A couple of years ago I bought this antique pie safe from an antique dealer. When I bought it, I knew the tins on the front and sides had to be replaced. A previous owner had replaced the original tins with terrible looking tins that just had to go. Before I took the tins off, I started looking for replacement tins. There are some new tins out there that are made to look old but for this project they just didn’t seem right. I then looked around in some antique stores and online for old tins. Nothing. While I was looking, I decided to go ahead and start the process of refinishing the pie safe. I started with taking the old tins off. I took all of them off I think there were 10 in all, including the ones on the sides, I stood back and stopped. I looked at the pie safe and thought oh my goodness, I’m not putting anything back I love the way it looks just the way it is now. This look may not be for everyone. Remember I live in an old log cabin so it just goes. There is something about the simplicity of this piece that works for me. For instance, look at the top of the doors how worn they are at the latch that is holding them. That worn look came from someone in the past opening and closing those doors year after year. Had I stripped and stained this piece I would have never been able to keep the character that it has now. What I’m trying to say is, in an era when all the rage is to strip, refinish, repaint, sometimes you don;t have to do that to make a piece look wonderful. Not all antiques are like that, it just depends on the look that you are trying to get. So go slow with your process and keep an open mind because depending on what you uncover your plans may change.