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Study: My Understanding of Resources

Guide on how to restore old furniture

Furniture that has been in use over the time is better than modern furniture produced in bigger numbers. This furniture is made to withstand time since replacing of furniture cannot be done now and then. It is definitive because it was intended to stay for a long time. Nevertheless, having been used for a long time can alter the color, appearance, and stability of furniture.

Old furniture can often be restored using the tips below. Decide if it’s necessary to restore them or discard them. One can consider refinishing a table where the finish has been darkening over time. You should not rebuild a furniture that has been invested by pests such as termites and ants. If the wood has clear signs of serious water damage such as rot and stains do not bother. The amount of work increases with the size of the piece and gift chest with many angles, and holes can be a pain to clean out much less rebuild. Note that wall-sized shelving units are in less demand in the marketplace because they are highly immobile whereas small desks have high value and sturdy small tables.

If you are dealing with a rusting metal piece, consider the amount of work it will take to remove the surface rust from an ornate steel table as compared to a rusted weather vane with all flat surfaces. If it will take many hours to remove the rust it is not worth your effort. Have a strategy how the piece will look like before you start working on it. You should invest time on refinishing what you know you will put into use after the work.
Have an economical plan to avoid spending on pieces that are not substantial to your money. Your budget should include the cost of any woodworking tools that you may not have and cannot borrow or rent. In case the cost of refinishing your old furniture is higher than buying a new one you may consider leaving the furniture and buying a new one.

Understand the scope of your work. You must know the amount of time that you will spend to refurbish the furniture. For example,rust take days to eradicate. Understand when the project will either take significant time to do and when it cannot be done at all.

Plan on replacing the hardware. You should consider eliminating the hinges, pulls, handles and ornate knobs. After you finish the wood you can recollect it with the repaired hardware or a new hardware that matches the original piece’s work. If you do not know how to handle complex joints like dovetail joints, leave the restoration work to those who can do it perfectly.