If you have old cabinets left by your grandmother, you are very lucky. Old wooden furniture is like an element of retro style, which will bring some noble features into your home interior design. So, don’t rush to throw off your inheritance since an old wooden cabinet of your granny is an antique piece of artwork. If you say “Yes” to all of the following statements, then you better wait with restoration and call for an appraiser:
– The corners inside are ground down;
– The screws and cuts are not even, the distance between them is not the same – this means the work was done manually (it was not manufactured in the factory)
How to Give New Look to Old Wooden Furniture
If it turns out that your console is not old enough to cost more than a usual one, then we suggest you to occupy yourself by restoring this wooden piece of furniture on your own. In addition to old cabinet you will need a couple of brushes, paints, polish and pair of capable hands.
You can start with delicate cleaning. Wet sponge is a perfect tool for this purpose. If your old cabinet has a great number of decorative details, then it is better using a toothbrush to get the grime off patterned inserts. Fixings and fittings should be taken off as well – this way you will be able to clean absolutely everything. If you want to change the color, you can use abrasive sandpaper. Mark off the bolts and screws since some of them might need to be replaced.
1) First, we need to finish the surface of our old cabinet. You may use polishing machine if you have one, but if not, then abrasive sandpaper will be fine. Try to get the surface as smooth as you can. Fractures and shatters can be filled with putty.
2) For the first coat we will use black ink as a toner. Old wood easily soaks it up. So, we need to put a few layers of this.
3) We take bright red paint to color inside of the cabinet, but preliminary we put one layer of acrylic coat to ensure the red paint will lie evenly.
Lara uses various decorating tips. In this particular case she uses a decoupage technique – the process of decorating a surface with shapes cut from paper. You will need an oil gilding polish, artificial gold leaves and patterned shapes cut out of paper.