Insurance Work -- Bureau Repair
Sometimes you have to fight your instincts and just do what is required. This bureau is an example of that. During a move, the piece was damaged by impacts to one of the drawers and by duct tape being applied to the finish on top. The duct tape neatly removed a 2" by 6 inch swath of finish, exposing the base stain below. Unfortunately, I can't find the before picture showing the damage. More interesting was the type of finish that was removed. Again, I'm dealing with Minwax Colored Polyurethane, grrrrrr. In this case, someone did a quick brush-up, with little or no surface prep and only one side was actually finished. The picture below illustrates the quality of the finish I was trying to match and the unfinished side. NO, I am not responsible for the over-brush and drip on the side of the top.
The other side wasn't a heck of a lot better, but here's the rub, the contract didn't call for repairing anything but the tape damage to the top surface and one drawer that was more chipped than the others.
Here's the refinished drawer next to one of the untouched ones.
I think the top turned out pretty nice. The wood was in rough shape under the finish and it was contaminated with oil or something, but several coats of minwax and a LOT of buffing got it to this point.