How Much Would You Change a Vintage "Score"?

How Much Would You Change a Vintage "Score"?

Janel Laban
Aug 17, 2010

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.

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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