My dining room is decorated with various bits of furniture that I have collected along the way.
This beautiful dresser is my pride and joy. I found it in an old friend’s garage (one day I will tell you the story about this friend). Her husband was a car mechanic and he was using the dresser as a work surface and as a store cupboard for his tools and car bits and pieces. It was black, imbedded in dirt grease and grime. The lovely insert on the door could not be seen because of the dirt and grease embedded into it. I loved it instantly and fortunately for me they were about to burn it as they said it was taking up space and it was ugly, can you imagine that, sacrilege. I got the husband to deliver the dresser to my home and set to work cleaning the dresser to bring it back to life.
To remove the dirt grease and old wax, I cleaned with an antique cleaner restorer, you can imagine the sludgy mess that developed, once all the old wax and grease was removed I cleaned the surface with white spirit and to bring back the colour I then rubbed it down with burnishing cream and applied wood reviver, which I made using a mixture of malt vinegar, methylated spirit and linseed. How did I know all of this, I bought a book on restoring old furniture? The inside of the dresser I cleaned with bleach and mild soapy water. I placed new handles, shame as the old ones were long gone and there you see the finished result
The chair to the right is a part of a three piece carved bergere cane chairs I bought from the local auction, after cleaning and applying wood reviver, I recovered the seat and cushions. The tiffany lamp is part of a pair again bought from auction and my dining table which can’t be seen is from a local second hand shop or thrift shop as it is now in USA. I love this room.
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