One thing I get excited about (more than food), is refinishing wood furniture. Ooooooo, beautiful wood graining, where were you hiding all my life?!
Well, of all my refinishing projects to date, this was the longest...like, eons. Last winter, I bought this vintage mid century modern dresser set by Lane, from their Rhythm collection (made in 1950s or 1960s - I think 1960s), from a nice man who was selling it because they were not really his style. The set belonged to his mother, who had had it in her home when she was young. It was once a beautiful set (all hardwood with a thick walnut veneer - AMAZING), and his mother really wanted it to go to someone that could really appreciate its beauty. Well, at the time that I bought it...it looked like it had been to hell and back, and on the way back, someone splatter-barfed on it. So, to appreciate the beauty of the dressers, I had to look at their beautiful lines and just imagine their potential (like, with a LOT of imagination). But, despite my optimism, I still kept thinking...oh God, this is going to take FOREVER to refinish.
Well, in Michigan, you can't refinish stuff in the winter, unless you're lucky enough to have a well-ventilated, heated garage or studio or something...which I'm not. womp, womp. SO, this sat stufed in my garage until a warm spring day finally came thru. So, beginning in May, I refinished the tops. A M A Z I N G. The wood graining was just spectacular. The drawer fronts were already still in gorgeious condition, they just needed cleaning, so I didn't have to worry about those, BUT, now, next to the beautful tops and drawer fronts, the finish on the sculpted handles looked, just....sad. So...more sanding (ug), more staining (ooooh!), more poly....and, the handles just GLOW now! And it's only taken 2 months..... :)
Anyway, as proud of myself as I am on this project (like, so proud! I feel like the wood master!), I'm going to sell this set now. I have no space for them, otherwise I'd be very tempted to keep them!
If you're interested in buying them, click here!