Decoration Give your antique furniture a second life
Sure, when you think of decoration always you think about buying, hardly you think the new use can give the furniture you have at home. Think of that furniture you have to shoot because they can become very modern furniture with some paint. You just need to know the simplest and most basic restoration techniques.
First phase of restoration of furniture
First: Choose furniture that are worn, broken, with bumps or scratches or stains impossible to dispel. In addition, the furniture affected by woodworm is worth. When you have located, you have to think how you can make new furniture depending on the form. For example, if you have an old closet door, you can think of making a hanger for the entrance. Depending on the problem that presents, we have to decide what techniques and materials we will use.
Once decided, we need to remove dirt from the cabinet. The first will remove the varnish, lacquer or paint using a paint remover. It will be applied directly to the wood and after a few minutes, it will be removed with a spatula. After cleaning, we must remove the damage to the furniture. Then we treat the wood if you have any problems as rottenness, through a specialized product against insects. Finally, we must deal with the finish. We can match the tone of wood or darken using walnut stain, a dye extracted from the bark of walnut.
The pickling is one of the most recurrent techniques in furniture restoration. It will give an aspect vintage, shabby chic or rustic for our furniture. Here are the steps to follow: Prepare the cabinet by removing the painted or varnished with manual or electric sander sandpaper. Remove knobs and hardware that make the process difficult. Choose background color to create the pickling effect, usually a dark color or an intense tone for the base is chosen. If the furniture is dark wood, do not need to paint it. Choose main color: above background color, we have to put the main color. Generally, it will be clearer, like a cream color, white, broken white, a gray or the like. Give two hands of paint.
Remove paint: to create this effect we need sanding places where theoretically the cabinet more wear over time. The edges, the corners, the profiles of the legs. You will use a medium grain sandpaper or a spatula. Apply a finish of decorative painting: a layer of wax stained with bitumen or oil of any color you an aged appearance is required. You can apply decorative paint before this layer. Place knobs, handles and hinges: put back everything you took to make the restoration in place. You can buy different knobs and give you a more modern touch.