This beautiful Mid-Century modern veneered dining table had been imported to Australia from the UK. The extending mechanism was in good working order but there were a few problems our client wanted us to sort out for him…1) The finish, as you can see the extension sections in the middle had held their colour due to being hidden under the table for most of their lives. We needed to strip the entire table then tint the main sections to match, and breath new life into the timber with some much-needed oil.
This process would also help with the overall appearance of the surface finish of the table which had become scuffed and scratched over its lifetime. Some of these scratches would remain but would be disguised with the oils and new Danish oil finish we would be applying to the dining table. We have a policy of not sanding any mid-century or antique furniture. For one thing you lose all the history and value from the piece and two it is too risky when dealing with timber veneered tables as the veneer can be as thin as 0.6mm.
2) The mid-century dining table had become wobbly over the years and was in need of repair. We set about carefully taking the table apart cleaning all the joints, removing the dried glue from the dowels and tenon joints by hand with a chisel. The table was then ready to re-glue and clamp….
Once the frame was repaired and clamped we set about tackling the problem of the finish and mis-match colour of the top sections. We firstly stripped the entire table including the frame.
Once fully stripped we could start to put some colour back in the ‘cheeks’ of this top. We would start to build up the colour by picking out tones still visible in the central extension section, including a light walnut and teak brown hue.
After a few rounds of colour application to the main sections of the mid-century dining table it was now ready to start the process of finishing the piece, using Danish oil. The amount of coats required can vary from piece to piece depending on how dry the timber is and how many coats sink into the surface.
In this case the timber was pretty thirsty, we applied six coats of Danish oil to achieve the look and finish we were after.
So there we have it! Another successful restoration story. We repaired, stripped, cleaned, tinted and oiled this beautiful mid-century modern dining table back to life and ready for another 50 years of service. We love saving furniture from extinction especially when they look as good as this!
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