The future of home decor belongs to those who believe beauty exists in their homes. If you can imagine beauty, then with these tips believe you can create beauty in your home. The point I’m making is; sometimes you may find a piece of furniture in your home that appears to be of yesterday’s history. It is a piece with a hopeless look of days gone by and just seems to be out-of-place. When you think of the other pieces in your decor, you say “My only option is to replace.” But if you take a little time and restore the outdated piece you’ll have the rarest piece in the world. Here I will provide a step-by-step instruction guide, for a thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as restoring your furniture.
All you will need is to prepare, the proper supplies, and to follow the tips provided. Believe you can, and purchase the following: chemical strippers, rubber gloves, eye protection, a rounded-edge scraper, steel wool, water or turpentine, sandpaper medium and fine grit, tack cloth, stain, topcoat, drop cloth and rags or brushes.
If you are ready to begin the physical work start by desiring a neat job (hurry will make waste). It will be ideal to remove the old stain or varnish outdoors or select a well-ventilated room. A little wisdom, use a drop cloth under your furniture and avoid contact with the floor or ground.
According to the manufacturer’s directions apply the chemical stripper while wearing rubber gloves and eye protection. Allow the stripper to properly saturate the old stain, follow the directions for the amount of time needed to soak, the time needed will vary from product to product. The idea is to believe you can for what you think you’ll become. After soaking your furniture, use a scraper to remove the finish. Remove as much stain as possible with the scraper, what is left remove with steel wool. It is important to work quickly, do not allow the stripper to dry. After completely removing the old stain, clean your furniture with turpentine or water, removing the remaining stripper according to the directions. Now give your piece the length of time needed to thoroughly dry.
With care begin sanding in the direction of the grain of the wood, be sure not to sand against the grain. First sand with medium grit sandpaper and lastly with the fine grit sandpaper. Gently smooth out all imperfections in the wood and remove the last traces of the of the old stain. Using the tack cloth, it is important to remove all remaining dust from the piece before proceeding any further.
Your old piece should now start to show new life. Just believe you can restore and you’ll understand more through involvement. Paying close attention to the manufacturer’s directions carefully apply the new stain. To transform your piece it will require a rag or a brush depending on the stain used. Allow the stain to sit for the length of time recommended, then wipe off the excess. For a darker color apply multiple coats, but remember to allow the piece to dry between applications.
Lastly apply a sealer or top coat. Apply the sealer in thin coats, allowing the piece to dry between applications. By using long, overlapping strokes evenly apply the sealer for best results. One idea is to purchase a stain with a built-in sealer, then applying a sealer will not be necessary. Do not move the piece until allowing the top coat the length of time needed to completely dry.
We have just had a discussion about restoring a worn piece of furniture to match your home decor. If someone tells you, you will forget, it is best to believe you can and follow the advice. I suggest you to follow your dream and become involved, then you will find understanding. Look forward to you joining me in more discussions. Look for more articles and hubs I have written on home decor.