This is a long overdue makeover post. I finished this piece and delivered it at the end of November last year. My biggest problem was getting the pictures right. You see this makeover is of a four piece bedroom set and well, I live in a tiny house. That already has furniture in it. On delivery day it was threatening to rain but we were able to line everything up outside and gets some quick pictures before packing it up for the ride.
TB will always remember this makeover by the number of stairs at the clients house. We had only been married a few weeks so he still liked me a lot and was nice enough to carry 3 of the pieces down 3 flights of stairs. He’s a good sport.
This bedroom set had belonged to the client’s grandparents and had a lot of sentimental value even though it was in bad shape. She had wanted it just to look nice again. Her husband really thought it should go into the fireplace. So I figured I had to make it look awesome again and prove it was worth saving. I am great at putting a lot of pressure on myself.
So here is one of the pieces, the desk which had plenty of scratches and dings.
All four pieces were stripped with SoyGel. Frankly it made for quite a CSI scene since the old stain came off bright red and looked like I was covered in blood. I had red hands for days. After sanding, new Safecoat Durostain in mahogany then a few coats of Polywhey, it was finished. And frankly so were my arms.
Here is a close up of the beautiful old veneer with it’s makeover.
Here are all the pieces finished. I wish I could have captured the transformation a bit better. It was quite a change.
The hardware is original. I know a lot of times hardware looks shot and gets tossed but give this method a try first. Take some baking soda and lemon juice and make a paste, then use it to clean the hardware using a soft toothbrush. After you rinse and dry, add a little wax and buff. I really like Kerf’s Wood Cream and it smells awesome. Here is a before and after picture so you can see the difference. (The client actually thought I put on new hardware!)
This was the largest amount of furniture I have ever had to do at once. There were four large pieces and fifteen drawers! It was a little tough finding floor space but totally worth it. It is worth saving old pieces. They are usually made better than anything you can buy now for new and have so much more style. If you need help, let me know. I am happy to answer questions anytime!
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