Yesterday was the 3-month anniversary of carting home the Lane Acclaim series side-table. In need of work, ours has been a love-hate relationship ever since. Well, at least until today! Below: the car ride home…
What Gadora imagined might be a brilliant and expeditious reno, was actually a laborious lesson in patience and how to best overcome over-simplified project expectations. The original oven-baked lacquer finish had at some point been coated with a shiny lacquer.
More than 11 hours after beginning, picking up and applying the first container of stripper… we have success!
The table sucked up an entire bottle of green stripper. Then let me sand and sand and sand… while it promised something grand. Careful not to disturb the Lane insignia underneath, with a manufacture date of January 1966, Gadora sanded and scraped the shellac drips under its lip until they faded.
Table top with newly exposed dove-tail detail. Only a layer of tung oil has been applied in this photo, revealing the walnut top and oak edges.
Early on this series of furniture boasted “brass ferrules, which were later dropped in favor of simple black-painted ones.” Mine required more sanding, a light black coat and replacement caps. Gadora also stained over the ferrules, allowing them to maintain the same lustre as the table itself.
Here she is. With two careful coats of stain applied, then meticulously wiped off and blended, the table top has a soft lustre, depending on the light and angle with which she is approached. (Click on the pics for a larger view!)
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Set up as a nightstand, the Lane table lends sophistication and nostalgia to a comfortable setting. At last.