Nitty Gritty Furniture Design and Restoration


Recent Restoration Projects - May, 2011

A Closer Look...

King George IV Whatnot


This fine 200 year old Rosewood

whatnot, was purchased at auction in the U.S. and imported to Canada (with some difficulty).

The damage shown was the condition it was purchased in, not from shipping!

However, the items needing work included; the 2nd shelf, that had warped, veneer chips missing on the shelf edges, a broken shelf support rail, water ring damage on the shelves and a caster that had worn loose from the cup.

Broken Rail:

Unfortunately the broken rail supported the warped shelf, and it was very thin.  We had to rebuilt the rail on the inside and re-pin it to the post.  Now you wouldn’t really know.

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Water Marks:

This piece had been refinished a number of times in it’s history, and we discovered the finish was Nitrocellulose Lacquer.  That made it fairly easy to wash down, deal with the water marks on a number of shelves and re-coat in new N. lacquer.  It now looks like it has a beautiful French Polish.

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