Restoration of furniture requires commitment and resolve to any work that is needed to get an old piece of furniture as close as possible to its former glory… Restoring a furniture is much more than just giving new life to the furniture, it’s also making the product functional and of use again. Picking a piece of scrap and giving it a second life can be satisfying, rewarding as well as save you and even earn you a lot of money if you sell the refurbished pieces.
#1. Consider the time and money a piece will command before investing in it
Furniture restorations, though challenging and rewarding can also be expensive and time consuming. Remember to ponder upon the money and time you will need to invest on the piece before you decide to buy them. Sometimes even a tiny piece can command many sacrificed weekends and money while a huge piece might just need some minor fixes here and there.
#2. Clean and carefully Inspect before you begin:
Furniture restoration can be full of surprises. A tiny piece of unceremonious looking scrap can turn out to be a priceless antique. Some pieces might even delight you with how little work it required to shine like new. It is imperative, therefore, to thoroughly inspect each piece and giving them a nice scrub before launching the sandpaper on them. Be sure to first give it a good cleaning. Sometimes all a piece of furniture requires is a good scrub to remove the layers of years of dirt and grime over it to get back to its old self. After cleaning, inspect the piece well for any labels and marks indicating its origin. Feel around for dull interior corner, check for inconsistent width between the threads by partially unscrewing a screw, remove a drawer, if any, to check for dovetail joints, all of which can mean that the furniture is really old and can fetch you a lot of money. Changing anything about the piece then can lessen its value and even render the piece useless. Carefully document all the evidence found by clicking pictures and consult an expert.
#3. Keep your tools and a guide handy
If furniture restoration is a new venture for you, keeping a manual handy with you is a good idea for all the questions and emergencies that will come along the way. You will also require a range of tools for this trade. Invest in some sandpapers and different kinds of grits ranging from coarse, medium to finest ones. Also get yourself some putty knives of both the plastic and metal variety and gather some 0000-steel wool and a liquid stripping gel. Do not forget to arm your toolbox with some Philips head, some flathead screwdrivers, a small hammer and a rubber mallet Some more essential tools that should be in your toolbox are,
- Wood putty
- Wood glue
- Measuring tape
- Plastic gloves
- Oil soap
- 2-3-inch angled paint brush
#4. Ensure safety
Ensuring your own safety by keeping yourself safe from any stray splinter or harsh fumes must always be a priority. Make it a point to always wear long sleeved clothing that will protect your ski from the harmful chemicals present in the varnish and wood strippers. Never forget to shield your eyes with glasses and masks. Ensure that your workplace is well ventilated to seep the strong vapors away from you.
Now that we have armed you with all the information you need to venture into this new world of furniture restoration, start restoring your furniture into new ones.