Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Refurbished Music Cabinet

 At first glance, it looks as though this music cabinet has some fancy faux finish work on the front.  But on second glance, we noticed that the door front used to have a raised trim, which at some point had fallen, or been taken off.  This left a lighter decorative area where the stain had never ben applied.  It makes for a very interesting effect.

The cabinet also had considerable damage to the top surface, to repair that damage, we stripped the old finish off and completely refinished it.  As you can see from the photo to the left, the top now looks gorgeous.  The rest of the cabinet received some minor structural repairs,  and a very thorough refurbish job.

When we refurbish a piece of furniture, we begin by cleaning the piece with a mild soapy detergent.  This gets any dirt, grime and oils off the wood.  Also, if any of the old finish is going to flake off sometime down the road, this procedure removes that weak finish.   Once the piece is clean, we can assess to see if any additional color needs to be applied where weak finish may have come off.    We then will wax and polish the entire piece.  While this is not technically difficult work to accomplish,  it is really a workout!  If you tried to tackle waxing and polishing yourself you probably wouldn't have to go to the gym that day, you would have gotten all the exercise you need while working on your furniture!   One of the nice things about refurbishing vs, refinishing is that you get a nice satiny finish, but still have the character of the dents and scrapes and history, in tact.  Not everyone wants that, but if you don't want to change the color, and you don't mind seeing 'character' then refurbishing  may be the way to go for your furniture.

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