Antique restoration explained

By Ava Brown, December 22, 2015

Both professional and amateur antique lovers love getting their hands on a piece of antique furniture that simply screams to be restored. Many people aren’t aware of this fact, but antiques do look better with all of their cracks and imperfections left untouched – that is a huge part of their uniqueness and beauty. However, there are exceptions in everything. So once in a while, some pieces of furniture really need to be cleaned and repaired before you allow yourself to present them as a part of your home décor or before you place them for an auction or sale.


The old glory can be restored in a number of different ways and here are the most interesting and useful tips we have chosen for you from the world of antique restorations:

Before you start with any kind of repair, you must clean the antique furniture. This is probably the easiest part, but the amount of work that needs to be done depends on the amount of residual wax that the item has on it. Usually, warm water and a mild soap do just fine. You will also need a big sponge and a dry towel. Rub the soaked sponge over the wood surface and do not be afraid to use more strength if needed. Once you make sure the dust that has been trapped from the wax is all gone, use the dry towel to remove the remaining soap and water. After you have done all of this, take a good look at the furniture and try to find all of its cracks and holes. Some of the cracks (if they look like long narrow lines) can be fixed by simply adding coloured wax to the spot, while others require wood filler.

There is a very innovative and fun way to get rid of scratches. It is natural and eco-friendly too! All you need to do is mix some lemon juice with vegetable oil and rub the mixture over the scratches. After you have managed to somewhat synchronize the spot where the scratch was and the surrounding area, rub some almonds or Brazilian nuts over the same damaged area. The wood-like coloured nutmeat will fill and conceal the scratch furthermore. If your antique item is quite dark, use coffee beans instead of nuts.

The last part is the paint. The most important tip is not to get carried away and paint the item in a completely different colour from the original. In fact, experts say that it should be the exact same one, if possible, or the closest you can get. Another common issue with antique restorations is not being patient enough while applying the paint. If you are done with painting the whole piece and there are still some parts you do not like, wait until the following day so that the paint dries. You might discover that the light and the fresh paint have been playing tricks on you. If not, repainting it after it has dried will make a hundred times better solution than reapplying a new coat of paint right after you have painted the item once.