I love working on maple. It's wood grain is wonderful and bold, and you can never ever see it under those muddy tan finishes that all the pieces had in the 1940s and 50s. Sanding them is kind of like unwrapping a gift. The grain slowly appears, and you really get a sense of the piece. The stain is the final touch, it brings the grain, makes it pop. There two dressers started life separately, but look so nice together. I sanded the tops, and replaced the drawer pulls on the tall chest. The low chest had great original drawer pulls already. I painted both pieces a soft antique white. I stained both tops a mixture of minx's sedona red and dark walnut, which is fast becoming my favorite stain color. All the top surfaces then got five coats of polyurethane. The night stand is, unbelievably, solid cherry, all the way through, even the underside of the drawer. They just don't make furniture like they used to. You simply can't buy solid wood furniture these days, not from stores at least. So there you have it. A matched set tall chest and low chest (solid maple) and night stand (solid cherry). Add one bed and you have an instant cottage style bedroom. Before and Afters below. Enjoy!!
|This is why I love maple. Look at that grain!|
|Cherry's not bad either!|
|Just one last picture of it. So pretty!|