Antique Furniture Repair Tips
Nicole Madison's tips on repairing your antique furniture.
1.) If you are not a handy man, you may want to call a good furniture repair man or woman in your area.
2.) Know that there are many, many different ways to repair your furniture. If you don't feel qualified to attempt the repair, then don't try. You probably will only make it worse.
3.)If you have a minor scratch, you may want to try some scratch cover such as Howards Restore a Finish. It comes in variety of wood grain colors, and does a good job of covering up surface scratches and marks.
3.)If you have a significant mark that is visible, you may want to purchase a furniture marker that is in the exact color of your furniture. If it is a dark piece, you may want to choose a darker marker, as the eye will not pick up the darker color.
4.)If you have a small crack in the wood of your furniture, you can purchase a crayon type marker that most furniture hardware stores sell. You can take the crayon marker and rub back and forth to fill in the small cracks. Then take some four 0000 steel wool to remove the residue that is not filling the cracks.
5.) If you have drawers on your chest , dresser, sideboard, etc., that do not open and close smoothly, a solution believe it or not, is to simply grab a bar of soap, and rub down the drawer bottoms and the interior where the runners are. Your drawers will suddenly feel like new. This has been around for centuries, and has a very lasting effect. The soap has wax in it. You can also use a candle stick.
6.) If you have small nicks and dings in your piece, or small pieces of veneer missing, you would need to use either quick wood, (which is an epoxy that when mixed becomes extremely hard that will stick to anything). For the smaller missing pieces, use a burn in knife with burn in sticks to melt in the exact color to fix the problem. You will also need, burn in balm, to prevent harming the area that you are not repairing. You may also want to consider buying some repair color powders to paint over the repaired area. This is not easily done and takes a lot of experience to do.... (Better in the hand of a pro.)
7.)If you have a piece of furniture that just simply looks dirty, there are many different products such as Oz cream, that when used will bring the piece right back to life. Simply apply and use 4-0000 steel wool. This will require quite a bit of elbow grease. If the piece is really dirty, there is a kit that uses a cleaner , buffer , and shine that will take any grime off of your furniture. This is very time consuming and requires loads of elbow grease. The kit sells for around $60 dollars. Make sure that you don't rub too hard as you do not want to take the finish off.
8.)If you have doors that doors won't open and close smoothly, you will want to determine what kind of catch or device keeps the door shut. On many pieces of furniture, companies used bullet type catches on the top and bottom of the doors on china cabinets. Simply put some 3-in-1 oil in the bullet latches to correct the problem. You may want to update the door latches to a more modern and very good magnetic door catch. They are very easy to install, and are very inexpensive. If the wood is rubbing you might want to get some fine sandpaper, and work on the area until the door works as desired.