A recent Asset and Estate Liquidators newsletter touched on the potential hazards of lead paint furniture finishes. There's been a "run" on antique and vintage painted furniture for some time, and it continues to be all the rage! These pieces, ranging from small to larger pieces, are often available at Estate Sales and auctions, and are typically inexpensive, easy ways to set the mode and tone for a room. As a consumer, you should be aware that, prior to 1978, it was not unusual for lead to be added to paint used in homes and on furniture. Lead was originally added to enhance durability, extend coverage and provide more flexibility in color. The devastating and harmful effects of lead were not known at that time, and it wasn't until 1978 that lead in paint was finally banned. Though your "new" piece may not be at all affected, know to check for lead paint content before you find it a place in your home, or begin to refinish it. There are several economical and easy to use home test kits on the market. Call your local hardware store for more information. One supplier, Pro-Lab, offers a kit for about $11.00. Always check local, State and Federal guidelines for lead paint handling, refinishing and waste disposal. We want you to enjoy your "new" find, and make it your own. We just want to make sure you do it safely! Refinish with Care!