Sonja Mairenn. furniture. July 10th , 2017.
Again, ethnic inspired furniture, is fashionable. Some of the most stylish furniture is the Moroccan and African inspired furniture. Some of the decorations you can go for to get an ethnic atmosphere are dark weaved wicker or rattan products, items made of bamboo or African drums or Mexican tea sets. If you you dont want to make an investment in accent pieces then you can make them yourself. For example make a picture frame from wood.
Old gold leaf antiques can be cleaned with water containing a few drops of ammonia. New gold leaf can be bought in plain sheets, or in transfers that have a tissue backing. The transfer sheets are much easier to use than the plain sheets. When applying gold leaf to a restored area, make sure that the surface is clean and dry. Paint the base with Japan gold size and leave it to get 'tacky'. Lay the sheets in place, slightly overlapping at the edges; rub them down carefully, following the direction of the overlap, with a clean cotton cloth until the edges blend evenly together. The knack is to lay the sheets on the surface when the size has reached the correct degree of 'tackiness'. If the size is too wet, the leaf crinkles; if it is too dry, the leaf will not stick.
While reupholstering certain pieces of furniture is cheaper than replacing them, not all furniture pieces are worth the effort. So it's advisable that you consider the age and quality of the furniture before deciding to replace the fabric on it. In some situations it would be more logical to replace the furniture piece altogether, instead of reupholstering it. So ask the right questions before you go through with it. What's the age of the furniture? How much longer will the furniture likely last? Would the reupholstering cost as much (or more) as the value of the furniture piece? You may need to do some basic checks on the furniture, to determine the wear and tear, and durability of the piece.
Before you head off to buy a whole new set of furniture, it is a good idea to look through magazines, catalogues, and websites, to collate images and ideas of the products and styles that you like. This exercise will help you to develop your own personal style, and even give you other ideas of how make additions to other rooms.
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