Several years ago, I always heard, "Don't refinish an antique, it will ruin it's value". True, but.....
I heard an "antique expert" talking on a TV show one day. Sorry, I don't remember his name, or even what show it was. But, what he said really stuck with me. He was in the home of a woman who was showing him a piece of furniture that had been in her family for years & years. She wanted to keep the piece, but it really didn't go with her decor. She thought about painting it, but didn't want to ruin it's value.
He told her if she would enjoy it more painted, then, by all means, paint it! He said it's monetary value was only important if she wanted to sell it. But since she wanted to keep it, he advised her to go ahead and paint it, then put it in a place where she would see it every day and smile.
What great advice!
Over the last couple of years, we've been taking family heirlooms out of storage, and placing them where we can see them every day, and smile. They don't do us a bit of good stored away in a box, in the back of a closet. Will they last as long if they are out in the light and the dust, where they might get broken?
Probably not, but life is too short not to enjoy it as much as we can.