This is the way I found her , she was even missing some of her jewelry . I keep a stash of hard wear taken on pieces that can't be salvaged so I knew I could come up with some new bling for her.
Antique Oak Side Table Restored to Beauty From a Beast
This poor little Oak side table was so bad it was hard to tell what kind of wood it was . But I knew it could be saved with a little tender loving care and some denatured alcohol .
I started cleaning off the top with a coarse grade steel wool and denatured alcohol . Make sure you wear gloves cause the alcohol can do a number on your hands ,plus the old finish gets real gunky . I keep paper towels handy to wipe off the old finish as it dissolves.
the beauty of the wood starting to show
Here is one of the drawer pulls the are solid cast brass . I know I won't be able to find the missing one so I'm using some from my stash. This one when it cleaned and polished is going to be a necklace . I'll post that another time
the different stages of cleaning again with the alcohol and a my Dremel with a wire brush attachment
This is a view of the side
the front 2 drawers are bowed out and really pretty
And here she is all pretty again the inserts on the doors area darker oak same as the sides but you couldn't see that before
I was pleasantly surprised by the top no damage just dirty
The front had a few dings on the edge but it gives it character
Here is a view of the darker side panel
- Denatured alcohol (Lowes)
- Steel wool (Lowes)
- Varathane satin (Home depot)