5 Best Furniture Restoration Ideas

A new year has come and new trends are being set fast in all areas of our lives. A good way to start the new year afresh and with a new burst of energy is to change your interior decoration, but be careful as there are new rules for this year.

In 2016 trends in interior decorator in Singapore will pay more attention to family and will show a high interest for preservation and ‘vintage’, as one of the first priorities will be saving money.

The present economic situation will make many of us become nostalgic about the old days. The so called “old colors” to remind us of the past will be among the most wanted design trends of this year. The earthy brown, the lime green or navy blue will find themselves both in it for color, as well as trends in fabrics. What will fuel trends in 2016 will be the interest in ‘greening up’. Through the reuse of furniture by restoration, not only will you be saving money but you will also have a good feeling that you have contributed to protecting the environment.

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  • Re-upholster a dining room chair:

Remove the seat cushion from chair frame and rip off original fabric. Select a new fabric choose that goes with the decor of your dining room. Place seat frame with cushion side face down on lining.Cut the lining cloth three inches around the edge of the frame. Staple the lining to the frame with a staple gun. Repeat this with the fabric on top, tucking in the edges neatly. Reattach the cushion to the frame using the original hardware.

  • Restore a garage sale dresser:

Take out the drawers, remove the knobs and sand the dresser down to bare wood. Paint it in a solid color like jet black, with 3 coats of paint, letting it dry for 3 hours between each coat. Add new silver knobs to the dresser drawers. Additional ideas like shaded paint, stencil or chevron designs or a distressed look can be applied as well.

  • Refinishing an antique:

Clean and sand the furniture, wiping down with a wet cloth after. Apply the stripping agent with a brush in thick, unidirectional coats. After drying, remove the stripper residue with a knife and then a damp cloth. Make any repairs if required. Add the distressing marks or dents with a hammer. Apply the stain, sanding it between layers and the wipe off.

  • Paint and stencil an old wood table:

Use a rag with mineral spirits to clean the surface and use auto body filler to fill in the damaged gams, scoring the area with a blade first. Once dry and hard, sandpaper it into shape covering the rest of the table as well. Then apply a sand primer in an aerosol can. Let dry and sand between each coat. Add spray paint or lacquer after that. Select a stencil and tape it to the surface ensuring it is flat. Lightly spray through the stencil, removing it after 30 minutes. Let dry for 10 hours and then sand over it for a worn look, following up with a clear protective layer.

  • Giving your armchair slipcovers:

Tuck and fold the seams as you glue the fabric down to the chair, hand stitching wherever required. Cut the arm pieces extra for curves and padding, press each piece down with adhesive spray, smoothening out the wrinkles. Tuck in the edges. Cover the bottom edges of all other pieces with the chair’s skirt, wrapped all the way around or in separate bits. Hammer in upholstery nails to the frame on the back and along the edges. Then hold the fabric in place with stitches.

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