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Bringing Your Vintage Furniture And Antiques Back To Life

14th Jan 2014

Lots of people have old antiques and vintage furniture either lying around the attic or waiting to get thrown away. However, before you throw something out, consider whether or not you could use your artistic license to restore it and give it a new lease of life.

Vintage Furniture

Your old worn down vintage furniture might not be as useless as you think. Retro and vintage is in, and some people would pay a small fortune to get their hands on a piece of original vintage furnishing. Perhaps you’ve decided that it would take up to much time to restore, however, here are some quick and easy tips to put the life back into your vintage furniture.

Painting

Painting is such an easy option, and it can have wondrous and modernising effects on old wooden items. If you have an old wooden dining chair or table, or perhaps a wooden cabinet or wardrobe, give it a simple coat of paint and this will quickly and easily give it the freshness it was lacking. White or cream paint gives an item the ‘new’ effect, and if you’re going for kitsch, you could add a subtle floral patterning.

Upholstery

Some vintage pieces need more care than others, such as old sofas and armchairs. The beauty of vintage sofas is the shaping of them, which means you can replace the fabric and they will still look authentic. You can reupholster a sofa yourself if you have some background knowledge into upholstery, however, the better option would be to take it to a professional so you can be ensured that you will be getting the best out of your vintage sofa. Some old sofas may need some extra TLC, such as having padding and springs replaced. While this may cost extra, it could also put added value onto your piece of vintage furniture, which means if you considered selling it on you could potentially be making a fair amount of money.

Antique Items

An antiques is an item that is considered to be at least 100 years old, which means restoring one will require a steady hand and lots of care. To find out what you can do to bring your antiques back to life, consider the following tips.

Function

What was the original function of your antique? Consider what your antique was initially intended to be used for and swap its function with something else. For example, perhaps you have an antique watering can, which could be used as a vase to put flowers in. Or maybe it’s an old suitcase, which could be instead lined with fabric and used as a quirky dog or cat bed. Giving original antiques a new function is an increasing trend and saves you having to spend a lot of money trying to restore the item to get it to it’s original purpose. Plus, it makes for an excellent conversation starter.

Restoration

If you choose to fully restore your antique, this can take a lot of precision and time, and if you buy your own equipment and materials, it could even cost you a lot of money. However, if you are serious about restoring your antique, the best option would be to leave it down to the experts. Take your antique to someone such as RRConservation, who restore antiques for a living and deal with every item individually. By doing so, you can get the most out of your antique and have it looking good as new again.

This article was provided by Bozzle Blog.

 

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