Early 1900s vanity/dresser refinish

BML

New User
Lee
Thought some might enjoy this...

This was my great grandparents, I am guessing from the early 1900s...it was auctioned off many, many years ago after they passed, but the buyer never came to pick it up. So, it spent many years in the barn, before my brother took it, and put a nice thick coat of paint over the already bad original paint. The drawers were falling apart, and the mirror stand was about to come off, and they were going to trash it. I couldn’t let that happen, so took it and stripped the paint, sanded, and finished with danish oil. Rebuilt the drawer boxes as well. I left a few touches of the old paint in cornerstone here and there. Now my wife just needs to decide on drawer knobs.

Hopefully it’ll last another 100+ years.
 

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luke
Senior User
Beautiful restoration...it's always worth saving furniture that is covered with memories. Thanks for sharing.
 

BML

New User
Lee
I started out with the standard Lowe’s/HD chemical stripping gel. Once I removed the large areas, I used an old chisel and a card scraper to get in the corners and such. Finished with 80, 150, 220, and then 320 grit paper.

The stripping gel worked great, but sure was a mess!

Bryan
 

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