Monday, April 25, 2011

Antique Console

I love when pieces I work on come with a story.  The story behind this console is that it once belonged to my clients great-aunt, and when he was a child she would hide little pieces of candy and other goodies in one of the drawers because she knew he would always look there.  While this is a beautiful antique, the sentimental value of it is, at least to me, irreplaceable.  Knowing that it meant so much to the client made it all that much more enjoyable for me to work on.

As with most tables with wings, this one was constantly in the down position.  Aside from the circular gouge on the one edge, they were in pretty good shape.  But that poor center had some pretty serious wear and tear, water damage, scrapes, and was really dried out.  We didn't want to strip the table because we wanted to keep as much integrity of the original finish as possible, so I went forward with the steps that come after stripping when doing a full restoration.  



Here you can see how dull and dried out the finish was.  And yes, that's the goodie drawer.  :-)



After adding some color, the water damage that previously couldn't be seen in the old finish popped up.



Finished Product




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