Good Questions: Refinishing This Antique Vanity?

Good Questions: Refinishing This Antique Vanity?

Aaron Able
Feb 9, 2009

I recently stumbled upon this wonderful old vanity table that has been in my family for three generations. It has been through a lot, and although it still has its original finish, the table definitely needs some work. My question is a bit of a two-parter: a. Any tips on cleaning antique furniture without removing the finish? I would hate to have to refinish the table, but may have to depending on whether or not there is a good deep cleaning method out there. b. Can anyone give me any tips on how to put this table to use besides using it as a vanity table? I was considering a writing desk, but it isn't level so the writing surface would be quite limited. Thanks for any help! -Matt

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We could see this piece used as a console table — anyone else have ideas for Matt?

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