From Faded to Fantastic – Furniture Restoration DIY March 16, 2016 – Posted in: Design – Tags: DIY, furniture, restoration
It is always there, that one item in your living room or dining room that really needs your attention. Standing out like a sore thumb (and then mostly only to you), it is that one piece in your collection that really needs your time.
While restoring an older piece of furniture is similar to “upgrading” a mass-produced piece of furniture, many owners are understandably more hesitant to restore the older and often more valuable pieces in their collection.
With good research (we all love Google), sound practices and patience, anyone can keep their contemporary furniture, antique furniture, collectibles in pristine order. For fine art or antiques, please contact us to liaise with an experienced restorer to retain the value of your item.
Not quite sure where to start? We are here to help! There is a wide range of contemporary furniture, antique furniture, fine art and collectibles in our store to inspire or compliment your first task.
Know your material
Before the enthusiastic beginner gets to an advanced stage such as sanding and varnishing/re-teaking, or even more challenging – re-upholstering, some basic research needs to be done to understand the materials you are working with.
A piece of wood gives the best example – mass-produced and other modern wood furniture is a completely different from the conditions of the wood in a piece of furniture that has been around for several decades. Softer grains and less-corrosive varnishes will sealants are the order of the day. With a modern or mass-produced item, stripping the wood would not also we necessary any you can get away with a simple paint overcoat.
Something often overlooked is the nails of the unit. No one leaks a creaky piece of furniture or a drooping cupboard door. Replacing the nails and to the very opposite mechanical function of hammering them in to begin with – take your time to remove any old or loose nails to avoid damaging the wood.
When a nail is loose in the wood (this is when the wood around the nail pulls away and the nail does not fit snugly in the wood. Most broken chairs or creaky furniture can easily be fixed by gently removing the old nail and hammering in a slightly bigger one thereafter. Given the durability of wood the new nails will be sure to support the furniture well.
For loose upholstery that is will or will start fraying soon, a nail or staple is an effective quick-term solution to patch up the existing cover without.
For the more novice restorer, re-upholstering and re-stuffing would follow a wood and nail restoration. It is easy to be misled in your fabric requirements for your first few attempts as you will always need more than you expect.
Aim for at least half more than what is need to cover the piece so that you can tighten and work of the corners of your stitching and nailing and trip off the opposing ends.
Browse our collection of contemporary furniture or antique furniture for inspiration on your first project or as an addition to an existing room. We carry a wide range of furniture that exhibits masterful craftsmanship and beautiful materials.