This chest of drawers came to us years ago so that we could strip it. The customer wanted to do the finish work on it, so it left our shop clean and ready for sanding, and staining. After realizing recently that they just weren't getting to the project, they brought it back to us to complete the work we started.
First off, there were some repairs that needed to be done, new drawer bottoms to be cut, a few areas patched where the wood was missing, and the top needed some bleaching. There were also some gouges that needed to be steamed out.
Then the fun began, color time! The customer came in and we put a few different stain color samples on the wood. We like to do this so that they get a really good idea of what their piece will look like when it is completed. Stains can look different on different woods, so looking at a chart on the wall isn't very helpful, it is better to see the stain on the actual wood it will be on. She chose a beautiful Cognac stain with a Satin sheen finish. The piece has new hardware and looks beautiful now that the work is done. One of the things I really love about this piece is that it's owners decided to leave some of it's imperfections visible. There are scratches visible under the finish, some spots where the wood has darkened, and an old burn mark about the size of a dime on one of the top corners. The work we did made it beautiful again, but without removing it's visible history.