If you are looking for a fine antiques that have been preserved, loved and well-cared for over the centuries, you probably won't find them in my booth. I prefer character. There are certain vendors that I visit each time I go to Warrenton because they carry pieces that have been banished to the barn.
This poor piece had some of its embellishments missing so I just broke out the sander and smoothed out its rough edges. The last time that I went to Lowe's, I scored some wonderful paint + primer from the mis-tint bin. It goes on like butter.
Sometimes, it's a bit like putting lipstick on a pig, but that is the fun of it. You just can't create this kind of character. This kind has to be created over time.