7015616_origJust in time for the holidays, this little chest is nearing completion. It has been quite awhile since I posted an update on this chest project, as we were waiting for the new drawer appliqués to arrive. But once they got here, I got them reinstalled onto the drawers, completed the finishing and reinstalled the new hardware. This little chest has come a long way in the last month and I think the end result is just the way the original carpenter would have wanted it to look after 140 years. It has an elegant but simple look and the rubbed bronze hardware was a great choice.

There were quite a few challenges in bringing this chest back to life. From replacing rotten and missing wood, correcting the problems with the top mounting and duplicating a portion of the base trim to replace a missing piece. Many of these old furniture pieces used lumber that was never really grain matched, and getting the new stain to blend from each board required some individual attention. Therefore, the primary stains used on this project were General Finishes Spiced Walnut followed with a satin top coat.

A glimpse back on how the cabinet looked when work began.

A glimpse back on how the cabinet looked when work began.

This is the last project of the year before I head off to Scotland. I would like to thank the many thousands of visitors who follow all of our whimsical projects on this blog and please keep following in 2015. You never can tell what we might be working on next. Have a great holiday, be safe out there and take care of your family, friends and neighbors.

As always, if you need help with a project or want to learn more about some of the projects we are tinkering with drop me a note at popsrestorations@gmail.com and be sure to like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/popsrestorations. Check out the gallery below for more photos of this little chest.