We rescued, reassembled, and refurbished an antique Russian sideboard. When we got it, it was literally in pieces. The woman we got it from was an interior designer and she had hoped to refurbish the cabinet herself but it turned out to be too big of a project for her.
Once we figured out where all the pieces went, we began the refinishing process. First we stripped off the old paint, then we aged, stained, and glazed the wood. We used a brown water-based glaze to arrive at a finish that we think closely matches the original appearance.
The cabinet is made of pine with one drawer and one shelf. The boards are all hand planed and the top is attached to the base with hand-cut square wood pegs. We replaced the broken drawer pull with an authentic and similar knob. One of the bun feet was missing, so we replaced it with a matching pair.
This cool piece of history now resides in our dining room and is the perfect complement to our other dining room furniture. The black birds are from Pottery Barn.