How To Rehab An Old Armchair You Brought At Auction

Posted on: 30 November 2017

One of the best things about buying furniture from an auction is that you can get some really great deals. The one thing that you do have to be aware of, however, is that sometimes the furniture will need some work. You will find items that might need a bit of fixing up, but that should not dissuade you from buying the items. They can be an incredible deal and you could end up with an antique piece of furniture that will end up being a beautiful attraction to your home. So, if you do end up buying a beautiful old armchair, here are some things you can do to rehab it.

Refinish The Wood

If the wood has been painted, or it's stained and faded, you will want to return the wood to its former glory. This will involve stripping the paint or stain. You can get a paint on paint and stain stripper. The thick paste can be painted onto the chairs wooden sections and then removed with a soft brush and rags. Then clean the wood with mineral oil. When it is dry, you can oil the wood using a natural wood oil, or else apply a new stain.

Tighten Up The Joints

The next thing you will want to do is look at the joints. If the chair is old and it was held together originally with wood glue and dowels, you will want to take the chair apart and reset everything using new glue. First you will want to loosen all the wood joints and then sand down the old dried glue. Next, apply new wood glue and reattach the pieces and then tighten everything using vices and soft clothes to protect the wood from scratches.

Hire an Upholstery Service For The Final Finish

The final thing you will want to do to make sure your armchair looks amazing is to get cushion and padding fixed. This is done by contacting a professional upholster service that will be able to remove the old cushions and padding and fix the chair to make it look brand new. The important thing about choosing an upholstery service is that you want one that will know how to make something that looks great and is also authentic. This is important when you are dealing with antique arm chairs. You don't want to just add a new, modern looking cushion and padding and fabric. You want an upholstery service that can match the look of a classic design.

Contact a company like Tri-County Furniture Restoration to learn more about upholstery options.