Easy Tips For Restoring Furniture

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Restoring furniture can be a relaxing and therapeutic process. It is also a fantastic way to revitalize family heirlooms and bargain buys that may have seen better days, but you will want to make sure you follow the correct steps in order to have a finished result worthy of display.

The first step is knowing your product. Find out what the material is and research how best to work with it, from stripping paint or varnish, sanding options all the way through to the repainting process. It is important to also know what may be likely to harm your furniture. To do this, you can speak to a qualified professional in restoration, have a chat with your local hardware store or research online. If you choose online, be sure to access as many articles as you can to be sure that the information matches up – this is so you do not end up with the wrong details because of an uneducated writer.

If you have some specific areas that need replacement for example, fabrics, tiles or glass you can look into salvage yards, second hand and antique stores or even online auction sites to find the matching piece. If you have time, look around at yard sales and other private sale options, as you never know where you may find a matching or complimentary piece.

There are also a lot of reproduction companies and their products range from ready made era-based designs to custom making services so that you can match exactly if you wish. When age is important but perhaps you cannot find a direct match look at complimentary style available now as an alternative. If dated properly they may be accurate replacements for the original features.

When you only have minor details to repair, it may be cost effective to take it to a professional restorer. They will be able to provide the knowledge and equipment to best restore your piece of furniture to its former glory. Make sure you can see samples of their work or view genuine testimonials so that you feel assured your piece is safe, particularly if you’re dealing with a family item with significant sentimental or dollar value.

Restoring furniture can save a lot of money but it can also be a challenging and tedious process, so make sure it is something you are interested in doing and want to tackle yourself. The first pieces you restore will be more costly as you’ll have to purchase equipment that can be reused later on other items, so keep these things in mind when comparing do it yourself options vs. hiring a professional restorer.

By refusing to purchase brand new furniture, and instead look into restoring your furniture, you’ll be saving money long term and giving a new lease of life to a piece that may be otherwise perfectly functional. It will help the environment and it will give you a sense of accomplishment even if you have it done professionally – you may have just saved the most important piece of furniture you have.

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