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Painted French Dressers

Posted By: Malcolm Cromarty <MalcolmCromarty@hotmail.com> (104.205-200-80.adsl.skynet.be)
Date: 6/14/5 11:11

I recently acquired two small French dressers from the 1700s. They are highly decorated with hand-painted flowers. The shape and form of both pieces is very nice, but the finish has deteriorated somewhat. There are chips, cracks, scrapes etc., and the flowers are fading in some places. I believe they are made of pine--in any case a soft wood. There is also a small amount of woodworm damage. The tops are both a faux marbre. I think I am capable of restoring the physical damage, but don't want to lose the decorative features. How do I go about this? I have heard of decals being made from photographs. Is this a solution or in the final result is it obvious that a decal was applied to the furniture. I have several digital photographs which I can email to you. Thanks for your help.

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