July 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm #27319
For anyone curious about what a chest looks like with the leatherette removed, here is an example that will quell your curiosity. It is abominable. DO NOT do this to a chest!
I saw this on Ebay as the perfect example of what not to do to one of these chests. No, Virginia, there is not pristine oak under that leatherette!July 28, 2018 at 2:34 am #34219den052Member
I agree with you Terry, but as you know…..I paint them. Funny, but when I gave a couple of relatives a choice of Gerstner’s…..two of them picked my painted restorations. Either they love “real art,” or they are just not sophisticated enough for the Gerstner game.July 28, 2018 at 9:58 am #34220
Painting it in the manner you do is the only viable option I can see after the foul deed has been done. It is either the scrap pile or us it as the base material for an artistic expression. That makes sense to me. Trying to refinish it to a representation of its former glory does not.July 30, 2018 at 7:47 pm #34223
Well, I know it’s blasphemy, but I removed the leatherette and put on genuine oak veneer. My regret is that, despite having three different paint suppliers try to match the stain color on the drawer fronts (which I simply cleaned and waxed), the color is still a bit off. I’d gladly share photos, if I could figure out how to add photos to this reply. (I have them on an SD card).
Alan GoebesJuly 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm #34224nuhobbyMember
Sometimes a colored wax can do wonders. For high-budget, Briwax. For low-budget, shoe polish 🙂
Send some pictures 🙂
ChrisJuly 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm #34225
Click on Go Advanced, then click on the paper clip icon that shows up. Click on Add Files, then Browse for your photos and click Upload. Make sure you have your cursor at the point where you want them inserted, then click on Insert Inline. There you have it in a nutshell.July 31, 2018 at 9:49 pm #34226
Well, trying to post photos, so I clicked on “Reply to Thread,” then on “Go Advanced.” That got me a reply box with a bunch of formatting icons at the top, and a bunch of emojis at the bottom, but I never found the paper clip…………..
AlanAugust 1, 2018 at 1:27 am #34227August 1, 2018 at 4:20 am #34228
I get as far as selecting the photo and clicking on “Upload”–after a few seconds I get a message from the Gerstner Forum saying that the “Upload failed.” Any ideas what I’m doing wrong…?
IndianapolisAugust 1, 2018 at 9:21 am #34231
Your picture files may be too large. That has been an issue lately, I don’t know what has changed.
If you can’t reduce the size of the photos, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll reduce them and send them back or post them for you.December 17, 2018 at 2:54 am #34460police340Member
Den, do you have pics of one of your painted chests?
Thanks, BillMarch 16, 2019 at 9:28 pm #34563suzyq-d55Member
Hi, Yep, I removed the leatherette. It was too nasty to save. The pictures posted weren’t that bad. I have several antiques from the early 1800’s and they’re not much different.March 25, 2020 at 4:24 am #35018
Why not remove it?? AND just recover it with NEW leatherette?March 25, 2020 at 4:33 am #35019March 28, 2020 at 3:57 am #35031
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