Budget Decorator: 8 Ways to Get Old Furniture Like New
Tools of Trade: Chemical stripper (note that the faster acting scrapers are also the most toxic), solvent respirator with filters, safety goggles, chemical resistant gloves, lab coat, paint brush, scraper and steel wool.
After you put your hand on the stripper, the varnish should begin to bubble. Use a spatula or steel wool to remove the layers of the old paint. After that, be sure to give the piece a layer of benzine or denatured alcohol to remove the traces of the stripper.
Tools of trade: sandpaper, wood conditioner, rubber or nitrile gloves, wood stain, soft cloth and a polyurethane varnish.
Rub on the stains evenly with a soft cloth (you may want to use several layers) and finish with a polyurethane sheath.
Tips: Take photos, every step, as you take apart your chair; Keep the original fabric piece to be used as a pattern.
If to see a pro , if your piece has structural problems or an unpleasant feather. A professional can completely build your chair … not something the average person should try at home.
See our interview with Mihalik for more chair renovation and home improvement upholstery tips.
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Studio Marcelo Brito
Tools of the trade: brass or copper brush or wool, sandpaper, liming wax -% 2c liming solution or primer, soft cloth and wax or clear polyurethane.
lighten the wood that you can use, liming wax, scrubbing ash or a solution of primer and water, work with a rag. When using wax, remove the excess wax with fine steel wool and seal the surface with wax. If you are using primer or liming solution, wipe off the excess with a rag. Once the piece is dry, seal it with a polyurethane sheath.
Tools of the trade: Bucket and stir sticks to mix, brush and drop cloth.
Rethink Design Studio
Oil painting requires the taking of more safety and precautions: the vapors mean it is best to work outdoors; Aggressive chemical solvents are necessary for cleanup; and you need to bring all the leftovers to a hazardous waste center. The benefits of oil paints are better coverage and, as some say, richer colors.
Tools of the trade: Drop cloths, sandpaper, mini foam roller, painter tape, primer, latex or oil paint and thinner for oil paint.
For painting, use a small roller to apply evenly without brush lines. Start at the top and work your way down; let the paint dry completely between coats.
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Tools of the trade: outdoor furniture spray paint, rubber gloves, painter mask and drop cloth.
Instructions: clean the furniture, scrub scratches and rust, and let it dry completely. Wear rubber gloves and a painter’s mask while painting. Working outdoors on a drop cloth, spray the furniture with even strokes. Multiple thin layers provide even coverage without too many drops.
Caitlin Wilson Design
Tools of the trade: Staple gun, new cloth and foam or cotton wool.
Instructions: remove the seat cushions from the chair. Remove the old fabric and use it as a template, cut out the new fabric. If you feel the cotton or foam pillow is very worn out, replace it. Wrap the new fabric over the seat and use a staple gun to attach you. Screw the seat back on.
Step-by-step instructions:, How to Re-Cover a Seat Cushion