There’s something undeniably exciting about the idea of old furniture. It opens up a world of possibilities, and you’ll earn the satisfaction of creating something beautiful and unique. A lot of steps go into bringing an old piece back to life—it isn’t as easy as slapping on some paint. For any prospective DIYers out there, we’ve created a handy list of furniture restoration tips. Keep reading to learn more.
1. Make a Plan
Come up with a game plan before diving into any sort of project. Make a checklist of all the steps you plan on taking, and keep it on hand to refer back to. This will prevent you from missing an important step, which could force you to make a tricky alteration.
2. Do Your Research
This step is relevant to crafters of any skill level. When you’re tackling a new project, you’ll naturally want to look into different ways to achieve your desired end result. You may also want to research the materials you’re using, as the type of materials will affect how you work with them. For example, a certain chemical might be too abrasive for the materials you’re applying it to, so you’d have to substitute the chemical for an alternative option.
3. Purchase Enough Materials
If you have to replace some parts on the piece of furniture you’re working on, you’ll have to collect the items you need to refurbish them. We recommend buying all these items ahead of time—and more importantly, buying enough of them. It’s easy to underestimate how much of something you’ll use, and you don’t want to run out of a product while you’re in the middle of a project.
4. Clean Everything
Cleaning whatever object you’re working on is extremely important. Regardless of the project, working on a dirty piece of furniture is far from beneficial. When you paint or stain a dirty object, you’re essentially trapping dirt and oils; the dirt can cause unattractive bumps that prevent a smooth surface. Grime can also can prevent paint and stain from sticking.
5. Take Your Time
As you may have heard, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Quality work takes time, and you want to practice patience as you carry out your work. The best results will come from careful planning and an attention to detail. Anyone can redo a piece of furniture, but those who take their time will have the best outcome.
6. Extra Tips
Seasoned pros tend to keep an arsenal of helpful tips in their toolbelt. We’ll conclude this article with a few techniques you can use to produce beautiful results:
- Fill small holes in the wall with toothpaste before painting over them.
- Lock in loose dowels with a small amount of epoxy pour.
- Invest in a staple gun—it will aid you in a litany of projects, the most common one being upholstery.
- Before you apply a stain or finish to wood, be sure to remove any previous treatments. Use sandpaper to get rid of any old coats of paint or stain.