Sometimes, there comes a time in your life when you decide to spend a lazy Sunday strolling through secondhand and antique furniture shops. Usually, it’s just an excuse to get out of the house for an afternoon. Except this time you’ve spotted a piece of wooden furniture that you’re determined to take home and refurbish.
All is good and well until you have no idea what to do with an old piece of furniture that needs a revamp in order to match your interior decorating. We’ve decided to give you some handy advice to get you set in the right direction of furniture refurbishing!
Tips and Tricks
Do You Have Time?
Any kind of refurbishing project takes time, especially if it involves dusty antiques. Are you prepared to spend all hours of your weekend doing this?
Is It Worth It?
Furniture refurbishment is an exciting challenge. However, does the cost of fixing the furniture exceed the price you paid for it? Do the maths before the buying.
How, What, Where
If you have no idea where to go for tools or what kind of tools are used for whatever, there are numerous reading materials available online or at your local bookstore.
Think First, Revamp Later
Whatever project you take on involving chemicals or sanding machinery, you need to wear protective gear. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, closed shoes, and safety goggles are a good start. After all, you don’t want to inhale paint fumes or get dust in your eyes.
Clean Before The Gleam
Any old piece of furniture is bound to have years of dirt buildup. It’s best to give the furniture a good wipe down with a damp cloth. For furniture that has intricate detailing, an old soft toothbrush will do the trick.
If you’re recreating the look of your piece of furniture, it’s ideal to sand it down to get a completely smooth surface to repaint, varnish, or even decoupage. Ultimately, you want a perfect and professional-looking final product.
Now go for it!