Furniture can be a very big investment when buying a home. What furniture do you really need to live comfortably in your new home? Are there some things that you can live without for a while until you are settled in and get what you really need? Working as a real estate agent for the past twenty years, I have helped a lot of families get settled into their new places. This blog will show you what you probably want to have when you first move into a house and what you can live without for a few months as you get settled in.
Shopping in thrift stores and frequenting flea markets can provide you with access to some affordable furniture items. Many of these furnishings just need a bit of TLC in order to restore them to their original condition. If you are willing to engage in the furniture restoration process, you can furnish your home for a fraction of the cost.
Here are three tips that you can use to help ensure the success of your restoration projects in the future.
1. Don't be afraid to use unexpected cleaning agents.
Getting old furniture clean is the first step in the restoration process. Many novice restorers assume that they can only use wood cleaner to eliminate signs of wear from their newly-purchased items, but there are some unconventional products that could make cleaning a lot easier.
If you discover that there are water rings on a piece of wood furniture, try using mayonnaise to get rid of the marks. The oils in the mayonnaise can help lift the water from the wood's surface. You can also try using lemon oil to eliminate water stains.
2. Veneer can be a valuable tool.
Having some spare pieces of veneer available throughout the restoration process can be beneficial. You can use this extra veneer to replace any sections where the veneer is missing.
You can also repair any deep gouges in the surface of your furniture items by splicing the veneer into the gouge, securing it with wood glue, and then sanding and staining the surface to blend the repaired area.
3. Pay close attention to the condition of the hardware.
Many furniture pieces come with knobs, pulls, or hinges that will need to be cleaned and repaired before the item can be functional once again. Paying close attention to the condition of the hardware on your furniture pieces will allow you to give them the attention they need to be restored to a like-new condition.
If the hardware appears to be tarnished or dirty, use steel wool to gently scrub the surface clean. This will give old hardware fresh luster and shine.
When you are armed with a few simple tips and tricks, you can easily transform old and tattered furniture pieces into items that you would be proud to display in your home. Use unexpected cleaning agents, keep veneer on-hand, and use steel wool to clean hardware the next time you restore a piece of old furniture.Share
4 March 2017