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This beautifully constructed dresser is unusually wide and deep, with superb craftsmanship and large, deep drawers. This piece was falling apart and had generally been abused when I found it in my neighborhood in Philadelphia. Falling apart!
So this restoration involved a complete rebuild of the joints as well as replacing missing trim, fixing veneer chips, and reinventing the color palette to contemporize.
We chose a combination of light blue colors and replaced the old damaged hardware with sleek matching blue porcelain knobs.
I pride myself on an extremely thorough job, inside & out. I keep my drawers clean of overspray and polish them out prior to delivery, so the client gets a nice, inviting dresser to put their personal effects in immediately. Can't stand these antique mall dealers who deliver furniture full of sawdust and paint flecks! I want my finish to appear as if it was original to the piece's manufacture 80-90 years ago.
I like to use high-quality furniture, especially if it is labeled by an important maker of the time. Saginaw shops made very high-quality furniture in the early 20th century.
I kept the distressing somewhat light on this one. But my hallmark is an ultra-smooth, polished appearance, no brush marks, no drips, sleek and smooth despite subtle wear & tear that gives it character. I use a 5-coat varnish professional finish over oil-based lacquer.
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