Finding a stunning piece of furniture on the side of the street can feel like hitting the jackpot. At first, you'll wonder who would ever discard of it, and then you'll start brainstorming a DIY—giving it a quick refresh with new fabric or paint, so it seamlessly fits into your home décor. Unfortunately, not all home projects go as planned, and in some Twitter users' opinion, one person may have taken it a step too far.
“This transformation made me really sad,” YouTuber Prizzilla Espinoza tweeted. The Hawaii resident was referencing an image showing a before-and-after of what appears to be an antique, which had been painted over.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter users were quick to share their thoughts, with most people asking for a name: “Who is this I want to yell at them pls give me an @.” Another person wrote: “They repainted an antique, a piece of history, in black and bloody vomit color,” while someone else said, “Just paint over culture and make it boring and average ok.”
“It’s a metaphor for colonization and it HURTS!” another explained. “Alexa, show me gentrification in one image,” one person added.
Some came to the painter's defense, noting that beauty's in the eye of the beholder: "It’s art. It’s up to the artist. It’s not your style, but to call another artist's work sad is sad," read one reply.
Then the Twitterverse began to do what obviously comes next in an interior design argument: Come up with stories about why the furniture had been left out on the curb in the first place.
Prizzilla originally found the image in a Facebook group. “What saddened me was how [the person] completely disregarded the culture the piece of furniture represented,” she tells Miescisko. “She easily stripped away its character by painting it so blandly.”
Instead, Prizzilla would have simply touched up the edges. “If someone wanted to refurbish a piece like that, they could’ve left the actual artwork and just touched up the borders with new paint that would make the rest stand out,” she said.
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