Makeover for mahogany dressers?
November 29, 2010 3:34 PM Subscribe
How to make old mahogany furniture prettier and less oppressive?
posted by amber_dale to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have some mahogany bedroom furniture passed down from family that I'd like to keep, but it needs a makeover. There's a dresser, lingerie chest, and matching nightstand, all finished in dark red stain and maybe shellac (age is uncertain---perhaps 1930s?). All three pieces are rather battered and scraped.
Here are some photos of the dresser
, which is representative. The right side has been cleaned and polished and the hardware removed. There are still some ghosts from the pull plates and even a generous application of scratch-covering Old English cannot hide the scratches for long. The extremely dark stain also makes them dominate any room in a somewhat unpleasant way.
Any ideas for hardware replacement to spruce it up? Is an expensive refinishing job the only way to make these look nice? Should I just say screw the wood grain and paint the lot a lighter color?