Most furniture, if cared for properly, can actually last for many decades. If you have an old furniture in your home that is still in good condition but is looking a little weary, then I’d like to congratulate you first for being a part of the few percent who don’t throw away their stuff the moment they see a scratch or dent on it. If you have old furniture lying around your home, you can actually refurbish it. Today, we give you tips for making your furniture look brand new again.
- Read the manual
It’s important to read the furniture manual so you know what products/solutions to avoid using. If you’ve owned the furniture for quite some time and it’s been quite a while since you did outdoor furniture shopping online, then you probably don’t have the manual anymore. Don’t worry. The internet is a rich source of information for the kind of maintenance needed on the type of material your furniture is made of.
- Basic refurbishing
This method only requires three steps: sand, paint, and polish. Sand paper will help remove the old paint off. Only start painting when you are sure that all the old surface has completely been stripped. Replace it with the paint colour of your choice and top it with a clear polish. Voila! You’re done.
- Remove tiny scratches
For those who know how to care for outdoor furniture, it’s rare to find dents and marks on their furniture but as the years go by, even the most careful will eventually cause damage to their furniture. It’s unavoidable to find scratches in your furniture from everyday use; thankfully, there are products sold at home goods stores specially designed to treat furniture scratches.
Scratch cover is a product that is used to conceal furniture scratches. Apply a small amount like you would with a normal polish and it should hide the scratch making your worn furniture look brand new again.
- For larger damages
Larger damage in furniture often come in the form of sharp edges. Rub the area with sandpaper to remove the sharp edge. Use a wax stick in the same colour as your furniture and fill the damaged area with it. Place more than enough wax and scrape it off with a card to level it off. Finish it off by polishing the area.
- Give it the milk treatment
If you’re going for the slightly washed out look, you can use milk paint. This is probably one of the most natural paint products out there and comes in powder form. It comes in different colours and can be used to paint on unfinished and finished wooden surfaces.
- Clean it regularly
Ater revamping your old furniture, the last step to take is to clean it regularly. This will prevent it from getting worn out. Nothing sophisticated here. Just use 1 part of laundry detergent and 4 parts water. Mix it together and using cotton cloth, wipe your furniture with the solution. Just to be sure, you might want to test the solution first on a small spot and if you notice any discolouration, stop. It might be that the solution is too harsh for the material in which case, you need to concoct a more gentle solution or use baby wipes instead.
There you have it. Whilst others are distressing their furniture and making it look old, here you are making yours look new! Give yourself a pat in the back and grab some more furniture that you can refurbish. Any suggestions on making your furniture look new? Let us know in the comments.
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