Inspired by restoration videos and TV programmes like “The Repair Shop”, many people are now taking on what are being called “extreme” DIY projects, which require a great deal of skill, and one such project growing in popularity is restoring antiques and collectables.
The Repair Shop team are expert restorers who resurrect items that, at first glance, look unrepairable. They often make complex restoration projects appear easy to do, but most of the projects require high levels of skill.
Many people are spending much more time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions. A recent survey of over 1,500 people found that 35% are doing home improvements, including attempting to restore their antique furniture.
Michelle Slatalla, writing for the Mansion Global website, said that after being prompted by a YouTube restoration video, she used extra-fine steel wool and spirits to clean her wooden antique secretary desk. After the solution had dried overnight, she discovered that the surface was uneven, with some areas looking bleached and others were black with dirt.
Slatalla consulted a furniture restoration expert who advised her that, fortunately, solid wood is forgiving, and a botched job like hers could be rescued and the furniture restored to a near new condition.
The antique desks, wardrobes, coffee tables and other wooden furniture sold by Lancashire antique dealers will generally be in good condition, but if some restoration or repairs are required, it’s best to leave it to the experts. Antique dealers can be consulted for recommendations.
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