The the final touch is the tung oil. We got a low gloss tung oil to help preserve the wood. It really is rich looking now. The strap had to be replaced and a hinge had to be replaced, but it is looking so much better.
This is what the tung oil is doing for the wood. It was old and dried out. It will lighten some when dry, but oh my what a difference
Here is the tray my husband made to put in the inside. The original was missing. He stained it and varnished it so it could be used.
It has been a challenge for him. He has Parkinson's disease and the fine trim painting was getting to him.
He is tickled that my friend is overjoyed with it. She just loves it.
This is the sky this afternoon. The wispy clouds are like cotton balls drifting in the air.