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17 May 2017

Ideas on how to revive your old furniture

by Tristine Brown - 4 Comments
Ideas on how to revive your old furniture

Furniture reviving is becoming somewhat of a lost art. Having the skills to bring back a piece of antique furniture to life takes a lot of skill, patience, and time. This process involves making the furniture usable again, and adding some value. Here are a few tips on how to revive your old furniture.

1. Ensure that you dedicate enough time to the project

Always remember that even small side projects can turn into time-consuming chores, depending on your reviving skills and the number of free hours that you have dedicated to the job. Without any doubt, all complex tasks will require more hours to complete. So, you need to ensure that you commit enough time to such projects in order to complete the work.

2. Have a budget

After determining that the project is worth some money, ensure that you calculate the amount of money that you will invest in that project. Truly, you may like the challenge of restoring furniture; however, if the piece is not valuable, there is no need to invest your money there. Only invest in the project that is valuable to you, and you can repair cheaply.

3. Know how you want the revived piece to look like

Do some thorough examination so that you get an idea about the color of the true grain. Take a peek at areas that are worn. They will give you some ideas about what the finished item will look like.

4. Consider your safety


restoring furniture, you should always think about your safety. You’ll be using different tools and machines during the restoration process, so make sure you work safely.

5. Clean the furniture before starting

Before you whip out your paintbrush and sandpaper, make sure that the furniture is thoroughly cleaned. Make sure that you remove the grime and dirt. That way, the furniture can reveal an excellent finish underneath.

6. Repair

The next thing is to replace or repair all broken parts. You might consider hiring the services of an expert in case of complex repairs, such as leg replacements and repairs, or just anything that relates to the structural integrity of the furniture.

7. Paint or refinish

Refinishing the furniture simply means taking off its old finish and making a new one. This work is physically demanding. So, you should be prepared to use elbow grease for this cumbersome and messy work.

Tristine Brown

Tristine Brown

Tristine Brown joins Jaribo as our newest contributing editor. She has an academic background in Fine Arts, but don't let fool you – she has a real passion for motors and all things tech. Tristine is based in Chicago with her dog Jasper.

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  1. Shirley Avery says:

    My dad is a great woodworker. He does it because it makes him happy.

  2. Vera Munoz says:

    Restoring old furniture can get expensive if you can’t do it yourself.

  3. Jessie Ramos says:

    Restored pieces that are masterfully done can be sold pretty high. So sometimes its worth the investment to have a piece restored. Of course, the usual reason you would restore furniture is for sentimental reasons.

  4. Ava says:

    For somebody as sentimental as me, I like restoring items of furniture in our home. It can get expensive, for real. But it’s worth it.

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