Giving Old Furniture a New Lease on Life

Give Your Old Furniture A New Lease Of Life When Downsizing

There is a common misconception among individuals who are downsizing their homes that their current furniture will simply become obsolete. Thankfully, this is far from the truth, and many pieces can be easily repurposed to fit your new abode perfectly. Wood is without any doubt one of the most timeless decorating elements, but like everything else in life, it is not immune to wear and tear. A few stains or cracks are, however, not enough reason to throw away a perfectly good chair or coffee table away. Before using your tiny wooden stools as end tables or fastening an old bookshelf to the kitchen wall for extra storage space, give it a quick once-over to check for any blemishes that may need your attention.

Fix any signs of cracked varnish

Cracked varnish can make your wooden furniture look aged and tacky, which is not ideal if you want to repurpose it. Thankfully, fixing cracked varnish does not have to be a labor-intensive, tedious task – especially not if the paint or wood underneath it is still intact. If the cracked area is relatively small, applying a layer of clear nail polish to the damaged area and letting it dry before gently sanding it will more than likely do the trick. If, however, you are faced with a large area with cracked varnish, it is in your best interest to sand the entire piece of furniture before applying a fresh coat of varnish.

Remove any traces of mold

Due to the fact wood naturally sucks up and retains water, it becomes the perfect environment for mold to grow in. Mold on wooden furniture is not only unsightly, but can pose a health risk to allergy sufferers as well. If you had significant water damage in your home, you may want to have a professional mold inspection and assessment done. If the damage is contained to a small area, however, you may be able to address the problem yourself. When attempting to remove mold from wood, remember to wear a protective mask to keep the spores out of your airway. Vacuum the affected area to collect any loose spores before using soap and water to carefully wash the area. If necessary, gently sand the affected area to eradicate any lingering mold, and then refinish it to prevent any mold regrowth.

Get rid of any unsightly stains

Before repurposing your wooden furniture, you need to get rid of any visible stains, especially if you are not planning to paint the wood. Although there are many quality stain removing agents on the market, there are also a number of effective DIY solutions to the problem. Mix together ¼ cup canola oil and ¾ cup white vinegar and gently apply to the stained area with a soft microfiber or cotton cloth. After gently rubbing the affected area for a few minutes, you will notice the stains fade away and the wood regain most of its former sheen. After the stains are adequately removed, you can repurpose the wood as you please before finishing it off with a brand-new coat of varnish.

Once you have taken care of all the nasty blemishes on your wooden furniture, you can proceed to repurpose them as planned. A few old pieces of furniture and a healthy dose of creativity are all you need to transform your old tables and chairs into striking new pieces of furniture and home décor for your downsized home!
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