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03-17-2015 04:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refinishing furniture antique question resource

I have my grandmothers dining room set that was purchased in the 20’s. I have been told it had hand painted flowers on it and the chairs had carved tops with a hole in it to pull the chair away from the table.

In the 60’s my grandmother wanted to modernize the set and had the tops of the chair backs cut off and the set painted white (I know). The set really took a beating over the last 90 years and travelled from coast to coast as it changed hands in the family. I would like to restore it to its former glory, but I can’t find a photo of what the set looked like in any family photos before the injustice was done to the set. I did remove the paint from the server top surface with a citrus based stripper hoping the original finish was still below, but no. Not only was it not there but the moron who performed this travesty put an orbital sander to the walnut veneer. I think the scratches are not too deep and may be saved with some TLC. Does anybody know of a good resource I can use? Or what types of finishes they used? I haven’t seen anything like it on the internet yet. It is not the typically heavy piece like they were known for. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. If you need I can post a pic. It really looks butt ugly now.

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 05:10 PM

must resist…

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 05:56 PM

I read ‘any Gay experts on this forum?’ Not that there’s anything wrong with that…..

Have you done any research you can share with us? Do you have photos now and what it used to look like? Most 1920s furniture is not very valuable unless it’s got a real pedigree so unless it’s a labor of love for you and you plan on using the furniture I wouldn’t spend a fortune restoring. it.

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 06:13 PM

Thats a tough one to not say anything about.
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#6 posted 03-17-2015 06:28 PM

I do not know of anything like this however I would not call your relatives Morons since you are in the family tree.

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#7 posted 03-17-2015 07:10 PM

@ Arlin Eastman, it might only makes justice to the end of the tree :) calling relatives Morons. It’s in the DNA.

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#8 posted 03-17-2015 10:37 PM



I do not know of anything like this however I would not call your relatives Morons since you are in the family tree.

- Arlin Eastman


Where did I state the modifications were performed by a family member?


@ Arlin Eastman, it might only makes justice to the end of the tree :) calling relatives Morons. It s in the DNA.

- lepelerin


@lepelerin Is it really necessary to insult somebody you don’t even know, let alone my entire family? Does that make you feel better about yourself? If you are going to call people morons, you may want to work on your sentence structure first.

I thought I could gain a little insight into how their furniture was finished or lead to a resource where I might be able to find out from a large body of knowledge on this forum, but instead I get insults. I can see I was mistaken. Thank you for that.

-- Why measure twice when you can cut twice?

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#9 posted 03-17-2015 10:58 PM

Bob, welcome to LJ where I assure you we are mature although there are times and folks who can become overly struck by overwhelming whimsey, look at my project of my grandfather’s stool that I refinished a few years ago.

If you can tolerate the the tongue in cheek, that goes along with us you’ll find an excellent source of years of hard earned talent and skill.

Congratulations are owed to you because the comic responses are in truth hiding the fact that you’ve stumped us & I’ve never heard of this furniture style, be patient and there may be some wisdom following the chicanery… and don’t for god’s sake pull anyone’s finger.

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#10 posted 03-17-2015 11:02 PM

Thanks, but I looking into deleting my account. I find no comedic value in insulting my family. In short, I’m pissed!!! If I were face to face, the conversation would take on a very different tone. I think it’s better I leave.

-- Why measure twice when you can cut twice?

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#11 posted 03-17-2015 11:08 PM

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Collectibles-General-Antiques-682/2014/12/berkey-gay-full-size.htm

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#12 posted 03-17-2015 11:09 PM

http://www.justanswer.com/antiques/7f642-bought-berkey-gay-round-walnut-dinning-room-table.html

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#13 posted 03-17-2015 11:09 PM

I’m going to go ahead and close this thread now.

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