Reparing scratches on 50's blonde mahogany
I recently bought a dresser and vanity from an antique store made by Landstrom furniture. I have heard that Landstrom was a company founded by Danish immigrants that produced furniture of quality on par with Widdicomb. It is from the 50's and has a MCM/Hollywood Regency vibe with gorgeous, heavy oversized nickel and brass chinoiserie pulls and it is blonde mahogany. The vanity has a gorgeous bow in the front. Generally it is in better than average shape for furniture of this age, but there are some light scratches on the tops and some small scuffs and dents on the legs.
I am not really sure if I want to keep the blonde color. It is attractive but not sure if it really fits my decor scheme. I have seen pictures of the exact furniture in a dark brown finish on 1st dibs going for in excess of $5,000. I have considered having it sprayed high gloss white or refinishing it in a darker brown color.
Before I do that, I want to see how it would look if I restore the existing finish. Can anyone help me? I applied some denatured alcohol and the finish got soft and tacky, so I think it may be shellac, but I've also heard that some kinds of lacquer will do this as well.
Should I try this Restor A Finish stuff? If so, what color to use? Obviously, they don't make a blonde color.
Here are some full shots and some close ups of some of the damage: