Good Questions Surface Repair For This Bureau? Apartment Therapy

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Good Questions Surface Repair For This Bureau? Apartment Therapy

I recently bought an art deco bureau dresser from a woman here in New York. I don’t know anything about the piece other than she told me it had been appraised for $1000. However, there is quite a bit of damage to the surface of the piece – scratches, nicks, some discoloration in parts, and one of the shell-shaped handles on the drawers is missing.

Does anyone know if a) There’s a way to repair or diminish the surface damage myself?…

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These are some pictures showing a laminate with a similar pattern, and another showing the sort of panel wall I am describing.

Of course, after taking a huge deposit, they are backing out of repainting the laminate. They are attached to it, and they have vague hopes of moving back into the unit someday after their kids are grown. So I don’t think they’ll go through with painting it.

If you have any advice, ideas or suggestions for Lisa, please let her know in the comments…

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I’d also like to know of your experience with the stainless steel contact paper used to cover appliances – what are your thoughts on it?

I am wondering whether there is some temporary way I can cover it. In particular, I already own a few rolls of unpasted wallpaper. Is there an adhesive I could use to hang wallpaper over the laminate that would be strong enough to hold the paper for a year or two, but strippable enough not to leave their laminate damaged after that time?

c) are there any recommendations for furniture repair places in New York that would best handle this type of work for a reasonable price?

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b) How much it might cost to get the piece professionally refinished?

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Are there any good, truly strippable wallpaper pastes out there?

Lisa sent in a good question for the DIY minded in the community. She asks: Is there any type of contact paper out there that I could use to cover my kitchen cabinets (they are flat, nasty almond-color from the 80’s with wood trim at bottom. I’d like to try to match the wood color – or go white – but the surface of typical contact paper would be too obvious – any suggestions?

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Q: I recently signed a lease on an apartment, with the stipulation that the landlords would paint over the very dark laminate that is covering several walls and even the living room ceiling of the unit. The laminate is on the sort of flat, slick panel walls that you see in elevators or offices. It is a dark, cool brown with a swirled brushed-metal pattern and gold flecks. There are can lights in the ceiling panels and hidden cabinetry behind a few of the wall panels:

I can’t tack, staple or hang anything to the laminate, because I would not be able to fix the holes that would cause. Also, I don’t know if the the starched fabric trick would work on such a slick surface, especially in such a humid environment (I am in Singapore).

The inside of the bureau is cedar and in very good shape. I think the color and detailing in the wood is lovely, and I see so much potential! If anyone has any insight into caring for/repairing art deco furniture, it would be greatly appreciated!

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