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									  Many purests in the antique furniture world say
 that furniture restoration can ruin what makes an
  antique piece so special. Refinishing an antique
  wood piece is like taking a Picasso painting and
    3D technology, they'll say. I understand this
    comparison, though I also think 3D Picasso
sounds pretty awesome, but I am not a purest, I'm
    a realist. Sometimes a piece, no matter how
 beautiful it once was, needs to be restored to be
salvaged. And if the choice is between restoration
and the landfill, restoration is the only responsible
thing to do. Here are some tips on how to restore
         an antique piece of wood furniture.

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The Art of Restoration When we talk about restoring antique furniture
what we are really talking about is preservation We want this piece to
last another 100 years, so we need to take every detail of restoration
seriously and cut no corners The first step to any restoration process is
figuring out what kind of condition the piece is in and what improvements
are absolutely necessary If the finish on your piece is still in tact, it may
only need a good cleaning Cleaning Techniques Hopefully your piece is
just suffering from years of dust combined with a waxy coating and the
finish is still salvageable through a good cleaning
 When cleaning an antique piece of furniture you want to use an oil-based
wood cleaner or conditioner These commercial cleaners should cut right
through the dust, dirt, and waxy build-up Do not spray the cleaner
directly on the piece, rather apply it to a soft cloth first then rub it into the
piece Let the cleaner sit for an hour or two then remove it using a
different cloth
 Depending on how dirty the piece is you may have to repeat this process
several times When the piece looks clean, be sure to buff the piece to
remove the excess oil from the cleaner After the piece dries, there may
be a light haze on the finish, you can remove this haze by rubbing steel
wool on the piece Remember to go with the grain and don't use too
much elbow grease, you don't want to strip the finish
 Replacing Missing Parts Replacing parts on an antique piece may be the
biggest hurdle you face when trying to restore it You don't want to
replace an antique part with a brand new piece, other than a noticeable
clash, it takes away from the value and feel of the piece For missing
pieces I do recommend going to a restoration professional A
professional restoration expert will try (if it's possible) to replace the
missing parts with vintage materials to best match the age of the piece
 As much as you might want to do a fully DIY restoration, without the
years of experience or connections to match a piece with antique parts,
you will have trouble getting your piece to where you want it and where it
should be The way a professional will replace a missing piece is quite
interesting actually For example, say your piece is missing an inlay The
professional will take a mold of the missing inlay by using a clay-like
compound around the still existing inlay
 That mold will be filled with plaster, when that plaster dries, they will
send it to a high-quality woodworker to make the replacement inlay out of
a similar wood as your piece Some things you want to do yourself,
unless you happen to be a high-quality woodworker, I suggest you let the
professionals handle this part of restoration Continued Care Restoration
doesn't stop once your restore folder piece is back to the quality it once
was Restoration is worthless unless you continue to care for and
appreciate your piece of antique furniture
 Use the cleaning methods we discussed earlier to keep the piece in the
quality you've gotten it to The biggest danger to antique furniture is not
misuse or children; it's neglect Just like an old car needs regularly
scheduled tune-ups, an old piece of furniture needs the same regular
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