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Advice for the DIYer
Somerset Choice Station is a remodeled 1950's Texaco station located in the heart of historic downtown Princess Anne, Maryland.
Staffed by volunteers, we support the Somerset County Historical Society which maintains Teackle Mansion (the 200 year old former residence of Littleton Dennis Teackle and Elizabeth Upshur Teackle) through the sales of antiques, collectibles, vintage and re-purposed items.
1. Confirm that you are not removing the patina from an expensive antique. What you don’t want is to take a $1,000 table and refinish into a $100 table. Yikes!
2. Decide whether the old finish should come off or if a thorough cleaning will do. Perhaps a rejuvenating coat of varnish will bring it back to its original luster. If cleaning an unpainted piece, hand cleaner containing pumice used with a toothbrush to get into crevices works well. After cleaning you will know better what you are working with. In many instances you can save a lot of time and effort by just refinishing parts of the piece i.e. the drawer front and top of a table or bureau or maybe just the arms and seat of a chair and then rejuvenating the rest of the piece.
11731 Somerset Ave Princess Anne, Maryland 21853 410.651.2238
We are open Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. , and by special appointment.
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