Sunday, 26 January 2014

Giving new life to old furniture

Doing up an old piece of furniture or charity shop find is a creative and budget-friendly way to transform these unused items into personal treasures. These few tips might help. REFINISHING old sideboards, tables, etc. can instill new life into them making these pieces functional and contemporary once more. Whether you're finding a new use entirely, or simply updating the look, there are a few things to keep in mind: PREPARATION Although you may be anxious to put your new treasure to use, taking time to properly strip and prepare your wood for its new finish will ensure the best results.Use a chemical paint stripper to remove heavy layers of paint, stain or varnish. ensuring you follow the manufacturers instructions. Give the stripper time to work and then gently scrape away the residue. (Tip: Remember to wear gloves approved for chemical handling and eye protection, and be sure to set up your project in a well-ventilated area) Once your piece has been stripped, wipe clean with a damp rag and allowed to thoroughly dry then give the item a light sanding. NOW YOU are ready for painting (If you will be using multiple colours, tape off areas to make crisp lines.) Use a brush to apply the paint, and allow to dry, again following the manufacturers instructions. Is this your first project? If so, water-based products can be easier to use than oil based stains and finishes. Will your "new" furniture be in frequent or casual use? To protect from wear and tear on daily basis, be sure to finish your project with an appropriate sealant or protective coat. It is worth noting that some stains and varnishes have a protective element builtin and can provide a rich colour and a tough, durable finish. COLOUR Do you have a specific room or setting in mind ? If you have a place already chosen, consider a colour or stain to match or maybe a versatile wood tone could be a better choice. ALL YOU need do now is to put your item into position and enjoy Don't forget that your hard work can be enhanced and the item made to last longer by some tender, loving care. After all, you have put work into creating this so it is worth looking after. Heritage Woodcare is east to use and versatile. Check it out at www.heritagewoodcare.co.uk

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