How best to value and sell a beautiful, large, fragile antique desk in the suburban Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Jul 12, 2012 -
My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Jul 24, 2011 -
We've inherited a wooden sea chest from 1827 along with accompanying provenance and documentation. That's the good news. The bad news is that it stinks. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying
on Nov 5, 2009 -
Hand sanitizer stained (really, lightened) my antique furniture. Is there a remedy? [more inside]
posted by wheat
on Jul 12, 2008 -
So I got this beautiful antique chest of drawers which is perfect except that it stinks, really badly...please help. [more inside]
posted by beckish
on Oct 18, 2007 -
Need furniture (wood) restoration tips
I just made an unbelievable find in the trash on a sidewalk in manhattan (you wouldnt believe the things people throw out here). Its a solid wood restaurant butcher block table whch measures 24" X 24" X 10" thick! It weighs 85kilos / 190lbs !!
I am really excited about restoring it. I have done some furniture restoration in the past but it always involved sanding the shit out of something until its bare again and refinishing it with a polyurethane or a stain of whatever flavor.
In this case I think the butcher block has a lot of character (such as knife marks, dents and has also gotten a nice color from all the grease and oils it came into contact with) and I want to preserve that somehow. Its really dirty and kind of nasty at the moment. Can someone offer some suggestions about which solvents i can use to clean it thogroughly? I'm thinking denatured alcohol / mineral spirits but will that be tough enough to clean it?
posted by postergeist
on Dec 28, 2005 -
How does one learn about furniture/antiques, specifically Danish Modern furniture? Total idjit/newbie questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Aug 23, 2005 -