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How You Should Restore Antique Furniture

An antique piece of furniture is a lot more than just another addition to a room. Most of them have stories behind them and are treasured possessions. But, like every other piece of furniture, there comes a time when they need to be restored. Here’s how you should handle the process.

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To refinish an antique piece, you first need to wash it with soap and water to remove the dirt and grime. You can remove the white rings with petroleum jelly or special products. To remove paint splatters, use a delicate scraper and two pieces or masking tape.

In case you discover missing veneer, fill the damaged area with epoxy. Smooth the putty with your fingers and then add wood grain marks with a razor blade. Then sand the epoxy and stain it to match the color and pattern of the wood.

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If your antique furniture lost its beautiful color, you can restore it with gel stain. Just work it into the surface and them wipe off the excess. You can also renew the luster on your furniture with wipe-on finish.{found on familyhandyman}.

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The whole restoration process shouldn’t take more than an hour. Here’s a great before and after example. First, the deep scratches were filled with a blend-fil pencil. Then, the finish was restored and the water spots disappeared as well. The Restor-A-Finish also helps minimize scratches. The sideboard now has a uniform finish and definitely looks rejuvenated. The new hardware looks great as well.{found on centsationalgirl}.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on September 5, 2011

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