The interior of your home is not only limited to color of walls and types of curtains. Furniture is also one of the major parts of your home's interior. They can make your home look beautiful and also adds value. However, the furniture tends to get old and weary due to over use. As a result, restoration of furniture becomes a necessity.
Restoration is not just about a facelift but also about making your old furniture reusable again. It also absolutely requires many aspects of work to bring your furniture to its original form. But, remember, restoration also depends on your budget as how much you want your cash to sink in. As furniture plays a very important role in your home's interior, here are some tips for making your old furniture look new again.
Research & Inspect
Before you start the restoration process, do a little research to determine your furniture's value. You can also inspect for marks or labels for determining the origin of the furniture. After doing so, if you suspect it's worth some money, consult a professional. You should be careful enough not to remove a collectible antique's finish as it could less its value.
Your safety is very important when restoring your old furniture. Always wear long-sleeves, safety glasses, and mask to protect yourself from harmful chemicals during the restoration process.
Clean before you start
It is important to clean your furniture properly using a sponge with some vegetable-based oil soap and warm water. For limited furniture items, you can use a soft toothbrush or slender wooden dowel to get into the corners for removing dirt. Since old furniture accumulates tons of dirt and grime after years of use, removing dirt can reveal a nice finish underneath. So, cleaning is a must.
Repairing or replacing any broken parts of your furniture can make it reusable again. In some cases, when the furniture is rusted out, you can carefully remove and replace them. However, in some other cases like leg replacements or replacement relating to the furniture's structure, you may need to consult a professional.
Refinish or paint
For refinishing, you can use a combination of chemical strippers and sanding to get the best effect. However, before you refinish, research the type of stain for your furniture. If it's not worth it, paint the surface instead. It is best to sand the finish to smooth out any bumps before you start painting. After you are done with refinishing or painting, give your piece another good cleaning to ensure a professional-looking finish.