If you are looking for a project or a hobby to spend your free time, then restoring furniture could be a very rewarding and profitable hobby, especially after the recent financial crisis more and more people have adopted a different approach when decorating their houses, plus vintage furniture is now in fashion so you shouldn’t look any further and start learning the techniques you need to restore your wood furniture – scratches, blemishes, removing stains from wood and repairing the damages accumulated by daily use is not as difficult as it sounds and will extend the life of your furniture.
Your new hobby could also become a treasury hunter, over time we have bought many pieces of furniture that look nice and go with our decoration; however, some of them could be potential gems and once restored they could be easily be sold for a reasonable price; also, once you learn how to identify an antique from an old and used piece of furniture you might be able to make money by combining these two handy skills. It sounds great but it is not as easy as it sounds, there are many techniques to learn: disinfection and decontamination of termites, woodworm, mites, and other insects
How to Treat Wood
Wood is one of the strongest materials used to build furniture; however, over the time and due to daily use and abuse, the wood becomes more fragile – if you want to recover the beauty of your old furniture or want to restore an antique then you must be careful as you are trying to restore it without causing major damages to the internal makeup of the wood. It is not enough to clean and wax your wood furniture; here are some useful tips to treat those old wooden furniture and make them look like new.
1. Nicotine and cigarette stains:
You should remove the cigarette stain with ethanol and then dry it carefully; if the stain persists, it is recommended to sand it in order to restore the damaged area – once done you can use varnish to restore the original color.
2. Ink stains:
If the mark is recent you must use a piece of cloth to absorb the ink as much as possible and then rub half of a lemon on the affected area. If this doesn’t work you must sand, clean and varnish it.
3. Scratches on your furniture:
If the scratch is superficial you might get away with passing a piece of sandpaper with linseed oil; if the scratch is too deep you will have to fill it with wood pulp to match the surface – a coat of vanish is needed after this.
4. Superficial stains:
In the case of a wooden table the formation of stains is caused when table mats and coasters are not used – you must mix vegetable oil and salt and leave them on the stains for a couple of hours; then remove it gently and wax the surface.
5. Restore the shine:
Oak, mahogany and walnut furniture usually lose the luster over time; removing the dirt from the surface is normally enough to recover the lost shine. Furniture should be cleaned and waxed on a regular basis.
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