dresser was my late grandmother's, and was in a poor state of repair.
Some of the hardware had broken, many of the drawers and drawer bottoms
were broken, and the finish was in rough shape. This is a picture of the
dresser after stripping and repair of the damaged drawers. It still is
in need of some additional sanding prior to applying a new finish.
A local company,
Ball & Ball, restores/repairs/fabricates antique
hardware and did a great job replacing a couple of the ornate bails. To the left
picture of the drawers prior to their repair.
the right is the dresser minus the drawers, prior to its refinish.
Below are pictures of the finished dresser. I used a
Cherry colored Danish Oil to warm up the oak wood, followed with a few
coats of garnet shellac. In all, it came up pretty well. Below you can
also see the foot detail.
Below are close-ups of the ornate hardware. Ball and
Ball did a great job with the couple pieces that were missing and
broken, and did a great job cleaning the hardware and locking