Snag » Reader Submissions All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Before and After: Rena’s Lane Acclaim Dresser Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:18:36 +0000 We get asked lots of questions about refinishing and repairing vintage furniture, but we rarely get to see the fruits of our advice. A few weeks ago Snag reader Rena contacted us through the comments section of a before and after post on Kroehler Avant chairs, curious about how to refinish her Lane Acclaim dresser. Having been down that road a few times, we were able to give her some pointers.¬†Fortunately for us, she shared her results.

Before - whole piece

Rena’s dresser wasn’t a total train wreck; the drawer fronts were in fairly good shape. But the top had several issues, including spots worn completely bare, widespread scratches and a large water ring.

Before-ring is on upper left was 3D and nasty

Rather than refinish the entire piece, we suggested she focus on the top and sides, using gel stain and polyurethane to match the original look. The results? Judge for yourself:

after - smooth!


AfterGreat work, Rena! If you’d like to see the advice we gave, check out the thread with our conversation¬†here. We hope to do a post dedicated to Lane Acclaim in the future, but those directions should get you through in the meantime. Have you completed a great project you’d like to share? Send us pics at We love to hear from our readers!


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How to Open a Skyway Suitcase: Video Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:26:58 +0000 Welcome back everyone! We’re back from our little summer vacation and ready to update you on all of our finds and projects. During our two week absence we had our one year anniversary of the blog. With over 800 readers, we really feel like we have a little community and so enjoy all of your comments and feedback.

One of our posts, Skyway Suitcase Cracked, has been a hotbed for comments, questioning just how the lock mechanism opens. Since creating this post I gave away my suitcase and therefore didn’t have a way to accurately describe how it opened. Enter Winnie, a Snag reader who graciously recorded how the suitcase opens and even included pictures of the outside and inside of her cute little case.

Suitcase OutsideSuitcase InsideThis would have been so helpful for me. Maybe I did have the right combination and the lock really wasn’t broken. I’m trying not to think about that. Hopefully this helps out several of you who are running in to the same problem. Thank you so much Winnie!

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