Factors to consider when restoring old furniture.
Furniture that has been in use over the time is better than modern furniture produced in bigger numbers. This furniture is made to withstand time since replacing of furniture cannot be done now and then. It is standard because it was intended to stay for a long time. Still,having been used for a long time can change color, look and firmness of the furniture.
The following tactics can be used to repair old furniture. Decide if it’s necessary to restore them or discard them. One can consider refinishing a table where the finish has been darkening over time. You should avoid restoring old furniture that is currently infested with pests such as termites and ants. If the wood has clear signs of severe water destruction such as rot and stains do not bother. The amount of work increases with the size of the piece and gift chest with many angles, and holes can be a pain to clean out much less rebuild. Note that wall-sized shelving units are in less demand in the marketplace because they are difficult to move whereas small desks have high value and strong small tables.
If you are dealing with a rusting metal piece, consider the amount of work it will take to do away with the surface rust from an ornate steel table as compared to a rusted weather vane with all flat surfaces. If it will take a lot of hours to eradicate the rust it is not worth your effort. Have an idea how the piece will look like before you commence your work. You should invest time on refinishing what you know you will put into use after the work.
Have an economical plan to avoid spending on pieces that are not substantial to your money. Your budget should contain any cost of any woodworking tools that you may lack and cannot borrow or rent. In case the cost of refinishing your old furniture is higher than buying a new one you may consider leaving the furniture and buying a new one.
Comprehend the room for your work. You must know the amount of time that you will spend to refurbish the furniture. For instance, rust take days to remove . Know when the project will either take more time to do and when it cannot be do at all.
Get an Idea on swapping hardware. You should consider eliminating the hinges, pulls, handles and ornate knobs. After you complete the wood you can reconstruct it with the renovated hardware or a new hardware that matches the original piece’s look. If you do not know how to handle complex joints like dovetail joints, leave the restoration work to those who can do it perfectly.