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Second day...adapting and staining Ketterley's kitchen dressers

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Second day...adapting and staining Ketterley's kitchen dressers
Three dressers, to fill all of the left wall in the kitchen, inspired by those in Lanhydrock House, Cornwall, UK. They started out as these cheap unfinished whitewood dressers from eBay: 171660205591. I haven't been able to finish them today, so they will have to count for two days. I have removed the bun feet and trimmed the right side of the dresser on the left, the left side of the one on the right, and both sides of the one in the centre, to allow them to butt against each other. (I'm planning to glue them together). They've each had three coats of walnut stain, and been sanded between each coat. (They are actually darker and less red in tone than this photo suggests). "On the third day", they will have a final top coat of dark oak Bri-wax. The brass drawer knobs are to be replaced with cup handles, which the Lanhydrock dresser drawers have. I've also cut and stained a strip of wood to cover the tops of the dressers, to hide the joins when they are in situ.
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10 Comments

Brooksey
6:14 PM on December 28, 2015 
Thank you for your kind comments, Jenny, Jan, Judy, Freda and Valerie! It's been lovely to have the time to work on this!
Brooksey
6:07 PM on December 28, 2015 
theinfill.wordpress.com says...
Lovely and a lot of work too. I had to look up cup handle knobs, didn?t know that that was what they called themselves.
However after falling about laughing at Grecon Majesty and all the goings on I was still somewhat giddy when I arrived 'here' so when I did get to these beautifully worked on dressers and the ?trimmed the right side of the dresser on the left ?? etc I actually fell off my chair gasping for breath! I read it over twice and it was like being stuck in an old time patter routine (Danny Kaye with the vessel from the Castle or perhaps Abbot and Costello and ?Who?s on First?)
Phew must take a breather.


Oh, Do - your dryness at my verbosity has had me spluttering!

I hardly think that this qualifies as " lot of work" compared to the amazing effort you put into Hogepotche Hall!
Freda Knight
5:54 PM on December 28, 2015 
Marvelous idea and so good that Lanhydrock is your inspiration. I love stately homes.
lallyp
5:34 PM on December 28, 2015 
Amazing attention to detail as always, Julie!
theinfill.wordpress.com
2:24 PM on December 28, 2015 
Lovely and a lot of work too. I had to look up cup handle knobs, didn?t know that that was what they called themselves.
However after falling about laughing at Grecon Majesty and all the goings on I was still somewhat giddy when I arrived 'here' so when I did get to these beautifully worked on dressers and the ?trimmed the right side of the dresser on the left ?? etc I actually fell off my chair gasping for breath! I read it over twice and it was like being stuck in an old time patter routine (Danny Kaye with the vessel from the Castle or perhaps Abbot and Costello and ?Who?s on First?)
Phew must take a breather.
Judy C
9:19 AM on December 28, 2015 
Great job Julie. Will be fab in place and dressed..
Jan
9:11 AM on December 28, 2015 
These will look impressive in situ.
jenny
5:49 AM on December 28, 2015 
An excellent job Julie as usual I admire your attention to the correct detail of the full size pieces.
Brooksey
5:08 AM on December 28, 2015 
Thank you, Debbie! They're going to be loaded with all the beautiful Stokesay Ware Blue Willow china and the "best" gold service by Victoria Fasken, so they should look good! The china will blaze against that dark wood! (There'll be plenty of utensils in all those drawers and cupboards, too - but that will be less obvious!). I'm thinking that I should add an internal shelf to each cupboard, so they will hold more.

I did actually post a photo on the second day, (just - it was very late yesterday evening), but, in that one, the dressers looked quite shiny (they're not at all, in reality). I did this replacement this morning, which is why it has today's date. Despite the colour being off, this gives a much better impression of them.
Debbie S
4:58 AM on December 28, 2015 
Will look great when finished.

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