Helping Mother Earth By Refinishing FurnitureMay 25, 2011
Refinishing furniture is something that amateurs can attempt to do. However, it requires expertise that should be left to professionals in most cases. Many furniture companies sell expensive and beautiful mahogany furniture, but if their price tags are more than your wallet can handle, you have the option of spending less money, buying a used piece, and paying someone to help you with furniture refinishing. You can buy great pieces that are antiques that may have otherwise been destined for the rubbish heap. You can also buy pieces that have recently been made from reclaimed wood. If you do the latter, you may not have to spend as much time refinishing, but you will have to focus on good care and upkeep.
If you are interested in refinishing furniture, you should read our tips on how to refinish furniture. First of all, before doing anything, make sure that you know what time period the piece is from. Although the chance of finding an extremely valuable antique is relatively rare, check the age of the furniture before stripping it. Certain antiques will be worth more money with their paint or finish intact.
Once you are certain that your piece will not lose value by refinishing it, you start talking to a professional about working on it. You will want to gently remove any wax or oil build-ups that are on the furniture as well as any paint. Most furniture companies sell products that can help you remove unwanted substances from mahogany furniture. You can call our store for a recommendation about which ones to buy.
After those have been removed, you will need to look at scratches or other damage that has happened to the wood. Superficial scratches can be easily removed with a bit of sanding. Make sure to always move your sand paper with the grain of the wood, and do not use an electric sander unless it seems really necessary. An electric sander may sand too much wood away and cause damage that cannot be reversed. Remember that you can always sand more, but you can never go back if you sand too much. Deep scratches may be difficult to remove, and if you are unsure about how effective sanding will be on them, you may wish to seek the advice of a professional.
Once the wood is stripped and sanded, you have to decide whether you would like to add a finish to it or leave it naked. Once you have completed that step, the last thing to do is to take good care of your wooden furniture. Invest in a quality furniture polish. The most effective polishes contain lemon oil. You can buy products that have little to no environmental impact that contain lemon oils at most furniture stores. By buying an environmentally friendly polishing product and by saving this piece of furniture from ending up in a landfill, you have helped mother earth in two great ways. In addition, you now have a beautiful piece of furniture for your home.
This blog on how to refinish furniture has only provided you with a basic outline on furniture refinishing. Hopefully, you can take this information and confidently buy used furniture to refinish. As you can see, there are only a few steps and if done carefully with the aid of a professional, they can result in a tired old piece looking charming and stately. Refinishing wood furniture is something that you can be proud to be involved with; It helps the earth while improving the look of your home.