How To Restore Retro Style Furniture

Wondering how to restore retro style furniture? You have found a piece of retro furniture that you just love and want to restore it to its original condition. By having a few tools and materials available, you can easily master some the tricks that professional restorers use to bring furniture back to life and save money while doing it! Preserve the functionality and style of your piece by taking the following steps.

In order to restore retro furniture, you will need:

  • Piece of retro furniture
  • Sander
  • Soft, dry cloth
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  1. If your furniture make of wood, you need to remove the build-up over years of dirt, grease and polish. Sanding materials work best and you can tackle this step by hand or with a professional grade sander. Sanders are available for rent at home improvement and equipment stores.
  2. Remove the build-up using soft sandpaper going back and forth with the grain of the wood until you reach the varnish. Once you reach the varnish, change the sandpaper to medium or course based upon the thickness of the layer of varnish. Varnish is difficult to remove, so take your time and continue working with the grain of the wood. Wipe off the dust frequently with a dry, soft cloth.
  3. Once you have removed the varnish, you are now ready to re-finish your piece as you wish using paint or fresh varnish. If painting, coat your piece with paint primer before adding the paint itself. The primer coat will allow the paint to go on much smoother.
  4. If you are reupholstering, which usually applies to chair restoration, measure the area you wish to reupholster and choose your new fabric from a fabric store. Buy a little more than required to ensure you have enough, if necessary. Remove the old fabric from the shape of the cushioning and adhere the new fabric with a glue or staple gun if you are not skilled with a needle and thread.
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