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peaper

08:23PM | 10/10/01
Member Since: 10/10/01
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My husband and I recently got married and purchased our first home. My mother passed down a cabinet from her youth she calls a "wardrobe" which she claims is made of cedar.It has been stored in a damp basement for the past 30 years. The exterior is grimy but otherwise in good condition. The inside of the drawers and cabinets and the back covering have black stains on them (mold, mildew, water damage maybe?) It seems like the pieces that stained were inferior wood which was used in the construction of the cabinet for the places that didn't show. (I'm assuming to save money.)Is there any way we can restore this cabinet for use in our new home? Specifically how to clean and refurbish cedar? Any assistace would be appreciated. Much thanks for your help!!!


DH

05:07PM | 10/11/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
First get the piece someplace dry (not Garage) and leave it for 3-4weeks to dry out, this way you can find out if it has gotten wet. Eastern Red Cedar will turn black with age and moisture. Try a product such as Formby's restorer on the outside of the cabinet (NOT inside), If it is Eastern Red Cedar the inside should Not have any finish on it. Just use a cabinet scraper and sand paper to restore the inside, and the aroma.

peaper

10:54PM | 10/17/01
Member Since: 10/10/01
2 lifetime posts
Thanks! Well, for sure it had gotten wet, it was black in certain spots and had rotted through in some places. (none visible from the exterior, and mostly on the "cheaper" interior wood) We just replaced the rotted wood. You were right, the inside was not finished. My husband first cleaned the wardrobe with a mixture of bleach and water and then sanded it like you said! It sure did release it's cedar fragrance, even after 30 years!! It's coming along remarkably well! Thanks! Do we seal it with any type of product after the sanding???

DH

03:01PM | 10/18/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Don't seal the interior of the cabinet. The cedar aroma will keep moths away...when it stops being fragrant just sand it a lttle. Go ahead and finish the exterior.
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