Office Furniture Restoration - Basic Tips You Want to Know
Over time, your office furniture is subjected to a lot of physical abuse. How many times have you accidentally spilled your hot chocolate on your desk or slammed your drawers due to stress or frustration? If you're not yet decided to get a brand-new set, you can just restore them back to their former glory, to be scratch and abused again until you make up your mind and finally get new ones.
Refinishing is a practical way to give a new look to your old furniture. You can do this on your own with the help of some tools that we will be discussing later on. So don't waste your money on a new set of furniture, if you can restore your old ones. You can make them look good as new. Just stick around, and I will give you some basic steps on restoring and refinishing your used and abused office furniture.
Refinishing basically starts with performing necessary repairs, then sanding the repaired pieces and finally refinishing them with varnish or other finish same with the old ones used on your furniture.
As the first step in restoration, let's break down the process bit by bit. Loose parts should be re-glued together or, much better, fastened with nails, but be careful doing this. We don't want the wood to crack, so use just the appropriate size of nails. Broken or cracked pieces should be replaced.
Consider replacing the old drawer pulls if necessary. This is to give your old drawer a fresh look, like what you will do in the next steps in restoring the furniture.
After the broken and loose pieces are secured and re-glued together, it's now time to sand the pieces. This process is required to strip off the old paint, varnish or other finishing materials used on your furniture. But before sanding the pieces of your office furniture, make sure to conceal the deep scratches, dents or cracks with wood filler that matches the color of the furniture. Once dried, you can now start sanding the pieces. You can do this manually or with the help of an electric hand sander. You must use only fine-grade sandpaper to remove the old finish.
To complete the process of restoration, you have to choose the stain color that will correspond to the existing color of your furniture. It's better to apply two thin coats of stain than applying one heavy coat of stain. Just make sure you let the furniture dry first before applying a second coat. As a final coating, you can either use polyurethane or tung oil to be the protective covering for the furniture. Let the pieces dry for at least 48 hours.
For metal office furniture
They are also subjected to scratches and dents so better pay attention to the abused surfaces. To prepare the metal furniture for repainting, you should perform the sanding process to remove the old paint and rusted surface. After sanding, apply the primer coat intended for metal and let it dry overnight. Lastly, apply two coats of enamel paint and let it dry.
Last few words
Restoring your old furniture is best done on a free weekend. This will provide you plenty of time to sand and repair your furniture, which is also the best time for the fumes to disperse and the pieces to dry totally.
Replacement is not always the solution for used and abused office furniture. Often times, the furniture retains the original shape. Maybe some loose ends or faded finish is your only problem. Refinishing your old set of office furniture will not be as hard as you think; just a little effort is required to bring your beloved furniture back to life.