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7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Refinishing Your Antique Furniture

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Antique Furniture Refinishing can be an excellent way to make an old furniture look new again- or to change the color of the furnishing to suit the new color scheme. But there are also a lot of slip-ups that you could potentially ruin the resulting finish. Knowing these mistakes may help you decide not to DIY and hire a professional:

1.   Setting a wrong location

Not having an open area to fix your antique piece can be little tricky. Before you start, know where you can work. You need a big space to be on the safe side. If you cannot find an open area to work, hire a professional that knows how to work on it.

2.    Ignoring the instructions

Always remember to read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for paints, varnishes or strippers. Don’t miss out anything that is related to the chemical makeup and make sure you start revamping your antiques after completely reading the manual.

3.    Lack of tools

When it comes to DIY refinishing, you may hesitate to realize all the little details about proper use of tools and equipments. Some are pricey, and some are not-so-easy types. So, it’s better to call a pro to face-lift your antiques.

4.    Forgetting about cleaning the surface

Wiping down the surface before working can save you hours of work. You can use a wood cleaner or wax remover to see if you can recover the present finish.

5.    Failing to strip

Always remember to remove all the old finish or paint before you strip a piece. Or else, this may dry the wood and cause permanent damage especially when it’s exposed to direct sunlight.

6.    Failure to patience

If you don’t have wait for the stripper to work, it will ruin your entire project you’ve made. You should check to see if it comes off easily before removing it.

7.    Applying thick coats

Be careful while using a stain or paint that could resist being sticky too much. Before your piece shows up an unattractive finish, wait for the first coat to dry, and then apply the next one.

Before you jump into the antique furniture refinishing project too hastily, look for the proper ways of doing it, or simply call skilled craftsmen who can make the best out of your valuable antiques.