Have you ever wondered how hard or easy it is to restore walnut furniture? There is a bit more of a DIY Curve to it than one might think. While it is different it is not impossible. After all, DIY is about learning a new skill and learning as you go isn’t it?
For me, restoration of furniture is about bringing a piece back to life, giving it luster and a great appearance. I don’t like the worn in look, so I like to do the ‘clean it up thing’. I have flipped through so many different magazines and it would seem that it is what is old is new again. I’ll explain more in a minute. There’s more to this than just fixing up the old furniture! Read on.
Today, after really searching for good information on walnut table and lounge chair restoration, I took a break from DIY and decided to catch up and share a bit of the information. It’s really a time a lot of people go antiquing, so don’t pass up on a walnut piece, because the task is not insurmountable. Use these tips for restoring a vintage walnut table and lounge chair as a springboard for all those other pieces you see and love! Buy them and restore them!
Why To Restore A Vintage Walnut Table And Lounge Chair
Like I said, as I read modern home decor magazines and browse through their websites, I see that chic and retro decor are almost the same thing. The modern styles of postmodern and early-modern are intertwined to some degree.
Contemporary style has chosen to take a lot of influence from all four of these styles and vintage has made a comeback. It’s quite an extraordinary thing to see that contemporary decor has taken inspiration from items that were made decades ago.
However this also means that anyone can style their homes up to a modern chic level, without having to pay thousands of dollars as you would for a new corner sofa. Yet, you cannot expect to find vintage pieces in absolute great condition. This is where your renovation skills come in and decor can be raised back up to full health. If you get really good at this, you can actually turn a good profit doing this sort of thing.
A Walnut Restoration
Of all the materials in the modern home today, wood is still perhaps the best. It’s incredibly pliable which makes it the dream of carpenters from all of the world. If you’re looking to restore something that is going to net you a lot of profit but not cost a lot to bring back to its original quality, find a pure walnut coffee table.
Walnut is perhaps the second-best wood after mahogany, and it’s because it’s dense, has rich color, is strong and is aged. Sometimes you may enter into an antique shop and be in the presence of a walnut table that is crafted from wood that is over 100-150 years old (almost unreal right?)
The basic premise is to use a fine grade sandpaper, and smooth down any scrapes and bumps. You’ll also stain the table with oil, and sealant. Then take both off, and then use a rag to put on a thin coating of light oil. You’ll get the dirt off, but also smooth over the imperfections while bring the natural color of the wood out.
Lounging Leather Life – Bring It Back!
It’s rare to find lounging decor or any kind of furniture that has been iconic in the past and still is used today by interior designers. Something like that is sure to fetch a pretty penny if you can get your hands on it. The famous Eames Lounge Chair is one such furniture that has stood the test of time.
If you can find one at an auction, in an antique store, or someone selling it privately online, make every effort you can to snatch it up. These chairs were designed in the 50’s and are highly desired today. Although modern variations have been made, the original line is still incredibly popular.
After you have restored the leather, wood and metal support structure, you can sell Eames Furniture here. Shhhh, this sight will help you earn money! It’s a specialist business which means, designers are willing to pay thousands of dollars for an older design. If your chair comes with the original ottoman also, the price could be doubled.
Vintage furniture and decor pieces are back in style thanks to the modern chic and minimalist styles of interior design. Walnut coffee tables have a certain allure to them because of the quality and age of the wood. Yet, lounge chairs that could be 40 or 50 years old are just as lusted after. A little elbow grease, some oil, and work, can provide you great new looking pieces with quality wood! Sell them, and make cash! Use your DIY skills to bring in that extra income and to breathe life back into what was old, by making it new again! ~ DIY Dana
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