An ever-increasing informed amount of people are looking to give a different more sustainable improvement to their furniture, without having to pay a large sum for enhanced bespoke work. Old, styled constructed furniture creates a sense of warmth in a room, by expressing a contemporary link with a Victorian or Georgian past.
The art of recycling is to create a unique look that appears like it was possibly fifty years gone by. If you get it wrong it can truly look distressed and look basically ruined. It is a real skill to paint whilst ensuring the continuity of times gone by.
The appearance of elegance through bygone times, can be realised by creating scratches and dents in the surface of the wood (being careful not to damage your piece of furniture though). After the scratches and dents are added they can be smoothed in with wood stain, which enhances the overall aged look.
For a polished finish, up to four coats of paint must be applied and the kind of paint you use is also fundamental to the final finish. When the paint has totally dried, we can then apply fine-grain sandpaper to softly thin the topcoat so the second colour of paint slowly shows through.
In principle it sounds easy, yet it is the most skillful part of any makeover. The core aim is to make your furniture look as if the paint has been aged over time. If it is not done properly it’ll make the furniture look damaged or neglected. That’s why a lot of people do like to purchase furniture with the old distressed look already done or even to get this work done for them.
This leaves the not so easy work to others, saving you time and by avoiding the worst outcomes, it could save you cash to.
Do you take olden furniture to the town landfill site?
Recycling old wooden furniture preserves forests and habitats. Deforestation is becoming a big global issue, so it’s important for everyone to think about what is already available out there before buying new.
You may own some old furniture that is past its best. Consider recycling and restyling! Old furniture can look so different with a bit of professional know how and creativity.
New furniture might look sleek and polished, but it simply does not have the strength and durability of traditional crafted pieces. Ever noticed how old furniture seems to last much longer.
That is because furniture from the past was not mass-produced in the way much of it is today, it copes with the wear and tear of daily life. Contemporary furniture does not.
So it’s not only saving habitat, you can actually end up with a far higher quality piece of furniture as well!
Do you still possess any furniture that your or even grandparents bought and handed down to you? If you do, you’ll see the difference. Those old wardrobes and Chest of drawers might still look fine, even though they have faded a bit, they still serve their main purpose. Basic repairs are easy to achieve. So why pay so much for new furniture when it’s not as sturdy and hence will not last as long?
Much of our old furniture was not made by machines like it is these days. Modern hand painted designs work best using originally hand carved pieces incorporating strength and a refined look. Hand crafted furniture just looks so much better than modern furniture that has been made by machines.
So let’s forget about the new, bring in the old! Hand-painted furniture is the modern trend going on these days. It has something to do with the feeling that you get from a genuinely hand painted finish that has been a labor of love.