|Project by JDCrae||posted 05-17-2016 01:36 PM||358 views||0 times favorited||0 comments|
Picked this baby up not far from our new house. All original hardware still intact, save for a couple of hinge pins missing, but that is no big deal. Nasty varnish finish covered the thing. Picked it up for $175 which is a steal for something in this kind of condition and size.
I sanded down the finish until I got to wood, then scraped from there. Left the panels alone as I thought just scuffed gave it a nice contrast. Scraped the countertop portion pretty fine as that will be used heavily. Watco Natural on everything, dry method for this other than the countertop, which I used the wet method for. Had to cut 1 inch off the upper portion as it would not fit in our room!
The left side has an overlay, whereas the right is actually flush with the face. Very nice condition, beautiful old growth oak. Someone painted the top at some point and there are remnants left of it, but that is ok. Its old and it is supposed to look old. I love it, and the wife does too, so I call that success.
The first two pics are as I picked it up, the middle after sanding and scraping, and the third was final finished product.
Some have asked about the chandelier – that is completely homemade. The holder is actually my wife’s grandmothers canning rack- which they don’t make in that size anymore, all very old jars, brass chain coated in black with hooks and wired by yours truly with edison style bulbs. Love that thing. Does not put out tons of light, but it just looks awesome with the many antiques in the house.