Old Dressers

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Project by Bob42 posted 11-08-2008 06:44 PM 3240 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I refinished these Red Mahogany dressers about 10 years ago. They are about 55 years old. The tall dresser was mine and the smaller was my sister’s. She had painted hers 6 times. Mine was left as is. I stripped both and sanded with various grit paper ending with 400. I did use a dental pick to get onto the small pieces, mixed the stain to match the original color that had a lot of red. I used minwax red oak as a base then added a dark red paint and stain tint. after some trial and error it matched perfectly. The finish was about 6 coats of oil poly sanded between coats with 400. These dressers have been for my wife and I since completed. I must say I was very proud of these although you can’t tell from the bad quality pictures. Sorry about that. The red tones in the pictures look more orange but they are not.

Feel free to make suggestions.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#1 posted 11-08-2008 06:49 PM

They are beautiful ! Great restoration project : )

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#2 posted 11-08-2008 06:57 PM

Those are some beautiful dressers.

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#3 posted 11-08-2008 07:11 PM

Great job.

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#4 posted 11-09-2008 06:11 AM

Wow! Those turned out great.

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#5 posted 11-09-2008 06:16 AM

great looking dresser
good job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 10-24-2009 08:55 PM

This shows what happens when you start out with a good piece of furniture to begin with. Still in service 50 -60 years later. All that crap that I see at the IKEA store is landfill fodder.

What the hell are we doing America?

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#7 posted 10-25-2009 04:43 AM

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