Is It Okay to Alter Family Furniture?

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Q: My grandfather gave me several pieces of mid-century Conant Ball furniture — a side table, bookcase, and desk. I love the look of them, and I actually found a semi-matching Conant Ball coffee table that I'm going to rehab. My question is this: how do you guys feel about altering family furniture pieces? I'm thinking about turning the bookcase into a TV stand, which would require some minor, but permanent, changes to it. My husband purchased a Best Buy monstrosity back when he got the TV (and before we were married), and I hate it a little more each day that I look at it:
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I've thought about the fact that TV stands are a changing piece of furniture, but bookcases will always be needed. This bookcase, however, doesn't really fit books well. It's very deep, but the fixed shelves aren't high enough for large books.

I generally have no problem with altering antiques if you so desire, but I'm wondering if I'll really regret changing the bookcase. It isn't particularly valuable (according to my quick research, worth a couple hundred bucks at most), but my grandparents bought it new and had it for 60 years.

What do you think? Should I pursue this? Or will I regret it in a few years? The attached picture is not of my actual bookcase, but mine is the same exact piece.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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