Many people have some old piece of furniture they don’t want to throw away because it has a sentimental value or just because they think it could be used in some other way. If that piece of furniture has been in your family for years, restoring it means that you can preserve some special moments and memories within your family and you will be able to use it for years to come. Furniture restoration is all about getting the item as close to the original condition as possible. It will be usable again and even increase its value if you want to sell it.
If your furniture has been stuck in a basement or a garage for years, you might as well put in some effort and find a way to restore it yourself. You know what they say: “One person’s trash is a crafty person’s treasure.” Let’s get crafty then!
There are a few things you should consider before you start the restoration of your furniture.
Safety comes first
You have to make sure that you are safe while doing the restoration. The last thing you want is to get injured; take measures so that something like that doesn’t happen. It would be wise to protect your skin and eyes by wearing long-sleeved clothing and gloves as well as safety glasses because you might get in touch with some harmful chemicals. Depending on which chemicals you’re handling, you can also use a mask to keep strong vapors out of the picture.
Clean the item before you start
If your furniture has been out of use for many years, give it a thorough cleaning. There probably is a layer of dust and grime on the surface. All you need is a sponge, some oiled-based soap and warm water. A good cleaning can do miracles and maybe it’s all that an old piece of furniture needs to look new again.
Now, all you have to do is to let your imagination and creativity do their best!
Here are some ideas on how to restore your old furniture and breathe a new life into a forgotten item. You can use all these tips on any type of furniture, indoor or outdoor, but you will have to make some small adjustments depending on the material your furniture is made of.
Fix the broken parts
If you have a broken piece of furniture, you can try to repair it yourself. But if it’s something you can’t do on your own, ask for professional help. You can also remodel it according to your needs or improve it by adding more hardware parts. By filling the cracks and scratches with wood putty or similar product in matching color, the surface becomes smooth and ready for the next step. Some people decide to leave scratches and dents on the surface because they want to add some antique touch to their favorite piece. The choice is yours!
Change the color of your piece
If you have some old table or a bookshelf, you can improve the look of it by simply changing the color. As stated before, make sure that the surface you’re working on is clean. The next step is to sand the entire piece. It will remove any stains or paint spots on the surface and it will give you a nice gripping base for painting the piece. If you’re not pleased with the result (there are still some glossy parts on the surface), you can use a prime that will provide a good adhesion surface for the paint and cover the glossy parts. Now we can start with the fun part now! A nice pop of color can change a lot, so be brave while choosing it. The last step of your makeover is to apply the finish and that’s why experts call this “refinishing”. You can choose between matte, satin, semi-gloss or hi-gloss finish. With this last step your work is done!
Change the style of your furniture
Sometimes, a simple change can make the furniture looks as good as new. Aside from changing the color of it (hardware), you can also add one small detail that will change your perception. Choose a different fabric to cover seats or cushions if you’re restoring a sofa or an armchair. You can play with so many patterns and textures, the options are limitless. If you want to refresh your dresser, add some new knobs or repaint the front of drawers. You’ll see how amazing the change can be, and you didn’t even think it’s possible.
To ensure that your furniture lasts longer, Eastern Suburb antique restoration experts recommend a few things to protect it. Avoid placing the item near heating objects because this will affect adhesive materials and dry out wood hardware. Don’t put your furniture on a direct sunlight, the color of fabric and hardware can fade away. Protect your furniture if you’re using products that can leave stains. But if something still happens to it, you can always restore it again!