This is one of those designs that is so distinctive and captivating, you’ll never forget it. The instant I saw the small Craigslist thumbnail for this one, I knew I had to have it, even though the table top was in terrible condition, and where one might hope for four chairs, only three were available.
Warning: the following pictures are highly graphic representations of table abuse, and should not be viewed by those with sensitive stomachs.
Oh please, no more photos of this hideous mess! Is there any hope for a table that’s been subjected to such suffering?
Restor-A-Finish to the rescue!
Left side has been restored, right side is awaiting salvation.
The stuff is like magic. It’s like a magic eraser for wood. [Coincidentally, I would recommend not using magic eraser on wood, as it can leave ugly white marks in the finish. Not that I would know this from prior experience or anything.] It’s like those paper towel commercials where one swipe makes the dirty surface look shiny and new again. It’s like a magic trick – now you see the white marks, now you don’t!
Isn’t this set just fabulous?
I love the dove-tail wood inlay detail (to me it looks like the edge of a giant puzzle!) and the contrast of the two woods used – oak and walnut, for those interested. The table contains a serial number on the bottom, 363150, which is its manufacturing date backwards: 5/13/63. So this set just celebrated its 50th birthday this year, and I say it looks fabulous, darling! Also, I can’t get over how perfect the chairs are – don’t they look brand new?
I have high hopes for this set as the Lane Acclaim series of furniture is very collectable… Fingers crossed that I’m right!