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    Posted 7 years ago

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    We picked up this 20s buffet on craigslist (like most of my projects). It had been touched up and the finish was dark and heavy. I stripped most of it using only acetone and a toothbrush, but some of the newer finish wouldn't dissolve and I had to use stripper.

    The back is stamped " Basic Furn. Co." & "NO.673 (or 073) N.B.HALL" with the date "12-2-28 _63"written in chalk.

    I have many more pictures here:

    I just haven't loaded the good ones from my camera - just my phone

    The pictures I've uploaded here are the "before", side by side comparison of a stripped drawer, drawer pull and "after" (horrible picture).

    *** update! Found a set of exact same drawer pulls today on eBay. Couldn't believe it :) I'll use the extra ones on the next project ***

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      The chalk writing is either done by the warehouse or the company moving it, not by the maker. If you intend stripping carvings and moldings buy a cheap battery operated tooth brush with several different stiffness bristles. They work like a charm on those hard to get to places.
    2. gforce1108, 7 years ago
      The battery operated toothbrush is a good idea :) somehow this one toothbrush has lasted through several projects. I spent hours on the dining room table with it.
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      You would be amazed what a battery tooth brush will do. Faucets, mag wheels, glass top stoves etc.
    4. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      You found this on Craigslist ? Wow - Great find!! Totally Congrats !!!!

      So much of the Stuff I see on Craigslist is real crappy stuff ( as I have found out ). Saw some vintage Blonde Wood furniture that should have thrown in a Pile and destroyed!!

      You should see the Pictures I saw on there!! I had to keep them..........and they are Selling That......LOL............OMG
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Great idea with the toothbrush too !!!
    6. gforce1108, 7 years ago
      auntiquerose: we've found a good amount of really nice antiques that need to be refinished, and some that were actually in good shape on CL, but you are correct... there's a whole lot of crap out there! Most of what I have posted here came from CL (everything but the clock and dresser - they were yard sales). My dining table was actually purchased from a guy that does cleanouts - he was paid to take it to the dump but figured it was a little too nice. Took me a ton of hours, but it was worth it!

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