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Fixing up an old mahogany blanket chest

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Blog entry by MrJesse34 posted 342 days ago 685 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an old Mahogany (I think) blanket chest. Looks like it was hand carved. Really nice piece of furniture. It has a little wear and tear, and thats where I need your help. There are a few large scratches I would like to clean up / fix. Is there an easy way to fix this, to get the color close to matching? What kind of general advice do you have for cleaning up a nice old piece such as this?

I will be buying new hinges for it too. The hardware on it is goldish – what i mean is its gold with a rose colored tint. anyone know where I can find hardware like this?

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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 342 days ago

I always think about colored Briwax for furniture restoration. It restores the color and luster of a piece in short order. Perhaps you could try in in an inconspicuous spot, and see if you like the result?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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MrJesse34

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#2 posted 342 days ago

I think there is some kind of stain on this first, then some type of top coat. How do I use the briwax? only on the affected areas, or the whole thing?

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 342 days ago

Apply the Briwax to all wooden parts. Let it haze over, and buff it off with a clean cloth.
Choose a color that is close to the existing color of the chest. The wax won’t change the overall color of the piece much, but it will conceal scratches and areas where the finish has worn off.
Test in an inconspicuous area first.

Good luck!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Don W

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#4 posted 342 days ago

try renovator's supply for the hardware.

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