Before & after … the journey
An awful lot of work goes on between these 'before' and 'after' photos.
When I get a new piece I clean thoroughly & inspect it carefully so I can see what needs to be fixed (gluing, replacing etc).
Then a good sand and filling of dings & scratches is the next step.
If I plan to use lighter colours I ALWAYS apply a primer/sealer/undercoat in case of tannin blead.
Then 2 or 3 coats of paint and often varnish for extra protection.
Then comes the fun part: the finishing touches such as adding stencils, transfers, metallic paint, gold leaf, decoupage etc.
With lots of waiting in between for things to dry.
Once finished I also leave time for paint & varnish to cure before listing for sale.
As you can see a lot of these pieces are damaged & quite ugly before their make over: but if they have good lines and are well made and 100% wood they are SO WORTH SAVING!