Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Childs Table Set Restoration

Here's a little restoration project I have been working on.    The set belongs to my friend Sandie who asked me if I would restore it.  It was made by her Grandfather back when her Mother was a little girl.   I believe she said it was made around 70 years ago.  At first I was a little intimidated because I didn't want to ruin it, but once I got them home and had a good look, I just knew I could fix them. 

The set was weathered from being left outside.  The goal was to keep as much original as possible. I did need to replace the seat, back and trim portion of the benches with new wood.  The table top was salvageable it just needed a good sanding and 8 layers of paint ;) 

I kept the original characters on the sides.  I glued and clamped and sanded and repainted to restore as close as I could to the originals.  I traced the design onto wax paper before I sanded just in case so I didn't lose any of the detail.

I think it turned out well and it was so much fun helping preserve a little piece of history for Sandie and her family.

Aren't they just the cutest.  Dontcha just love how the bunny is dancing.

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