When it comes to defining the difference between furniture refinishing and furniture restoration, you’ll surely come across quite a few of them in the course of your study. Refinishing refers to a procedure of light cleaning and cosmetic refinishing of your furniture. However, when you do the restore for a particular vintage piece, the point is to preserve the inner architectural integrity of that piece in order to keep the aesthetic value of that furniture intact so as not to lose the durability and sturdiness that’s inherent to it.
In this article, I’d like to run through some of the ways that you can use furniture refinishing as an opportunity to restore your favorite pieces with minimal fuss and expense. First things first, you need to understand that you don’t necessarily have to restore your furniture from the ground up. In many cases, you can just bring back a few damaged and stained areas and make them look as good as new. Here’s a few tips on how you can bring back furniture’s classic appeal without spending too much or damaging it in the process:
You should do some basic furniture refinishing on pieces that have been damaged over time. This might mean taking away a few splinters or repainting a worn area. It might also mean replacing door hardware and drapes or repainting rooms with new ones that match the existing decor. The point is that this is something that you can do yourself, without having to hire professional craftsmen. Even if you are paying a little extra for professional refinishing services, it can still be less than what you would spend to completely restore that piece of wooden furniture to its original beauty.
Another option when it comes to furniture restoration is to simply strip the furniture down to the bare wood. While stripping can give your piece a much cheaper price tag, it is much more dangerous, since stripping takes out the glue that holds the current finish together. Also, stripping is only recommended for very old pieces of furniture. If the furniture you want to strip is newer, then you should avoid stripping it at all costs. However, if you know that the wood on your particular piece has seen better days, then stripping it may be an easy way to give you the old wood a new lease on life.
Third furniture refinishing project that is quite popular among do-it-yourselfers is called white rings. With this method, you use a chemical stripper (such as an acetone product) to remove the paint that surrounds your current finish. After that, you rub the metal with a steel wool pad until the white rings appear, which can be removed with a high-pressure air dryer. Although this is a fairly simple process, some homeowners choose not to take it seriously, because the chemical strippers can easily damage your furniture if used incorrectly.
Although these three techniques are all effective ways of giving your wooden pieces a facelift, you should know that no one of them is a surefire way of transforming your drab looking piece into a dazzling one. As mentioned above, wood turns color differently depending on the lighting in a room and the shade of your furniture; the finish you choose will also affect how it looks. However, if you feel like you won’t have enough time to complete the project correctly, or if you want to save money on the whole renovation project, then it is recommended that you hire professionals to do it for you. Professional furniture restoration service companies use a variety of tools and techniques to make sure that their customers get the best possible results, which means they don’t have to spend as much time on the actual application process. If you decide to go with a professional company to refinish your furniture, make sure you ask about their refund policy and guarantee.