Did you know that 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? It is really a pity that (for a variety of “reasons”), many people ignore that 3 million of these items cab be repair and reused; of course not all furniture you find is necessarily eye- catching, however with a proper repairing plan, right tools, a little bit of patience and creativity you can bring back shabby pieces of furniture; even the ones that were passed on from your relatives and you thought were not chic anymore.
There is not denial that the furnishings in our homes are common targets of a considerable deal of stress and strain, for instance legs get wobbly, surfaces get dinged, dented or even scratched. This is mainly due to the rough and tumble that is life in any home. Nevertheless, in most cases damages are reversible with little expertise, and fortunately you do not need to be a seasoned carpenter to make long lasting repairs that allow you to save money. Actually, whether if you are a beginner or a pro executing DIY project that improve your home’s appearance, then this post has been made for you.
Arm Yourself with the Basic Toolkit
Since you will execute simple DIY repairing, you do not need a lot of expensive tools to make your furniture projects real. For instance:
Hide glue is one of the most essential tools you will need; this adhesive choice can make or break the long term success in your repaired furnishing. This amazing adhesive which is made from the skins of animals will dissolve when hot water is applied directly to it; this makes reparability easy and success. Modern synthetic glue is also another great item you can consider, it seals the surface of the wood and thus guaranties that no glue will ever be able to be used on top of it again.
Glue brush will be another item to include in your basic toolkit since hide glue is water- based; you will need it to spread the glue once you apply it for gluing joints and veneer. Generally a 3/8” wide brush will be more than enough to accomplish a good performance.
A 24oz dead blow mallet is a handy tool you need to have because they’ve got sand or lead shot in the head, which really helps giving a proper and direct thump where is needed.
West system epoxy syringe will be essential to get hot water into a joint. Sometimes you will need to apply small amounts of this liquid directly to the joint line to let it seep in. Small syringes are the perfect choice for this.
A fine rasp will be a great tool in case you will to clean up glue residue inside mortises before you re- glue the piece of furniture.
Scratches on Wood Furniture
Sometimes furniture polish and orange oil just do not work on helping you eliminate scratches on your wood furniture. To solve this problem and make your furniture pieces look much better, you may try taking a kitchen rag and mix about 1/cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil (quantities might change, depending on how big the surface is), once mixed you need to dipped it in and rubbed it on. Make sure to spread the mixture over the entire piece of furniture, you will immediately start noticing the transformation. Try this and you will surely see differences that not only make your now usable furniture surface better but also will add a silky smooth and clean look.
Fixing Chewed Chairs
Even though you have bought a bone, a toy or a piece of wood for your dog to chew in order to keep him away from chewing you chairs’ legs, your pet just find it enjoyable chewing them. Unfortunately, chew marks ruin the look of the furniture and most of the times also affect its structural integrity. To repair this problem you will need:
- 220- Grit sandpaper
- A putty knife
- Fan bush
- Auto body filler
- Mineral spirits
Start this fixing by taking a look of the damaged area and clean it up, this way it is ready to be repair. Using the utility knife, scrape away any frayed edges of wood that stick out from the surface. What you should do next is to apply the auto- body filler on the chewed area; you might need to do a few applications more in order to build up the area so it will be level with the surrounding area. Once it dries, it is time to sand it down to the final shape. To accomplish a smooth sanding, use a 150- grit sandpaper on the filled area; sand both the edges where the filler meets and the non- damaged areas to feather it all together. Now you need to add color to your furnishing and a good tip is to mix the tone you have chosen with a little white to lighten, or black if you need to darken the color. In addition, colors like red, yellow or orange may help achieve the proper wood tone you would like to have. It is also important to make notice that once the acrylic paint is dried, you need to spray a couple of clear lacquer coats over the area, make sure the coats are light and start with a sheen that is slightly shinier than you need.
Scratches and discoloration on the surfaces of your furniture are just some of the damages your items are vulnerable to, but this does not mean you have to throw them away. Luckily, there are many of these problems that can be fixed by you; I think that learning some tips on how to repair your furniture will go a long way on inspiring your creativity, grow your patience and of course will save you money you can invest on another home improvement ideas. In few and easy steps you can find in the full blown DIY craze, repairing or refinishing what you used to call ugly and old furniture is possible, believe me! This is something that thousands of people are doing. Just by following a couple of key principles, you will be set on the right path to repair your furniture, you should also remember that any time you are thinking about removing original material or replacing parts, you need to be sure that it is completely necessary; of course this will not be a concern for a professional furniture conservator, but as you would like to repair your own furniture, it is important for me to remind you this.
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