Sunday, July 25, 2010

Before and After

Mid Century Vintage Danish Dresser -- From Wallflower to Showpiece 
This is an interesting piece a client brought to me that was in need of some TLC: a Danish Mid Century Dresser with teak veneer and solid wood drawers.  The veneer was peeling in places and scratched, the finish had either disappeared in spots or melted into a plasticky puddles.  Instead of this piece taking the spotlight as a show stopper, it meekly whispered, "Oh, no, that's cool...I'll just be right here in the corner."


Well, working with my client (who had just moved and wanted to make a statement with her place), we came up with a plan to really make this piece shine.

The construction of the piece was solid but the condition of the veneer on the drawer faces was such that it would have to be replaced (an often difficult and expensive undertaking) and my client wanted to stay within a budget. 

So, we decided to give the front of this piece a new facelift and paint it white.  For this, I used a quality semi-gloss paint that would resist fading, yellowing and stains; I also added a few coats of wax to the finish to give it even more protection.  The top, sides and legs of this piece were then sanded carefully (so as to avoid sanding through the very thin teak veneer), stained with a natural walnut stain and finished with an all natural, oil and beeswax finish (all applied by hand) and then hand buffed.

The result (which we were both very happy with), is a piece that now says "I'm sophisticated, I have great bone structure and I won't be ignored."   Shine on, you beautiful, little Danish diamond.  Shine on.

1 comment:

  1. Holy crap, Blue, this looks AMAZING!!! You are doing SUCH beautiful work!! I love the humor too - you should be as popular as decor8 or apartment therapy!!!! Really nice work and fun to read as well, or, as we like to say asswell. : )