How Much Would You Change a Vintage "Score"?

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Q: I need opinions. I found this Paul McCobb credenza (photo below) abandoned in a garage I was renting. Score! As you can see it's need of a little care. Structurally it's sound, the original legs have been removed, but the interior drawers and shelf are in good shape and the sliding doors slide well.

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There are no gouges or big scratches in the wood, just a few minor nicks and what looks like some overspray from some project on the top. The question is how far can I go with the rest of the refinishing? Am I obligated to replace the legs, give it just a good cleaning and recover the grass cloth doors? Will I destroy the integrity of this piece if I cover the doors with something other than grass cloth? I'm afraid to even ask about painting the wood, but I must. Is color acceptable? Please help!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.