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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith | Allen Talks with John Class about the revitalization of an antique chest. | PBS

Duration: 03:00
Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

Gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith Talks with John Class about the revitalization of an antique chest that he found in an antique store. This video is from season 11 of his public television series, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home And it was really interesting to find a piece this nice and this old and find the things that are interesting, like the back is one solid piece of wood, which is really quite unusual to see it in solid wood. And then, of course, it needed a lot of repairs as well. Most of the time when we get an old piece like this, all the drawers go in too far, they're dragging down on the bottom. And so what we wind up doing is adding new bottoms or edges here to the bottom of the drawers so that they'll lift back up. You can see where the groove used to sit there. The wood used to run-- or the nails even scraped through it. So, this will lift it back up to the original height. They actually wear out. Either the wood wears out on the drawers, or the wood wears out in here. And so, what we do is we remove all of the loose items. We take the drawers out, and then we strip it, which gets it down to the bare wood. And after we strip it, we sand it to get it as smooth as we want to. We do the repairs that need to be done. And then, after the repairs are done, we'll continue with the process that we are going to do, like painting a bit of primer and then with the finish color that was selected. Something like this that's already over 100 years old and it ...

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Post Date: March 7, 2012