Antique Furniture Restoration

Antique Furniture

Owning antique furniture is an honor especially if inherited. However, if you are really a lover of antique furniture, various antique shops are just around the corner for you get one for yourself. Like any other furniture, antique furniture sets require various restoration jobs to keep its value, beauty, and of course, to continue giving joy to people who adore classic yet eye-catching furniture sets. If you own one or more antique furniture, you sure look for ways on antique furniture restoration, thus keeping your antique furniture antique.

In restoring your antique furniture, the first thing that you do is thorough cleaning. Just like restoring your other furniture types like leather, wood, metal, and more, cleaning must be done first. Cleaning your antique furniture may require you to have a top quality wood cleaner, soft cloth, a toothbrush, steel wool, and a sharpened dowel if your furniture has carvings.

Antique Furniture Restoration

To start with the restoration, clean your furniture and remove any wax, grime, and dust. The moment you encounter stubborn dirt, you may need to use your steel wool and scratch on the dirt spot lightly. However, for a painted finished furniture, using a steel wool may ruin the look of the furniture and thus, the use of a toothbrush might do the job. Your toothbrush can also be a good tool for use on your antique furniture’s carving and when required, make use of your sharpened dowel. After doing this, you may again enjoy the antique look of your antique furniture.

Other than doing thorough and periodical cleaning to your furniture, doing minor repairs will also help extend the life of your furniture and definitely will help restore the piece’s beauty. Minor repairs may include gluing some broken legs, replacing missing parts like knobs, handles, and casters, repainting faded part, and more. In addition, structural repair might be needed as well in order to restore your antique furniture. This type of restoration job may require the service of a professional woodworker who has complete tools needed for the repair jobs required for the restoration of your antique furniture. If this is what you need, you may bring your furniture to a nearby furniture shop or have the shop’s worker do the home service.

Antique Furniture

Before you take your furniture to a woodworker, you may want to take pictures of the furniture particularly on its labels, marking and carvings so that they can have an idea of the original condition of your furniture. Also, make sure to keep in mind not to alter the original framework of your furniture, to avoid more repair jobs, as it may spoil the original look of your furniture, thus the lesser job made the better.

It is also important to keep in mind that, stripping off your furniture original finish will decrease the piece’s monetary value. However, if you want your furniture to have eye-catching aesthetics, then stripping off can be a good option. However, if you wish to sell or pass the furniture unto your family’s next generation, then leaving the furniture as is will retained its value.

Most of all, avoid using oil-based cleaners as regular oxidation may turn your furniture’s wood into black.