When checking out found objects, like this one, I always peek inside the drawer or doors to look for a maker's mark... And guess what I found? Made by Drexel Heritage, it is from the Declaration line. I found a smaller version on Ebay for around $1000.
For example, California modernists Kip Stewart and Stewart McDougall worked with Drexel Heritage to create Declaration, which was a modern collection made of natural walnut. Immediately hailed as an important contribution to American design, several pieces were selected by the U.S. Government Design Committee for the Brussels World's Fair and an exhibit in Moscow.
My husband, the
banker carpenter of this renovation crew, removed the doors and drawers, cleaned the piece and began by lightly sanding the body. One end had quite a bit of damage to the veneer.
We were instructed, (by our diva daughter) to paint it a neutral linen color, but I couldn't bear to cover up those doors. They were in mint condition and the walnut grain was so lovely. (I'm exercising my finder's privilege.) We chose to leave the interior, the legs and apron natural as well, oiling all of the bare wood.
It will make a fabulous television console and storage piece. I am so proud of the final outcome, I almost want to keep it for myself. Maybe we've found a new side business! Here's the completed project: