6 Ways To Restore Old Furniture


If you have any old furniture lying neglected around your home, you should try restoring it to check if they can be of use again. And unlike what some people might think, restoring old furniture is not a complicated process. Below, we check out a few ways you can do it.

1. Get Rid Of Stains

One thing that will make the furniture look very old is stains. The more the wood is stained, the less attractive the furniture will be. An easy way to remove these stains is by using vinegar and oil. Mix up three-fourth cup of vinegar with one-fourth cup of canola oil and apply it on the stains. Wait for a few minutes, and you will start seeing the stains fade out.

2. Cover The Scratches

Scratches in the furniture can also be fixed naturally. For this, all you need is some ground coffee or walnuts. If using coffee grounds, moisten it and then apply it on the scratches using a cotton swab. Leave it like that for about 10 minutes and the scratches will now be hidden. This is ideal for dark wood. In case the furniture is light in tone, you only need to rub a piece of walnut on the scratched surface. However, if there are too many scratches in addition to stains, then it might be a good idea to call up for a furniture donation pickup so that you can donate the furniture for a good cause.

3. Fix Up The Varnish Cracks

Cracks in the varnish will also make furniture look unappealing. Fortunately, they can be easily taken care of by using clear nail polish. Just apply it to the damaged region and leave it for about 10 minutes to dry out. Then, pick up a sandpaper and flatten the spot until it shines. However, remember that you can only use this method if the paint is intact. 

4. Add Polish

Being old, the furniture will likely lack in luster. This can be remedied by using some olive oil. Apply the oil on the wooden surface using a microfiber cloth. The furniture will now shine just like the new ones.

5. Use Wallpaper

Sometimes, the furniture can be extremely damaged that it cannot be used anywhere in the home. However, you need not throw it out. You can use a wallpaper to cover up its surface. This should give it a very stylish look. And the best part is that you can keep changing the wallpaper whenever you want. This will update the furniture with new looks.

6. Use WD-40 For Leather

If the furniture has leather, then it will likely be very much stained due to years of neglect. But this does not mean that you will have to re-upholster it. Instead, these stains can easily be removed by using a lubricant called WD-40. Spray the lubricant at the stained spot and wipe the area with a dry cloth. This should get rid of any stains on the surface of the leather.

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