I am so sorry I haven’t posted anything significant lately, Mel’s sister is visiting and we have been spending time with family.
Anyways, I started to restore the “Holy Grail” rattan set we acquired recently. It has really nice bones but needed a lot of cosmetic help to bring it back to life. As you can see from the picture above, with a lot of elbow grease and a lot of time you can bring these great pieces back to life. I have never restored bamboo furniture before so this is all new to me. I knew it needed to be sanded to get rid of the years of grime build up and old finish. I would have tried to strip these pieces but with all the crevices it would be a nightmare to get all the stripper off. Instead I have spent two full days sanding, oiling and applying polyurethane to it. I think it really glows now. Here are some pictures of it before and after.
I hope to have the other 4 pieces done soon and then I have to drop off the cushions to be recovered to my favorite upholstery shop. I am thoroughly pleased the way this restoration is playing out.