Five Tips for Restoring and Reusing Old and Damaged Furniture

Five Tips for Restoring and Reusing Old and Damaged Furniture
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    Adaptive reuse is a term used today to describe the process of reusing an old asset for some purpose other than that for which it was originally designed.

    Adaptive reuse is perfect way to describe the creative means of re-purposing old and damaged furniture to squeeze some extra functional life out of it.

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Restoring and reusing old and damaged furniture is not just a good way to economize on household expenses. For many, it is a rewarding and satisfying hobby. What follows are five creative tips that anyone can take advantage of if they want to restore and reuse some old or damaged pieces of furniture.

Restoration vs Facadism

Furniture restoration is a growing trend that gained additional momentum when the global economy cooled. Today’s modern furniture manufactured from composite materials and plastic is less-than-ideal for restoration projects as compared to vintage furniture constructed of solid wood. This does not mean that composite furniture is not eligible for a second life. If structurally sound, one can restore certain reuse it by applying some new kind of surface material or facade to create a new look. To do this, the crafty restoration artist simply glues fabric or wallpaper remnants to the pieces to give them a new look.

Restoring Solid Wood Furniture

Real wood furniture constructed from solid pieces of lumber is highly desirable no matter the condition. If the functionality of a Ottawa wooden furniture piece as originally designed remains intact, then restoration is called for. One can do it themselves by reading up on books available in the library or for sale at home improvement chain stores. Certain pieces gain substantial value when restored and such gems ought to be restored by trained professionals.

Reusing Vintage Furniture

Some older pieces of furniture are made from the most marvelous materials, but unfortunately, their original designs make them functionally obsolete. In such cases one needs to be creative in finding new ways to repurpose them. With the right kind of inspiration, one can transform an old piece into something utterly different and at the same time beautiful. An example of this is that old oak desk that has been converted into a flat screen TV media and entertainment center.

Sideboard Cocktail Bar

Many times perfectly serviceable pieces of furniture end up at the Goodwill or landfill although they still have several years of good use remaining. Few people have the time to throw formal dinner parties these days. When it was fashionable, folks used a traditional waist-high sideboard cabinet to store their fancy flatware. A dearth of dinner parties is not a reason to discard the sideboard. When raised up in the vicinity of twelve inches, the once stodgy sideboard can find new life as a home cocktail bar.

Don’t Stress, Distress

There is a critical distinction to be made between damaged and distressed furniture. Damaged furniture is beyond repair and must be discarded. Distressed furniture has cosmetic flaws which in the eyes of some actually add character to a piece. The look and appeal of some pieces of used furniture are actually enhanced when further distressed by a restoration artist. This can be accomplished by applying a wire brush rotated in a power drill. A truly whimsical surface effect can be created on larger pieces of wooden furniture by gluing pieces of artificially aged sheet music decoupage style to them before applying a thick, clear surface coat of a finish.

Old and damaged furniture doesn’t have to be discarded. Making good use of it involves minimizing imperfections in terms of appearance and remediation in terms of outdated functional obsolescence. The art of creative furniture restoration provides ample opportunity for expressing one’s creative abilities while enhancing the value and functionality of these older and damaged pieces.

Informational Credit to The New Oak Tree

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