Turn of the century furniture construction techniques, while often clever, were not extremely sophisticated, making furniture repair easier than you might think.
Even when advice is easy to come by, it's not always the best. Which is why Furniture Detective Fred Taylor, in his most recent column, offers valuable insight on how to spot good advice.
Sooner or later, most of us who hang out with antiques get the urge to do a little repair here or a touch up there – nothing major. But one thing usually leads to another and before we know it, we are in over our heads. Then we need the help...
Although many products associated with furniture care and restoration recommend steel wool in their instructions you should avoid using steel wool on antique furniture. In the furniture trade, steel wool’s use is limited to producing results after a finish has been applied, not before and never during.
There are lots of things you can do with your newly acquired family treasure of an older or antique piece of furniture. If it needs more than just cleaning, try these three tips to avoid stripping the piece entirely.
Furniture Detective: Here are a few quick fixes that will improve the look of your antique furniture for the holidays without investing a week or a fortune.