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making furniture pieces match

Posted By: jlarck <jlarck@aol.com> (cache-dtc-ab01.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 3/9/5 10:58

Several years ago I bought an antique oak buffet from my father-in-law. It is a beautiful piece with lots of carved detail, but had turned nearly black with age. I refinished it (stripped with denatured alcohol, steel wool, and then varnished it) and love the results. Here's the problem: when my father-in-law passed away, we inherited a matching secretary with what appears to be a leather inlay on the drop-front. It too is very dark with what I imagine to be years of accumulated grime. My husband does not want to refinish it due to the inlay and the fact that his dad had kept it with original finish intact. Is there any way to make this piece lighter but still retain original finish? Will mineral spirits remove the old shellac? Thanks for your response.

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