How to Restore Old Wooden Furniture

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Wood furniture is the most common element of furniture that is passed down from generation to generation. You wouldn’t probably receive your grandma’s plastic serving pieces or an old fishing pole from your great grandpa, but a 100-year-old wooden dining table is more likely to appear in your home. Wood can withstand the passing of time from generation to generation. Not only does it provide a piece of family history, but it has its own story to tell to anyone who dines around it for years to come.

However, with the passing of time and regular use from previous generations, it is likely an heirloom wooden furniture piece is in need of some TLC. Here are four simple options to restoring old wooden furniture that will make it look just as beautiful as the day it was purchased.

1. Staining wood. Staining is a quick and simple way to even out discolorations on the surface that shows the furniture’s age. Whether you’re staining it back to the original color or going a few shades darker, it is amazing what a coat or two can do to transform an old piece of wood furniture.

2. Removing stains and discolorations. If you’re not ready to make the commitment of a total re-stain, a removal of stains and discoloration will make the furniture appear cleaner without losing any of the original colorings. The most common types of stains include white spots, ink stains, wax and gum spots and blushing. It is important to remember to only work as deep as the affected area and retain as much of the original stain color as possible.

3. Repairing Cracks. If your wooden furniture is old, chances are there is some cracking on the surface of the wood. Repairing cracks is a simple way to transform a piece of furniture back to its original state. There are various types of wood fillers and putties that can be applied to achieve a restored look.

4. Replacing hardware. Replacing the old existing hardware on furniture is probably the simplest restoration technique to transform your furniture. Most likely, any hinges, handles, drawer pulls or ornamental elements on an heirloom piece are scratched, worn or dysfunctional. Adding new hardware will automatically update any piece without losing the vintage effect on the wood.

It is important to constantly be treating any signs of generational wear and tear on an old piece of furniture. Chances are you won’t be the last person to use and love the piece, so keeping it in good condition for the next inheritor is important to the longevity of your furniture.

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