I was asked to refinish this trunk for a friend. Since it is fairly flat and I could sand it, I took it on. I have used furniture stripper on a lot of furniture over the years, but decided long ago that it is something I only do for myself. It is a nasty job.
This piece is in great condition, it just needs a face lift.
It took quite a bit of sanding, both by machine and by hand. I stained it with Ebony stain from Minwax.
Then two coats of varnish, satin finish.
These pictures make it look a little washed out, in person it is richer in colour.
When I put the last coat of varathane on this I thought maybe I didn't really improve it that much, then I took a look at the before picture, yeah, I changed my mind! What do you think?