How long would you keep a piece of furniture before discarding? When you get sick of the item and want to change a look? When you move house? Or when its already falling apart?
This cabinet has been sitting in my parents' living room for perhaps 20 years. I know the condition has been bad, but it is only after we dump it and I take a last shot that I realise how badly damaged it is. It certainly didn't end up in this state over night, over the years, it aged and wore off gradually.
Perhaps it is just like people we face everyday, gradual changes do not register in the mind until something strikes.