Many hobbyists enjoy restoring antique furniture. What’s not to love? It turns a forgotten old piece into a new addition to your home. Aside from that, it can prolong the life of your antique.
If you have an antique commode chest that needs restoring, here are three simple steps to make the old new again.
Step 1: Clean
Clean before you start any restoration project. Dust and dirt accumulated throughout the years of use or storage must be removed to get a clear idea of what the antique commode chest needs. Use a wash cloth, a sponge, and oil-based cleaner while making sure to cover all areas including the lower rails and veneers. It is only after cleaning that you can truly assess the type of maintenance your antique piece needs.
Step 2: Repair
Inspect your antique commode chest for areas that need repairing. This can be as simple as tightening screws or replacing handles. Often times the repairs may be more severe, especially when you are dealing with a piece that has not been well maintained.
Before replacing any broken parts, inspect your piece for labels or marks that would indicate its origin. If you’re not sure what to check, here’s a guide on how to determine the age of antique furniture. Unless you consider yourself the real handyman, you might need to consult a professional if you suspect your piece is worth some money.
Repairing areas of your antique furniture improves their structural integrity and helps you use them for many more years. Inspect your furniture and repair damaged areas on a regular basis.
Step 3: Refinish
Not all restoration projects need refinishing. Just in case your antiques commode chest needs it, make sure to remove the previous finish before applying a new one. Sanding is also an important step because it ensures that you start with a smooth area and the new finish will be applied perfectly. Refinishing is one of the most challenging and time consuming parts of the restoration process and sometimes needs professional help.
Take the challenge. Clean, repair and refinish antique furniture and restore it to its former elegance.