A distressed and antiqued piece of furniture can add a unique charm to any room. While some would have you believe cleaning up and reestablishing an antique furniture piece or family heirloom piece of furniture is likely going to cause a severe loss in monetary value, the reality is almost every worn and destabilized piece of fine or antique furniture is enhanced in value by being lovingly restored by the experts at Graybar Furniture Works.
Veser’s Antique Woods offers furniture, tables and counters combining and antique and modern styles and materials to obtain each time a breathtaking creation. Additionally the use of a high heat gun is currently not compliant with EPA RRP law because it vaporizes lead paint. Our wood & timbers come from a variety of different sources including: 18th & 19th century barns, homes, and factories dating back to the industrial revolution. With the older pieces of antique furniture, it is always better to leave everything alone if retaining value is an important issue in your family.
We strive for excellence in the provision of reclaimed lumber building materials to help our customers to obtain and install the finest antique wood flooring and panelling available. We will work with you to provide you the best quote possible to completely finish your project and have it ready for installation. The fact is, unless the original finish of a piece of furniture was an oil finish, then oil has no place on a piece of furniture.
Or, the simulated wood product that comes out of the mold is used on the antique furniture where it is needed. I started out working with an antique dealer, he provided me with lots of items he had bought that turned out to need too much work for his restorer to leave a profit. The wood is hard and pale in colour, but darkens to a rich brown with age and polishing. The preferred method of maintaining a varnished finish is a coat of high quality paste wax. Antique Chestnut may be a dark wood flooring in cocoa colors or may have a lighter tone with rich light brown hues.
If an item is only for display and will not be exposed to any normal every day ware and tare, preserving the original finish would be the best choice. Until Victorian times, shellac was the only clear surface finish; lacquer and varnish were not developed until the mid-1800s. The age factor is subjective: general antique stores label objects 50 years or older as antiques.
Our recylced lumber, timber, beam, mantel, and other reclaimed wood products are available as is” with all the original character or can be re-manufactured with a sawn, hand hewn, sanded, or surfaced appearance to your specifications, including products milled free of character marks. Often times a customer has a furniture piece with complex exotic wood inlay work de-laminating from a table top or drawer front that seems hopeless until it is restored to ‘better than remembered’ condition by the Graybar team. Most furniture finishers develop an intuitive understanding of the materials they use.
They have a huge selection of antique barn wood, mantels, barn doors and they even have hardwares, pulleys and other antiques. Remember, if you use wax you must completely sand back to bare wood before you can recoat. Located just west of Toledo Ohio, we are considered to be in a prime location for all types of reclaimed wood including; hand hewn beams, mantle pieces, reclaimed flooring, and rustic barn siding. Use a 1” wash brush to paint large letters or a ½” angled shader for smaller letters. The third type of wood is of neither the hardwood or softwood families, and that’s because it is manmade.
Many of our reclaimed antique wood species have grain patterns and patina that are unavailable in their modern equivalents. The problem in decision making and furniture care occurs when we apply the wrong expectations and limitations to the wrong circumstance. Graybar master craftsmen and master craftswomen can build an exact replica of the original dresser in every detail including wood, antique woodworking construction techniques like handmade dovetail joinery, even hand cut nails and screws! To bring texture to your mantel design, add strips of distressed wood in varying tones.
Wood exposed to strong sunlight can dry out and crack, rapidly accelerating the disintegration of a wooden toy It might not be the best idea to put that beautiful wooden ship grandpa passed down in pride of place in the window if it’s going to be basking in the sun day in day out. The result should be some areas of the wood appearing worn and old, without looking fake or dark. You want to build up a good finish with wax, one that will seal and protect the wood underneath.
Loose joints on a chair or table can lead to catastrophic failure and many times this results in a piece of otherwise fine furniture being hidden away so that it cannot be used in the common living spaces of a home where the piece belongs but it will continue to deteriorate just the same. Then again, sometimes it can be a relief to own a piece that isn’t in its original condition, Karen says, because you need not worry about what happens to it. Karen, who has two teenage sons, has a Victorian drop-leaf dining table in her kitchen that was stripped of its original finish.
What it needs is protection from too much or too little atmospheric moisture, accomplished by a surface finish. When using this, I also used a good respirator, goggles, rubber gloves, window fan, and kept a mister handy spraying the area to keep down the lead paint dust floating in the air. Some of the most breathtaking work we do at Graybar Furniture Works is rebuilding fire or water damaged furniture pieces.
Our reclaimed wood and antiques are salvaged from the structures we tear down and repurposed into new custom designs for you to love. This technique is frequently enhanced by burnishing the freshly oiled surface with heated pads, which serve to simultaneously accelerate the polymerization and to polish the surface yielding a relatively durable finish of high gloss.
Recently furniture conservation staff at SCMRE received two patents for furniture polishes developed here, combining to provide the most stable and highest performing furniture polishes thus far. Sometimes this can be as easy as touching up the affected area with a small brush and some varnish or paint. Reclaimed wood flooring from a warehouse will retain the original scrapes and scratches even after sanding.
Use a cotton ball saturated with bleach or nail polish remover (acetone), gently rub the stain for up to two minutes. No amount of oil will keep wood from drying out when the relative humidity is below 30 percent. If you do not use wax you can easily repair the finish with more penetrating sealer coats or a renovator. The reproduction furniture piece is an exact match EXCEPT that it is built to the exact specifications required by the proud owner.
After this, I would wash the wood with Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), rinse with cool water, and then rinse with a vinegar and water solution (this will neutralize any chemicals remaining). I?m thinking that this is the type of furniture I would want to work on, once I?ve determined that it was not a piece of furniture that a museum curator would interested in. I?m guessing that I would want to at least be able to determine if a piece of furniture was suspect in being a historically important, or a valuable antique (or both).