Audra Odom. Furniture. August 16th , 2017.
Synthetic Rattan Furniture: Synthetic materials are usually regarded with suspicion when it comes to environmental sustainability, even when, as with rattan furniture, this is one of the main selling points employed by manufacturers and retailers.
If your a do-it-your-selfer you can find websites that help you create a special piece for your home. In this way you save some money and you get a sense of accomplishment for having created the item yourself. Keep in mind that you may want to start with something small such as a lamp or other accessory. I have seen bigger projects that look very interesting and a bit challenging so make sure you don't get in over your head and waste money on materials you won't use.
No special skills are required to repair general damage or wear to these kinds of antique furniture pieces, but the work requires extreme care and patience in tracking down suitable replacement materials.
Wood veneers can be difficult to match. It is possible to buy new veneer strips, but they are generally thinner than the old hand-sawn veneers and do not always match in colour. It often pays to go to an auction to look for a broken oddment of furniture that has suitable veneers. To remove a veneer from its backing, first clean off any old polish with white spirit and carefully clean the varnish or wax. Place a damp cloth over the cleaned strip and press with a fairly hot iron. Keep the cloth damp. This melts the Scotch glue holding down the veneer, which can then be peeled off. The same technique is used to raise small areas on the antique piece, but use a soldering iron instead of an iron. Wipe all traces of glue while it is still warm. Dampen the veneer and flatten it between two pieces of wood for about 24 hours before use. Do not let it dry completely, for veneers must be re-laid while still damp and pliable. The replacement veneer should be slightly thicker than the existing one, to allow for sanding. Stick the new strip down with Scotch glue and apply a weight or clamp until the glue has completely set. Wax and polish to match the existing finish.
Packing: Good packing can ensure that the furniture will be as beautiful as it was when it was stored. As a first step, you can disassemble beds and tables before storing. You can apply a coat of wax to protect its sheen. All the screws, bolts, and nuts should be placed in a clear plastic bag and tied to the bed frame. A quilt can be wrapped around tabletops and headboards to prevent denting and scratching.
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