Quick Fix: Essentials of Antique Furniture Refurbishing

1966486474e1bdd96345db03986e3992If you just got back from a thrift store, or garage sale, with a lovely new antique, you may be looking for some quick ways to spruce it up. Working a new antique into your home can take a little bit of polishing, so here are some key points to hit during a quick fix.

Assess Damage

First you will want to make sure your new piece is stable and all parts are intact and present. For wooden furniture, check joints and legs to see if any need to be reseated or realigned. For furniture made of metal, or with metal accents, look carefully for rust or corrosion. Fabrics should be checked for tears and couch foam should be investigated for mold and moisture damage.

Woods and Metals

If there are wobbly or loose parts, re-seat them using a mixture of wood glue and sawdust. Make sure all parts are properly positioned during the drying process using clamps or gravity and weights. Assess the visual quality of the wood and use a walnut or coffee grounds to remove or reduce the appearance of dings and scratches. Be sure to pull up all sofa seat cushions to check underneath for damage to the frame.

Fabrics and Stuffing

It’s easy to DIY repair small tears in removable upholstery using sewing materials. For musty smells, launder removable sofa covers or replace them completely. Air out old stuffing, or do a sofa foam replacement with foam that suits your needs, such as dryfast foam for frequent spills, or softer or firmer filling to correct posture and ease back pain.

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