The oak server is probably from about 1900-1925. It had been badly refinished already. Usually I'm not one to critique other refinisher's work but this was bad BAD a real hack job. First the previous person had painted the top. The only reason I could imagine for this was that there was some damage to the top that the sticky black oil paint was hiding. I warned the client that without sanding it, there was no way to know what we were dealing with, and it was possible we'd have to put a new top on it. So I went ahead and sanded the top. It was tiger oak, miraculous spectacular flawwwwlesssss tiger oak. One of those moments when I want to drop my sander and dance a jig. I stained and sealed it. I also had to sand the entire case down. The red and black paint had been poorly and sloppily applied, and needed to be sanded smooth. I then painted the case in a fresh crisp white, and the interior is a custom mixed medium gray blue. I swapped the modern pulls out for a set of antique turned wood knobs I'd been saving for just such an occasion. They are likely exactly what the piece had originally. I'm wicked pleased with how this one turned out!
|all that and somehow I managed to not take a 'before' photo!! Here's a blurry thumbnail from the original CL post.|