While looking through pictures of furniture with my mom, we came across this Hitchcock-style bench underneath the pile of stuff (want to know how I knew it wasn’t a real Hitchcock bench?).
My mom made the comment, “Your great-grandmother had a similar bench that I inherited.”
My response: “Oh really, where is it? I don’t remember seeing a painted bench around the house?”
My mother’s response: “I painted it lime green and it is now on the porch.”
I can only imagine the expression on my face looked something like this, because she then said: “I didn’t know! You weren’t into that stuff when I painted it!”
While it pains me a little that potentially a real Hitchcock bench has been painted over, I am a big believer in upcycling and making things your own. My advice: make sure you do a little research before you paint or doing anything that can’t be reversed. At a minimum, look for a stamp or signature and do a quick Google search – it might save you from face-palming later!