This Walnut Armoire has been in the family since it was new, dating back to 1864. It was sent to me in many pieces, in a terrible state of disrepair. The bottom rear left foot had been replaced with a chunk of wood just to hold it up and these kind of “repairs’ carried through the whole restoration project. I never quite knew what I would find next and had to undo not only the ravages of time, but the ravages of amateur “fixes”.
This piece was brought back to life by the will of my client; he saw its potential and mine as its restorer. We were a perfect triumvirate of restoration- my client, his armoire and me.
This armoire was repaired and restored, including (but not only!) replacing the bottom left leg panel, taking apart the entire cabinet and steaming off all old glue including on the base, side and face panels and top crown of cabinet. It was basically in need of a complete rebuild from fore to aft including fabrication of runners and trim pieces. After rebuilding, the original wood finish was restored to its natural beauty. It now resides as the focal point in the living area of their home. I'm proud to have been able to have brought this piece back to life for them.
I have a large gallery here of BEFORE, DURING and AFTER shots- sadly, some of my shots with my iPad just do not do the wood finish full justice….but you can get a good taste of this in depth restoration!
Piece picked up from and delivered back home to Santa Rosa, CA.
Starting with the pieces:
Here is a shot of the same panel in repair:
Some shots of that makeshift "leg":
More details and restoration techniques:
They say it is all in the details.....doors before restore:
Each step exciting:
From bottom to top and in between:
Drawer glides-will glide again! Before and afters: