Last week we bought a chest of drawers and a treadle-operated sewing machine from a neighbour, Allison, who was clearing out one of her farm cottages. The drawers are solid pine, Victorian and have the original handles. It’s a really nice, solid piece but had a dark stain and varnish on. We did a bit of experimenting to see what worked best to get rid of the stain and the winner was stripping the varnish with our trusty heat gun, then sanding by hand. We forgot to take a “before” picture but here is the chest with one drawer stripped.

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Having cleared the garage a bit recently (and thanks to Dad installing more light and power), it is great to have the space to chip away at the task in the evening over the next few weeks. Matt even says he’s enjoying it! The finished chest will be waxed and then used either in Iris’s room when she moves into it or in the boys’ bedroom (with Iris getting the oak wardrobe).

Here’s a picture from another angle. I love the reassuringly chunky handles and the very Scottish columns either side at the front. There’s even a secret drawer. The plastic tub and the wooden blocks you can see underneath are to protect the chest from some of the leaks in the Garage!

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