Mel and I saw this on Craigslist a few weeks back and fell in love with the lighted feature. It appeared to be in good shape so we headed out to the bay to see what condition it was in. When we got there we began to talk with the seller and she advised us that it was her dads and he had passed away and she brought it down from his house in Alaska. She said she just wanted it to go to a good home. We advised her that we were not selling it and that it was being added to our collection and that seemed to put her at ease.
The cabinet was in overall great shape but the finish was yellowing and flaking off. I knew it would just need a quick refinish. These great Art Deco cabinets used some of the best looking veneer ever produced, this bar was no exception.
The restoring process goes as follows. The first thing you would is to strip off all the old finish. The next process is to light sand the whole piece. Then get a microfiber cloth and wipe down the whole piece. I took a chance on a new stain that I have never used before….
After the stain dried I then sprayed the whole piece down with a semi-gloss polyurethane to seal and protect the finish of the piece. Here it is all finished. The next step is to find really cool barware to stock it with.