I bought an Old oldold dresser/chest for $300.We sanded and discovered after research and tons of comparisons that I have an old chest or drawers made of “wormy” chestnut! Which I believe to be unique from what i have researched. The dresser is not made with screws, nails and or any modern methods of “nailing”. It is old fashioned tongue and grove, wooden “nails” or pegs and very old skeleten key locks for each drawer. It also has a “hidden” top drawer which is about 1 inch deep but was obviously made to look like the “trim”. However I got lots of questions I need help answering to finish this project I thought it was going to be a no-brainer.
1. What color stain to use for this wood. My husband and I love natural beauty, but I also have a lot of natural beauty woods already in our house, like natural finished (Minwax natural stain followed with Minwax rub on poly) red oak floors and doors and natural stained maple floors in the room this is going. I like the “cherry look but not to red, however the “mahogany” is almost to dark? Should I even stain?
2. Whats the best protectant/varnish?
3. I hope I got a value here, although it is to me and when I am finished it will be priceless to me. I’ll get a before and after shot for you to see.
Also after I finish this I have a old antique rolltop desk dating way back – no metal “parts/nails” here either and very aged needs a lot more TLC and we discovered it is oak – very heavy too. So since both pieces are going in our room, need to decide what “color” route to go and need advice badly. Winter is coming and I really want to get these projects done and inside out of the garage. BTW we aren’t into matching everything, we just think things need to compliment each other.
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