Eastlake furniture ranges wildly in price and is widely available from many auction houses, including Ebay, which lists several hundred items of this nature. This photo shows some molding which had fallen off of the side rail being glued back in place. If one wants a piece in perfect condition, they should buy or build one. I used a stencil brush to get the Restore-A- Finish into the carved details. Unless a piece in the Eastlake style is identified as being made by or another highly regarded name in antique furniture doing business in the late 1800s, they generally don't sell for high sums today although they may be attractive. For the top I picked out a sample jar of Black Dog Salvage Paint in Patinio Greenio.
I am assuming the drawer pulls on the bottom are not original either as I believe Eastlake dressers typically had tear drop pulls or ring pulls. Then I finished painting the walls. I started out working with an antique dealer, he provided me with lots of items he had bought that turned out to need too much work for his restorer to leave a profit. The Bed The finish for all three pieces had deteriorated to the point that I decided to remove it. Should I ever be compensated to write, I will make full disclosure. When you clean your pieces with Simple Green, do you dilute the cleaner with water or use it full strength? I was recently given a burled walnut bed and matching dresser with a granite top and a framed mirror above that. It is definitely not shellac and it doesn't have a clear coat over it of any kind that I can tell.
If you can shed any light on this subject, I would appreciate it. The use of rugged woods like oak and the elimination of applied decorations were characteristic of Eastlake furniture. Want to find the next bargain whose story goes viral and makes you rich? Or do I strip the whole thing and re -shellac which I have never used before? What detail on the bottom — imagine the craftsmanship that went into building this beauty. Each piece in the set employs fine walnut burl veneer as a focal point. Refinished wood pieces have their place in an active family home, and this process is fine to attempt on wood furniture that is not designated as an investment or family heirloom to savor. When I did this I found this piece of paper glued to the inside of the back. In many cases it will actually enhance the value.
Your headboard is awesome too, I would have never known you added the side pieces — but that was a great idea!! The style sometimes includes mild Renaissance Revival and medieval influences that do not overwhelm the designs. Hope the luxury armchair that I bought for my country house in Swindon, perfectly matches with the ambience. One coat of paint then I applied to antique or age the finish. However the clients sentimental value or emotional attachment can place its value much higher than the items innate monetary value. The matte, natural finish is an awesome update while keeping the integrity of the original design intact. Wood is white oak, dark shellac D. This project includes the best of both worlds, at least in my opinion.
The paper shows the names of several towns in Ohio and their population numbers. Hi Dean, A good restorer needs to know every thing about the furniture he is working on, you need to study and handle many pieces, you need to know the way the furniture was constructed at differing periods, the different woods and finishes used. It includes some influences from medieval and Renaissance Revival styles. Today is furniture fixer upper day and wait until you see what my friends have to share. My wife and I have been stripping a 200 year old porch bench been in our family for over 125 years from the family farm. A professional restorer will not take on projects he or she is not capable of preforming until they have acquired the necessary knowledge and training to achieve a proficient skill level that assures treatment out come.
Would this be the original finish? Although Eastlake furniture is technically considered Victorian, being popular from 1870 to 1890, it breaks away from the excessive high relief carving, classical elements, and numerous curves of other styles produced during this time frame. It is online and it is very hard to match colors from a picture. Technical Restraints — verses — The Perfect Restoration? What is a fruit finish?. These replacement pieces are attached with methods that can be removed easily later when our global technology advances into an era that can recreate the exact pieces that were once on the furniture. People had filled their homes with large pieces of carved furniture, thick upholstery, and heavy draperies that collected dust and germs and kept out healthful air and light.
I realize that the likelihood of my possessing a historically important piece of furniture is close to zero. Sometimes it is difficult to tell what type of wood was used because of dark varnishes coating the surface. Eastlake furniture was referred to as using joinery and would suggest oils rather than stains to disguise inexpensive woods. As far as I can tell, any repairs were made many decades ago. This one exhibits the typical geometric design elements and lightly incised carving associated with Eastlake pieces, which could be simple or elegant.
That green is the perfect color to compliment the rest of the table. The backs of sideboards are curved in the most senseless and extravagant manner; the legs of cabinets are curved, and become in consequence constructively weak; drawing room tables are curved in every direction -perpendicularly and horizontally- and are therefore inconvenient to sit at, and always rickety. I did a little research on the table but was unable to tell if this is an Eastlake design table, or Victorian, or American Eastlake. Lori reveals secrets to getting thrift store discounts, understanding how to spot steals, and how to use the thrift store's calendar in your favor. I know you depend on ads to support your blog and some are helpful. Or do I use A stripper? The front area around the big drawers and the wood surrounding the mirror also appear to be maple while the side panels and top flat piece around the smaller drawers is oak. Some have beautifully turned legs and may be fitted with metal claw feet holding glass balls.
I tried to find an answer through Googling, but I didn? But I have to take the course to find out how to determine what other finishes were used on the piece of furniture. One interesting thing is that my husband and I now wonder if the headboard on ours once had a veneer in that middle section like yours does with the burl veneer. I could move right into your room! What I find so interesting about this furniture style is that it is one of the earliest to be made entirely in a mass production setting and each element is produced by machine. The finish is proving stubborn to remove without aggressive sanding. About the Author: Kay Davenport writes for Antique Furniture, her personal hobby blog focused on experiences related to antique furniture restoration. It was manufactured by factories in the east that had branch offices in midwest cities.
Buy your furniture, have it well restored and then enjoy it. In American pieces, ebonized wood was used from time to time, especially for those with an intentional Asian flair. Are you an avid thrift store shopper looking for that edge? I was given to family heirloom China cabinets when my mother passed away. If you are hoping to retain some sort of historical value, you probably want to leave it alone and consult a professional. When cost is a restraint, the procedures that protect from current environmental harm and stop deterioration should be completed first.