These past few weeks at the Redeux workshop have been busy. Several pieces of furniture have been restored and several others have found new homes.
Two pieces were refinished using custom stains. The first was the sideboard / server that had been sitting in the workshop for a few months awaiting refinishing. After removing the old, damaged shellac this piece was re-stained using first a special “plum mahogany” color and then finished off using a medium custom walnut stain. This process took a bit longer than a one-step staining, but the patina and graining were brought out wonderfully. Since this piece was made to be used around food and drinks, an old fashioned varnish was applied as a top coat. This finish should hold up much better than the original shellac finish. This server has already been given a new home. Because this piece turned out so well I decided to use the same process on a compact “half server”. Dating from about the 1930’s or so, this piece has some interesting detail work and can serve in a number of functions. It really looks great.
Another piece that was given the spa treatment is an oak dresser. This sturdy chest has lots of character: great patina, crackled shellac finish (the real deal, not brought about by mixing glue with paint) and classic turn of the century lines. After giving this chest a deep, gentle cleaning and then a “wood feeding” using a special, all natural, Redeux gumbo mojo, this beauty will compliment any room.
During the winter I plan to work on several pieces that have been awaiting some TLC. There is an interesting vanity with mirror that appears to have been made by an individual rather than as a production piece, a small chest of drawers and the piece I have mentioned before that will be given a stenciled top. Each of these pieces will present new challenges and opportunities. But, they are worth it. I also plan during the winter to continue to search for the special pieces that some of you have been looking for.
The second year of the Redeux Garage/Workshop being open is drawing to a close. Soon, all work will be done in the lower level of our home. To each of you, whether you stopped by once or many times, I thank you. You have given me suggestions, encouragement to try new things and an appreciation for what I try to do – revive pieces from America’s past in order that they continue being used into the future.
Hope to see you soon,