Restoring timber antiques
Timber furniture with a clear finish that shows the grain has a timeless appeal although the dings and blemishes that build up over the years can be conspicuous.
Restoring old timber to its former glory could be as simple as using a few drops of water to lift a dent or using epoxy putty to patch veneer.
Here are our tips on how you can get your timber looking new again.
TIP: Consult an expert first if your furniture may be a valuable antique.
Cleaning the timber
The first step to any furniture revamp is to give it a thorough clean, as simply removing the grime that has built up can restore much of the original lustre.
Use a sponge dipped in a solution of water and dishwashing detergent to gently clean the timber, getting into details and mouldings with a brush.
Rinse off the detergent with clean water and dry with a cloth.
Scrape off paint spots
Paint spatters are common on old furniture and they can often be easily removed without damaging the finish.
Make a precision scraper by applying masking tape to the ends of a one-sided razor blade then run the cutting edge carefully along the surface of the timber to remove any dried paint spots.
TIP: The masking tape keeps the blade a fraction of a millimetre clear of the original finish and also prevents you from accidentally gouging the surface of the timber with a sharp corner.