If you’re interested in experimenting with furniture restoration, continue reading to discover a few helpful tips from Gary G Friedman on how to restore old pieces of furniture, without any fuss.
How to restore furniture the easy way:
1. Start off by cleaning your old piece of furniture
While many furniture restorers may automatically reach for a piece of sand paper, your first step should be to thoroughly clean each piece of old furniture which you plan on working on. In order to clean your furniture simply use a sponge which has been lightly wet with water and a vegetable based soap, in order to wipe your furniture clean. Without of course, ruining the texture of your precious piece of furniture.
2. Try using a toothbrush to clean hard to reach spots
If you’re wondering how you can clean tiny nooks and crevices, simply use an old toothbrush, which you no longer use!
3. Carefully use sandpaper to buff out any wood pieces of furniture which you may be working on
Your second step should be to thoroughly clean the piece of furniture which you plan on restoring. As an example, in may cases it’s a wise idea to use a small piece of sandpaper in order to buff out any inconsistency in the surface of a wood piece of furniture.
Just be sure to forgo using an electric hand held sander, which may strip your wood piece of furniture of too much of its surface. Instead opt for a small, piece of sandpaper from your local hardware store.
4. Tighten any loose screws
One way to make sure that an old piece of furniture, functions as if it was brand new is to pull out your trusty tool kit, in order to use your screwdriver to tighten any loose screws which may be present.
5. Make sure to locate and replace any screws with are covered in rust
If a table or chair isn’t level and seems a little wonky, you may want to check each side of your piece of furniture to see whether you can find any rusty nails. If you do find a rusty nail it’s well worth removing it and replacing it with a new nail which is the same size.
6. Use high-quality super glue to fill small cracks
If you’re looking for a simple solution, which will stop small cracks in your furniture from becoming bigger, simply use a durable, high-quality super glue to fill any cracks which you find. Keep in mind, that the sooner you fill any cracks which may exist the less likely the cracks are to impact your piece of furniture.
Just be sure not to purchase the cheapest super glue which you can find as it may not work as well as high-quality super glue!
7. Use paint or varnish to give your furniture a new lease on life
Lastly use a few coats of high-quality paint or varnish in order to repaint your furniture, so that it looks like new again!
Next time you decide to restore an old piece of furniture, simply use the 7 handy tips listed above, in order to get started.