If you have old furniture sitting around the house that has seen better days, the entire Feng shui (harmony) of your interior may be a mess. These pieces may be on their last legs structurally as well. If you're giving these pieces a makeover and want to do it successfully, keep these tips in mind.
Create a Budget
Like most DIY projects, you need to first come up with a budget. Then, your restoration projects won't drain your bank accounts and leave you worse off financially than when you started. Think about how much money you're willing to sink into these restorations.
Is the piece valuable or hold some sort of sentimental value? If so, you may want to pay more on both cosmetic and structural damage. However, if the piece isn't that important and is just a filler piece to complete a room, you may want to avoid restoring it fully. Touch-ups, for example, may be a better option.
Repair and Replace Parts First
Before applying a new coat of paint or fixing other cosmetic issues with furniture, you should first address major issues. Only then will your furniture pieces be practical and serve their purpose. Most of the time, repairing and replacing parts isn't that difficult.
It's when furniture has complex structural issues that warrant professional help. The pros have access to more tools and are more familiar with how parts fit together. They'll lay the groundwork and give you access to fully functional pieces that are easier to work on.
Wear the Right Safety Gear
No matter what the furniture restoration entails, you always should take the right safety precautions. Otherwise, you risk injuring yourself and others who are around these work areas.
A must-have, when cutting and sanding wood, is protective eyewear. Choose glasses or goggles that give your eyes full protection and preferably have an adjustable design. Then, you can rest assured the eyewear will remain in place and be comfortable to wear for hours.
Long-sleeve clothing is also important to wear, as it gives your skin and other sensitive areas ample protection from things like wood chips and irritating debris.
Restoring furniture can be a fun, yet demanding process. To maximize your time and see optimal results, you need to plan out each project carefully. Your furniture pieces can look beautiful -- like they used to -- if you make the right preparations in advance. To learn more, contact a company like B New Restoration.