DH finished repairing/refinishing the antique sea chest we found at town transfer station.
He had to make a replacement top and we bought the wood at a specialty wood place (cost about $70.) It was supposed to be 10" wide but in working on it DH discovered it was only 9" wide after a while!
We could see the outline of the original escutcheon and it was heart shaped. Tried to find one, no luck, so DH bought some brass at hardware store and cut the replacement (using wood indentation as pattern)
He also decided to make the rope handles but is dissatisfied with these so will remake.
He scrubbed, stripped, sanded and then gave 6 or 7 coats of shellac then two coats of French polish (shellac & linseed oil, rubbed in)
We had hoped to keep original finish but it was just too rough.This message has been edited. Last edited by: lady of shallot,
Your DH has done a wonderful job on this T2T chest! The finish looks very nice and the escutcheon is really special. Hope you will post the rope handles when they meet his approval. How are his 'macrame' skills?
"I have always had an aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style." ~Rose Tarlow
if you don't sell? hope you do like my sister did...she filled it with kid "treasure"...she had fake jewels, coins, and other things that would keep the grands busy....my neice still keeps it filled...
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Yep, Always, we got this leather sofa at our favorite salvage/surplus store for just a tad under $500. It is super comfortable and fits the space nicely. I had been looking for literally years. New furniture is very big these days as you know! We needed slightly smaller.This message has been edited. Last edited by: lady of shallot,
Hi SJF, his complaint is not with the rope (which is authentic for a sea chest) but with his work on the rope! Actually I just found out these handles are called "beckets" He is the sort of person who studies a lot in his interests and will teach himself to make the nicer ones.
But your suggestion is similar to what he did with the metal parts of these "beckets" he distressed them to age the metal. Thank you sjf!
Somehow I missed your post but am I ever glad I found it. My son sent me a picture of an old chest he found at a second hand store and wanted to know if I knew how he could restore it. He plans to set his tv on it in the family room. I am sending him the information you shared, so thank you very much.
You are more than welcome Frances! One word of caution, since this was finished with shellac and French polish, we are finding it more difficult to have it dry completely. Yesterday I put a wooden clock on the chest and when I removed it about 10 hrs later the "feet" marks remained. Don't know if this would happen with poly but doubt it.