If I’d known this was going to be a styleNorth post I would have taken better “before” pics. Honestly, the table was a mess before I took it to Emanuel Calleja at Old Fashioned Restoration (3068 Dundas St. West, 416-767-6989). It’s a long and not very interesting story as to how I came to be the guardian of this particular demilune, suffice it to say that I felt responsible for the state it wound up in and wanted to do right by the piece before I returned it to its owner.
The white marks, above left, are mostly heat damage with some additional water damage; the finish had dulled with age and neglect. I’m not experienced enough to tackle a project like this: Emanuel says he lightly sanded the finish then used Methyl alcohol to chase away the white marks. He topped it off with several coats of French polish and Voila!, the table is gleaming again, better than new.
Emanuel charges around $250 to do a job like this so if you’ve got a good piece that needs some TLC, I highly recommend this refinishing genius, he truly is Toronto’s Wood Whisperer.