There used to be an antique store in Cloverdale called Gene's Trading Post. The state purchased it to build a much needed safer on ramp to the interstate. They were in the way. The store moved in to Roanoke and we stopped by recently.
I really just need a few paintings or a mirror or something for our staircase to the B&B. They didn't have what I was looking for. But I found this display cabinet. It is not fine furniture. It was made in Indonesia and the inside is poorly made with bits of rough wood. It is cute, however and I like that it still has the tray on top. Sometimes they go missing. It is not an antique.
My friend in California has a nice one, so I have had an eye out for one here. It wasn't great, but it was fairly reasonable, under $150 dollars.
I brought it home and used a bit of Furniture Treatment to clean it up before I moved it to the basement. That is when a lot of the stain started coming off on the rag I was using. I guess they applied a bunch of stain to darken any spots that had lightened over the years and didn't wipe off the excess. You have to wipe it and wait a day and reapply until you get the depth of color you are looking for. They did not. And I don't have any idea who "they" is.
I want to put a finish on it now, to make sure no more stain comes off, like on my walls or carpet or anything I place on it. But I just put the Treatment on and I don't know if it will take a finish.
I waited a few days and grabbed some lacquer spray. I sprayed the bottom of the tray and we will see if it takes. It isn't a place that will be easily seen and I can use some lacquer thinner on it if there is a problem.
Now I wait and see.
If it looks good, I may just put a coat or two all over, inside and out. That is a lot of masking on all the pieces of beveled glass and hardware. And it is very cold outside. In fact I am just waiting for the tray to dry a bit and I will bring it back in the house. And then I have to find a place where the cats can't find it. I wonder where THAT might be.