Im an architect so everything has to match and all my furniture is black. Whether it’s wood or metal. Some things have a walnut top on them but the pipe cabinet stain doesn’t match. It’s a couple shades darker.Nifty, and a good price. I'd leave it that color, or paint it something light. Black might look sharp, but it would be a final decision, take a lot of coats to change it later. Just a thought. I don't know your decor or taste. The pipes might get lost against the black?
I guess I have to decide which set of 7 pipes I want on top versus inside...Inside the rack would be darker, top receiving the most lighting.I don't try to showcase my pipes against a light background, but I like just enough reflected light around them to be able to distinctly see them. I have quite a few, and try to keep them all smoked between long rests. I don't want them "lit up," and I sure don't want them in direct daylight, in terms of not oxidizing Vulcanite stems or fading finishes. Some of the cabinets and racks show more of the pipes than others, but I definitely want to see which pipes are where. That's my thinking, if it might be useful.
I wish you luck! Do you check yard sales?I look on craigslist every once in a while just hoping to find something like this. Haven't yet, but the search continues.
For $25 that is really nice. Now you have an excuse to get more pipes and tins to fill it up!