The BEST way to restore old furniture

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If you have some old furniture that you keep hoping to redo at some point, you will want to take a look at these DIY ideas for the best way to restore old furniture. It's amazing the amount of stuff you can accumulate over the years and what better way to give old furniture new life than with a restoration project to do. These DIY ideas for painting and distressing furniture can give the furniture a whole new look. Or maybe you've found something at the thrift store that you want to paint and add to your home. It's so much fun to work on do it yourself home projects that will leave you will unique furniture pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. You might turn an old cabinet that barely cost you anything, sometimes you may even acquire old furniture for free, and you can turn it into something new that you love. You'll have to start by disassembling the furniture, priming it and piecing it back together again, but it's usually worth it in the end. For the full step by step tutorial, you will want to take a look on the Andrea Dekker site.

Maybe the furniture that you are hoping to restore just needs a bit of touching up because they look a little too worn to use. If that is the case, this is an easy DIY idea and project to do that won't take you a lot of time. For this do it yourself home project you will want to start by cleaning the furniture from dust, dirt and debris. Then mix three parts of cooking oil with one part of vinegar in a small bowl. For example, you will need about three tablespoons of oil to one tablespoon of vinegar. Then start by dipping a soft, clean rag into the oil and vinegar solution and then wipe over the furniture, making sure to gently rub the solution in. You don't need to come back and wipe off the solution unless you have too much oil in certain areas. Then you want to let the solution dry for bout 30 minutes) before you use the furniture or before you sit on it. Just a note about this diy idea and project to do, this is a recipe to be used on real wood furniture. This recipe won’t work nearly as well if it even works at all on laminate wood furniture or pressed board. Also, you can use some apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and any cooking oil you have on hand, and a little of the mixture goes a long way.

And you'll want to take a look at the before and after photos, as you can really see the difference this simple and inexpensive recipe makes. The difference isn't huge, but the after photos go to show that the solution makes a big enough difference that the restored furniture looks a little newer, a lot brighter, and a little less worn. And when you think about the cost and the time involved is less than five minutes for the chair it is really worth it. You will want to give this quick and easy DIY idea and do it yourself home project a try and get your old furniture pieces looking like new again.

You will find these tips on a restoration project to do on the Andrea Dekker site. On the site, you will find DIY ideas, projects to do, do it yourself home projects, landscaping, farmhouse ideas, decorating tips, organizing ideas, cleaning tips and so much more. **

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