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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2008 08:22:21 AM »

Wow.  Just wow.  This looks incredible.  You did a wonderful job, and I'm sure your parents just love it!
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2008 08:38:44 AM »

Absolutely stunning. Beautiful.
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2008 11:10:02 AM »

It's beautiful.  You did a brilliant job restoring it.
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2008 11:10:22 AM »

Hey
The piece looks great
But I had to go back and comment, because I saw your name.
My names Ophelia! I'm sorry, I just got excited, I've never seen someone else with my name.
Excuse my ranting :]
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2008 02:58:22 PM »

Looks fantastic! Nice job...I love refinishing/restoring old furniture and have done a few pieces myself, but I've never done something as awesome as sideboard!!
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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2008 02:59:01 PM »

I love it. I love that you chose to show off the wood rather than bury it in paint. I'm really glad you did not  throw it out either.
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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2008 05:08:30 PM »

Wow - it looks awesome now. Great work!
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« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2008 06:19:17 PM »

Gorgeous and sentimental - two of my favorite things!  Did you use tung oil on it or a poly or something?  Great job!
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2008 12:05:13 AM »

That looks like a totally new piece of furniture!  Great work!
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2008 03:56:38 AM »

Thank you to all of you for your comments!! Thanks for your compliments I'm glad you like how the sideboard turned out! Cheesy Wow.. you made my day!
In reality I have to admit that the photo flash helped me and showed a light that is not so bright! Wink
Anyway, since you have asked some details I list you quickly the steps!
Did you use a liquid stripper, or just sanding?
1) The sideboard had originally three or four layers of old paint (dark brown, green and blue) so I couldn't start to sand immediately and I once read somewhere that use the caustic soda or other liquid stripper is not recommended because it damages deeply the wood.
I don't know if it's the right way but for removing the paint layers I used a sort of thermic gun (I don't know how is the English name... actually I don't know either how is the right Italian name Tongue ) that heat at high temperatures the paint, which melts so you can remove it with a spatula.
2) After remove all the paint only remained the brown paint because probably was a kind of resistant wax. I removed it sanding all the sideboard with the "mouse", the electric sandpaper, until discover the original white wood.
3) Than I have filled every little hole with the repellent and the biggest hole with the putty and let dry. Meanwhile after having remove all the metal pieces I've cleaned them up from the rust with the bicarbonate. I had to replace the four feet of the sideboard because they were completely rotten.
4) Sanded again and in order to protect the wood I've covered the entire sideboard with two hands of shellac, one hand of natural paint for old rustic furniture and than a hand of beeswax to bring out the knots of wood (letting dry between the different hands of paint).

And et voil! Cheesy
Hope to have answered to your questions!

Thank you again!
Ophy

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Hey
The piece looks great
But I had to go back and comment, because I saw your name.
My names Ophelia! I'm sorry, I just got excited, I've never seen someone else with my name.
Excuse my ranting :]
I'm sorry to disappoint you but Ophelia it's not my real name, it's Cristina! Tongue I use Ophelia as nickname because I think it's a gorgeous name, you're lucky!! Probably if I had a daughter I'd call her Ophelia!! Cheesy
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