Refurbishing or making over pieces of the furniture that you already have may be just what your house needs to give your rooms a new look and feel before placing your home on the market to sell. Many times when staging houses, it’s necessary to remove old pieces of furniture and replace them with new ones to make the home look updated and fresh. However, this can sometimes be a pricey thing to do. This is why old furniture can be so great. It’s cheap (and best of all free if you already have it) and there are limitless possibilities on how you can refinish it. Tables, dressers, chairs, vanities – virtually anything that you already have that looks worn and outdated can be restored, saving you money and giving your rooms those focal points/conversation pieces they so need. So why not pick out a few key pieces of furniture and refurbish them? Viola! – what was old is now new again. It may take some elbow grease and a few hours of work, but the results will be well worth the effort it takes when you see those old tables and chairs come to life again.
Tips for Refurbishing Furniture
1. Make sure that you have enough time.
This is extremely important, as that little project you had in your head when you started could turn into something extremely time consuming and not what you’d originally signed up for. The more complex the task, the longer it’ll take to finish it. Look at the piece you want to refinish and then carefully look at the small details. Chairs with slats and spindles are not the easiest to redo. If the pieces have deep carvings, they can take hours to strip and refinish. See any rust? That step alone can take days of work. Know what you’re getting into before you start.
2. Clean the piece before you start.
Again, a thorough initial cleaning is a very important part of refinishing anything. This is especially true for pieces of furniture that are particularly aged. After years of sitting around it’s likely to have a good layer of dirt and grime on it – mainly in those little nooks and crannies. You’ll want to use a vegetable-based oil soap and warm water with a sponge for the initial wipe down. If your piece has fine details, use a soft toothbrush dipped in the warm soapy water to thoroughly clean those areas. If there are hard to reach areas/tight spots, you can sharpen a skinny wooden dowel (like you would a pencil) and use that sharp end to dig out the grime. You may also find that a good thorough cleaning may be all that the old table needed to look new again!
3. Repair or replace any broken parts.
In some cases you may need a professional’s help with tougher repairs (such as leg replacements or structural fixes). However, a lot of times just tightening the screws will fix those wobbly tables and chairs. Turn the chair or table over and figure out where it’s loose and closely examine all of the screws. If they’re in good shape, tighten them down. If they’re rusty, remove and replace them. Fill any small breaks with wood glue and fill all of the small cracks with like-colored wood putty.
4. Have the proper tools at hand.
The five most essential tools and items are: sandpaper and a sander, wood putty and a putty knife, primer, paint and brushes, and varnish. After you get your piece clean and repaired, you’re then going to want to start the refurbishing by sanding it down to remove any existing paint/stain, and getting to the original wood. This will also smooth out any minor scratches or dings. Next, you’ll fill any large scratches, dings or holes with your wood putty and putty knife. Once your putty is dry, apply 2-3 coats of primer – this will help your paint stick much better and more easily. Next – take your chosen color of paint and once again apply 2 to 3 coats. Finally – varnish. This will help seal your paint and protect your piece from any outside elements.
And the most important tip of them all – HAVE FUN! Refinishing furniture may be a time consuming project, but you’re going to end up with something that is unique and you can feel proud of creating. With all the things you have to do to get your house ready to sell, this type of project is something that can really help you to transform a room.
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