I have been looking for a China hutch for storing sets of China and I ran across this piece it has a James Town sticker on the back. I have not purchased it yet. As you can see it needs work on the bottom half of the piece. It is reasonably priced at $199 and I am wondering if in your opinion it is a piece that is worth the effort I am going to need to put in to be able to put it in my home. The top drawer is like a secretary desk and the front flips down, so it will not be good for storage, but is unique. The drawers are only 11" in depth front to back, the piece is 81" tall and 46" width. I would hope to just refinish the bottom as the top seems in great shape. If you have advice on this process please give it as well. Thank you in advance for your reply.
Answer Virginia - That cabinet is called a breakfront secretary. It is made of mahogany veneer and has been very badly sun faded from its original color. If you remove a piece of hardware you will see the original color. There is a reason the price is $199 instead of $499.
As a professional I would have difficulty refinishing the bottom to match the top section and I suspect you will too.
My advice is to keep looking. Good luck.
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Thank you for your response. I will proceed with caution ...getting a professional if I proceed at AT&T in this direction.
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