Refurbishing old furniture

Entertainment cardfan212 August 8, 2016 0 0
Refurbishing old furniture is a good way to get unique and high quality furniture at an often modest price. Furniture that are already well refurbished are often relatively high priced and are rarely so better that they satisfy a personal taste. The old furniture itself refurbish a unique personal and modern look can be combined with the quality and history of the old furniture.

Buying an old furniture

Most important for the refurbishment of an old piece of furniture is the starting point, the furniture itself. The supply of old furniture is by using flea markets, thrift shops or internet sites as marketplace, large enough to find a common old furniture as a starting point. Might just go out the interest in furniture of a very old or rare period or style, it is difficult to find a good starting point. For these cases marketplace in some cases offer a solution, but the targeted search through antiquarian herein offers a greater chance of success.

The style of the old furniture

As soon as a piece of furniture has been found suitable, it is important to know what is the target; how the unit must eventually come to look like. Herein are many possibilities; the furniture can be restored to its original state, may opt for a now popular editing with chalk paint, furniture can be delivered in a different color or there may even be selected for a finish with high gloss paint. Another popular finish for the furniture to give an older, rustic feel through flaking paint, abrasions or bare patches of wood. On this final finish after all other finishes require the same preparations.

Preparations for sanding

It is important to recognize that the finish has purchased original furniture. For example, there is a layer of opaque paint on? Is there a stain, varnish or wax / furniture polish on? Whether the furniture is treated with oil? A layer of opaque paint is the easiest to recognize. The structure of the wood is barely visible and the paint is often easy to stabbing with a flat screwdriver or putty knife. Stain on the other hand is in fact transparent, but color-giving, finish. At a finish with stain is the structure of the wood still visible. If use is made of wax, this is quickly seen by scratching with a nail on the furniture. If a glossy film disappears from the furniture and the nail greasy there is furniture polish on. In the varnish can be done the same test; as the glossy layer does not disappear, it is varnished furniture. If the piece of furniture is put in the oil, the structure of the wood further forward than in other finishes; this is because the oil in the timber deep draws.

Remove oil or wax

If the piece of furniture has been treated with oil or wax will this layer must first be removed. When both agents, this can in the same way, even though it was easier to remove. Removing the oil or furniture polish can with wasverwijdereraar, after which the unit must be cleaned again with mineral spirits. Please note the use of thinner, this is a very volatile and toxic means so ensure adequate ventilation and remove the thinner careful of the furniture with water.

Sanding and repairing old furniture

Once a wax or oil layer has been removed can be used the same preparation for all the furniture. That preparation starts by thoroughly sanding the furniture. Sanding may be partly mechanical, but watch out for older furniture with lots of decorations or profile also those edges sanded well. For grinding can begin with a coarser grain. If it is only a superficial layer, it may be enough to not yet sanding, but the wood to make blank with stripper and steel wool. If it is used for the timber must be quickly rinsed with water afterwards so that the stripper will not damage the wood. If sanded finish of the cabinet or is bitten, damage or imperfections can be repaired. Use small dents or holes houtvuller but stab larger holes or damage to repair it with another piece of wood. Saw this piece of wood to size and glue it securely into the hole. When the glue has dried well, the smaller cracks along with houtvuller repair can be repaired and the whole can be sanded. The piece of wood should therefore initially quite some extend; nevertheless it is then sanded flat with the rest of the furniture.
At this stage it is also important to recognize any woodworm damage and prevent new woodworm. Woodworm is clearly visible in the form of small holes in the wood. For this, pesticides are available, which can, however, be used only to bare wood. If a piece of furniture woodworm damage to show, always opt for such treatment. The clogging of old holes after treatment is a choice; in some cases give such woodworm holes just a little extra cachet to the furniture.

The finish of the furniture

If any damage is repaired, the cabinet can be thoroughly sanded with a fine grain to strip away the last imperfections. If these are all removed can be chosen for the new finish. Should be chosen stain or an opaque coating is wise to always start with a primer. This allows for better adhesion of the finish and ensures that the paint or stain can distribute themselves more evenly across the surface. A stain finish can then be chosen for a varnish layer to remove the stain even further forward. A finish with eg paintwork requires a very slippery surface; after a treatment with a primer layer to the piece of furniture will then also very thoroughly with a fine grit must be sanded. The spray itself is wise to opt for a professional environment, such as a car paint shop. Should this not be an option can be chosen in order to use a compressor with a paint sprayer, or even paint spray cans. The latter option is more difficult and the result is often less.