There is something to be said about restoring old furniture and creating something new and beautiful from something that has seen a lifetime of history. Not only can it be a fun project for you and your family, but it’s often cost effective to restore a piece of furniture you got at an affordable price from an antique mall or yard sale. If you want more of a unique look for your home without the work of restoring something old, you can always purchase handmade artwork. Spanaway WA has great opportunities for purchasing such pieces.
If you want to get started restoring your own antique furniture or found furniture, the first step is always safety. Invest in safety gloves, eyewear, aprons, and make sure you wear long sleeves and closed-toes shoes. Always use the right tools-don’t jerry rig a sander because you don’t want to make another trip to Lowe’s. Also be aware that a lot of old paint and finishes may have lead in them.
Before you get to work restoring, make sure you know what old finish you are working with. You may be able to identify it by just looking at it, but you may also need to experiment with it just to be sure. Different finishes come off in different ways. Your old furniture will also need to be thoroughly cleaned but must be done in a way that preserves the integrity of the piece. Make sure you do your research before taking a harsh solvent to your project. You may also need to fill in cracks in the old finish, or strip the old finish entirely. Overall, the more research and inspection you do before getting into restoring your piece, the more prepared you’ll be for any potential problems and the faster your project will go.
By the time you’ve restored your chosen piece to the glory of its youth, you’ll be able to look over your hard work with pride and add it to your collection.