...

How do you always find such amazing things? I think I would leave it, the wood looks so pretty! -Kathy

Mary said...

It depends on the condition of the piece and/or if you like the color of the stain.
Or are you just wanting to use your new sprayer? LOL.

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

wowza!! that is a great piece!!!! i think you could go either way with painting it...but just imagine it black!!

victoria dennison said...

WOW that is a hard one because it is really pretty as it is. I think it depends on your room. Does the wood go with what is in the room already? if not paint it! If you don't like the wood then paint it. Maybe just paint the legs and greek key detail and leave the top? another decision! I can't wait to see what you decide!

Simply Modern Home said...

It looks like it's in beautiful condition so I say leave it! Great find!!!

Jennifer Lippi said...

I swear Pam you find the absolute best finds on Craigslist. My area in Northern California is kind of a bust. I love it and would paint it. Maybe a shiny lacquered black??

Jennifer@decoratingdelirium.com

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Gorgeous table....do not know what I would do....paint or leave; however, knowing you, you would make the correct and perfect choice!...great find and love the greek key pattern....just exquisite.

Debbie J. said...

Oh gosh, I don't think I would have the heart to paint this. It is so gorgeous the way it is. I love all the same things you love about it. Talk about being in the right place at the right time, fab find. I love painted furniture but what color do you think you would paint it? Whatever you decide, it will look great I'm sure of that.

Wendy C said...

What a find! I am in exactly the same bind. I just bought a chinois inspired coffee table & it has the same colour . I'm leaning to a darker stain or a painted finish. My decision making will be governed finally as to how it will fit in with my other furniture. I will stay tuned to see how you go.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

wao! what a find! I don't think I could paint it! But it depends on how you will enjoy it most and what is more important to you....keep its integrity or make it more fun? hard one!

DJ said...

The top looks so beautiful as is, I think. But maybe in person the finish might be a different story.

Shelia Dowd said...

Score! I would paint it! I have a coffee table that is stained and I'm getting ready to paint mine.
Shelia
www.houseofhighlands.com

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

You are on a major CL roll! I would leave it alone for a while, then later if you decide you want to paint it, go for it!

sturdydesign said...

Wow it is beautiful! I love that it has those pull out sections. That's such a great find! I would totally leave it as is unless you absolutely don't care about devaluing it. I don't have a hard time painting stuff that isn't that special but in instances like this, personally, I would steer clear of the paintbrush. Also it seems like your #5 reason why it couldn't be more perfect was that it was wood so it seems like you already answered your own question. :) It'll look great whatever you decide though...you've got impeccable taste.

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

What a find! Absolutely love the lines of it and the pull outs! I would love to see it kept unpainted but if it's as reddish in real life as it looks in the pic, I'm not sure how I see that working in your space. Maybe strip it and restain? Easy for me to say since I wouldn't be the one having to do all the work :)

babz said...

holy cow--don't paint it. check out the prices of schmieg and kotzian furniture on 1stdibs.com. also http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/eastlakeandvictorianfurniture/forum/topics/what-is-a-schmieg-kotzian

Angela Santaniello said...

Such a GREAT find. It's gorgeous & I would leave it as is.

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Julia Konya said...

I love love love this table. And while I usually would say paint it, I think this is a leave it piece

Bethany DeVore said...

Great find! Painting it would look awesome but that wood is so pretty!

Robin Stephens Kitchen Connections said...

What did you end up doing with this smashing piece? Paint or plain, it is definitely a find. So unique and versitile and not run-of-the-mill. What did you do?? =)

pam {simple details} said...

Hi Robin - I left it for a couple months and just recently painted only the top raised portion that was a little reddish. I painted it a high gloss black, and it looks so much better. :)

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Lewis Trimble said...

Lemme know if you wanna sell it?
Thanks,
Lewis

Lewis Trimble said...

Lemme know if you wanna sell it?
Thanks,
Lewis

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