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11 September 2015

Restoring old furniture

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by Gaby Smith - 3 Comments
Restoring old furniture

There are several pieces of furniture advice that you can use when you are wanting to restore old furniture. The first one is to make sure that you know exactly what you want your furniture to look like when you are done with it. At one time, every person has gotten a piece of furniture that they think is going to match the decor of their home, but it is a different story when they get home. Most of the time, they are going to find that the furniture is actually a lighter color or a totally different color that they need.

The second one of the furniture advice is to make sure that you keep yourself as safe as possible. This means that you are going to need to wear all of the proper safety equipment when you are restoring any of your furniture. You should always wear long sleeves when you are going to be working with wood strippers and varnish. This is because of the harmful chemicals inside of these items that could burn your skin. You should also wear safety glasses to help protect your eyes. It might also be a good idea to wear a mask.

The third one of the furniture advice is to make sure that you clean your furniture very well before you sand or paint it. This is because the older the piece of furniture is, the more dirt and grime that you are going to find on the furniture. This might the only thing that you have to do to the furniture to make it look new again. The best thing that you can use to clean your furniture is a sponge brush and some soap that is vegetable oil based with warm water. A toothbrush works great for the nooks and crannies.

The fourth one of the furniture advice is to refinish your piece of furniture. Basically, this is just going to be taking off the old finish that was on the furniture and creating a brand new finish. This is a going to be a very demanding job so you are going to need to be prepared to get messy. This is because you are going to be using a combination of chemical strippers and sanding. You are going to need to be very patient because sometimes the finishes can be hard to get off of the furniture.

Gaby Smith

Gaby Smith

Gaby, a practicing nomad, has been an entertainment buff for decades. She has published articles in US Weekly and is a member of several of lifestyle blogs including Jaribo. She currently lives in Rumford, Maine, with her husband, three kids and two dogs.

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3 Comments

  1. Tom Barnet says:

    Just want to add my own advice when it comes to restoring old furniture. 1. Take your time. Do it carefully and do it right. 2. Be aware of your skills. If your not sure how to do it then ask a friend or someone who knows and watch them and learn. 3. Enjoy the whole process and you’ll enjoy your furniture when you have successfully restored it. Just my 3 cents.

  2. David Karl says:

    I am hoping to hone my carpentry skills and restoration skills. I like working with wood and its also good business if you have the skills.

  3. Emily Brown says:

    I’m one of the few girls I know that enjoy working with furniture and wood. I love seeing the end product after I’ve spent time making something with my own hands.

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