The curved chair from the flea market or the old dresser from the store of the grandparents also lends modern apartments a little rustic charm – as long as the Restoring Old Wooden Furniture is again nicely dressed. No wonder many home improvement workers itch in their fingers when they see an old piece of furniture. If you do it right, a unique furniture is created from a bulrush-rimmed furniture.
Furniture recycling has for some time been a trend among innovative designers: they take old pieces, process them and make them unique. Even home improvement workers do not have to dispose of unsightly wooden furniture on the bulky waste, because reprocessing, peeling off old paint layers and a new paint can give a piece of furniture a completely new look. In this case, a new coating is only a possibility for fresh shine.
“Before working on finds or heirlooms, one should honestly ask whether the yield is worth the effort,” says Ursula Geismann from the Association of the German Furniture Industry in Bad Honnef. Not in every case, however, is only the value of the property: “Many pieces of furniture have an ideal value, too, which may have been the grandmother’s favorite.”
However, caution should be given to old design furniture from the sixties or seventies, a work-up could reduce the value. “If you are unsure about the value and age of the piece of furniture, or value historic historical, you should consult a professional,” advises the restorer Manfred Strum-Roundelay from Berlin.
Before handing on the piece of land from the attic, the Restoring Old Wooden Furniture should be checked for its functions and repaired if necessary. “In the case of very old pieces, the handyman must check whether there is an attack with woodworms,” says Michael Pommel, trainer at the German Alzheimer Academy in Cologne. If the wooden wormhole, the piece of furniture should first be placed on a paper plane. If in the next few days the handyman finds fine wood flour, there are still worms in it and must be killed with a special agent.
How the Restoring Old Wooden Furniture surface of a piece of furniture can best be worked on depends on the coating material used previously and on the own presentation. In the case of lacquered wooden furniture, several layers of paint often have to be removed, for which there are several possibilities. “Either the surface is chemically treated with strippers or hot-air blowers,” says Pommer. An alternative is the removal of the surface with a veneer planer.
Ludger Küper, director of the Paint Quality Institute in Hessian Schwalbach, would choose the grinding process. In the case of large surfaces, the DIY enthusiast can save energy and time by means of electric grinding tools. The varnish layer is processed several times. Grinding sandpaper with a grain size of 80 is suitable for the first grinding operation. Finer paper with the grain size of 120 and the next step of 180 to 240 are used.
When grinding furniture, the handyman should always wear a respirator mask, which protects against possibly carcinogenic fine dust. The remnants of pickling were also not part of the household waste but of the special waste. “Old furniture, which was formerly treated with wood preservatives, should in no case be abraded,” warns Hans Ulrich-Raithel from the Umweltinstitut in Munich. This could easily release pesticides.
Subsequently, the surface can be completely reprocessed, for example with oil, wax or a varnish. “When selecting the coating agent, it is to be noted that no lacquers or varnish layers are part of oiled surfaces, for example teak,” advises Küper. A lacquered surface must be painted as a rule. If the wood had been glazed, it could be painted or varnished.
A single-colored new coat is only a possibility for fresh shine. “Cabinets or chests can easily be spiced up with colorful colors and patterns,” says Earring. Foil, sponge and winding techniques are suitable for this purpose. They could also be screened and painted with template motifs.
As old and expensive, Restoring Old Wooden Furniture is already a bit shabby. “If you love something like this, but do not want to pay for expensive originals, you can make your own ‘Shabby-Schick’ with so-called Krakelieren,” advises Pomeranian. A crackling or tear-lacquer imitates the cracks of an old paint. Even a nigelnagelneues furniture with an antique appearance.