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  • Barb is very talented. It’s not that easy to get “the look” of old without it looking contrived. Whether you like the style or not, she’s out there rescuing furniture and rehabbing it. There are enough positive comments here to show that she has a market.

  • How about a male opinion? I thought the “after” was the “before”. I totally appreciate the work that went into this piece, but, honestly, it seems disrespectful to take a cool old piece with some real history and remake it as a frou frou cutsey thing.

  • I agree with “a guy said”. It was a nice old piece of furniture that would have looked great with some restoration. I really thought the AFTER was the before. Something picked up at the Starvation Army or the like. The AFTER would not have a place in my home.

  • I think that this re-do could have been achieved without ruining a beautiful piece of antique furniture. If you go to any thrift store, you can find a veneer paneled desk with a similar style that is just begging to be painted, rather than use something as beautiful and well made as this piece. In 5 years this piece will look dated, cheap and probably be thrown away…

  • The knobs are great, and the gold goes well with that mauveish purple. Brilliant. I feel like my grandmother, Audrey, would have liked that.

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