We see this from time to time, especially on eBay or Craigslist: a classic piece (the Saarinen tulip table is a popular target) that's been customized by the owner. We've seen painted bases, wallpapered table tops, even twee floral patterns painted on with markers. Usually, we shy away from these custom jobs...but our general philosophy is that if it makes you happy, why not? The photos above compare the traditional Saarinen tulip table with a white base (left) and the custom job of a red lacquered base (right). How do you feel about personalizing a classic?
[ Photos from the Mid-Century Modernist and S. Russell Groves ]