3 DIY Furniture Repair and Restoration Solutions

The New Year is a time for resolutions: go to the gym, read more, plant a garden, fall in love, etc. And while those resolutions are all well and good, this year, let us also resolve to take care of the things that (quite literally) support us: our furniture.

The wobbly dining chair that you’re hesitant to let guests use and even the couch that the cat loves to use as a scratching post all deserve a new lease on life this year–and making the repairs is easier than you think! Orange County is full of beautiful homes, and there’s no reason that the furniture that you fill them with should be of any lesser quality.

Here are 3 quick, easy furniture restoration tips that you can accomplish in anywhere from a few minutes to an entire weekend.

  1. How to cover up scratches on wooden furniture: Rub the scratched area with a walnut and watch in amazement as the scratches disappear. This works on floorboards, chairs, tables, or any other wooden pieces you may have in your house.
  2. How to strip old paint off of furniture:First, apply a chemical paint stripper to your furniture using a natural-bristle brush. To be safe, you’ll want to follow the directions for indoor or outdoor use and wear safety glasses, PVC-coated gloves, and a coated rubber apron when working with chemical paint strippers. Use a plastic or metal scraper to remove the remaining paint. Finally, sweep the newly uncovered areas clean with a soft brass-bristled brush and sand smooth.
  3. How to paint upholstered furniture:¬†After thoroughly cleaning the area to be painted, mix equal parts textile medium and latex or acrylic paint. Then stir in half as much water as you used paint (1 part water to 2 parts paint). The resulting mixture should be thin and resemble a stain more than a paint. Next, spray the area that you want to paint with water, and rub it in. Once the upholstery is wet, use a brush to slowly apply your paint/textile medium/water mixture. The coat should be thin, so don’t be afraid to add a little extra water if necessary, and be sure to blend it as best you can. After the first coat has dried completely, apply a second coat in the same way. Once the second coat has dried, you can apply the third and final coat. For this one, mix your paint 1:1 with the textile medium once again, but only add a tablespoon or two of water to dilute it slightly. Spray the fabric with water as before the first two coats, and paint this final layer more generously. Once dry, the resulting fabric should not feel crunchy or rough, and it should not transfer any paint onto clothing when used.

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