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February 27, 2015

As much as we love DIY projects there are occasions when it's
time to call in a professional.  Today's Before and After Friday post
features furniture that was too far gone to be rehabbed by novices.

 Veneer damage is something that most
of us aren't equipped to tackle.
The repairs to this gate leg table had a happy ending.

 Removing several layers of old paint isn't as simple as
applying paint thinner.  Old wood can be quite delicate.

This table was beautifully restored to its original graceful state.

 This pitiful twin bed was consigned to a
backyard shed after many years of service: 
The owner decided to have it
made into a charming bench:

Before and after photos of an antique satinwood knife box:

Before and after photos of a French walnut dresser:

Broken leg of a Chinese table:

This oak chest of drawers was ready for the dump:

Hardly!  Great job.

A damaged library table . . . . .
. . . was restored to its former glory.

Curved veneer can be a big challenge:

An amazing vanity restoration:

An antique tilt top table was in desperate need of help:


The damage to this Victorian dining table was daunting:


This antique card table needed a new leg:

The new hand made leg perfectly matches its mates.

The damaged leg of this Sheraton chair was a
candidate for repair instead of replacement:


The Manchurian cabinet, below, has a fascinating history.  It was on the last ship
into Charleston Harbor before the Union blockade during the Civil War.

The interior of the cabinet was also restored:

And, lastly, this photo 'says it all' about furniture refinishing done right:
If you don't have the time or tools to tackle that dilapidated old
treasure patiently sitting in the back of your garage, pull it
out and take it to a professional refinisher.  You'll be glad you did.

Special thanks today to:
Austin Furniture Doctor
Buckhead Find Restorations
Lauer Furniture


  1. Some people just have the "touch" and a whole lot of patience.

  2. Very nice.
    Have a lovely weekend or are you covered in snow ?

    cheers, parsnip

  3. Love that these were saved! So many are being painted, hiding the true beauty of the piece and original craftmanship.

  4. Veneer replacement is one thing I'll not try again. (smile)