To Paint or Not To Paint Heirloom Dresser?

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Q: I was handed down this dresser from my great-grandmother, but the dark wood color has never really fit with my furnishings. I've thought about painting it white and love the modern look of the following potential "after" shot. But I am hesitant to take the plunge because it's such an old piece (around 100 years old), and I wonder if I'll come to appreciate it in its natural state as my tastes grow. So, better to hold on to antique integrity or give it a fresh coat?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children 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.