Doubravka Tamara. furniture. September 01st , 2017.
Wood veneers can be difficult to match. It is possible to buy new veneer strips, but they are generally thinner than the old hand-sawn veneers and do not always match in colour. It often pays to go to an auction to look for a broken oddment of furniture that has suitable veneers. To remove a veneer from its backing, first clean off any old polish with white spirit and carefully clean the varnish or wax. Place a damp cloth over the cleaned strip and press with a fairly hot iron. Keep the cloth damp. This melts the Scotch glue holding down the veneer, which can then be peeled off. The same technique is used to raise small areas on the antique piece, but use a soldering iron instead of an iron. Wipe all traces of glue while it is still warm. Dampen the veneer and flatten it between two pieces of wood for about 24 hours before use. Do not let it dry completely, for veneers must be re-laid while still damp and pliable. The replacement veneer should be slightly thicker than the existing one, to allow for sanding. Stick the new strip down with Scotch glue and apply a weight or clamp until the glue has completely set. Wax and polish to match the existing finish.
Oversized mirrored furniture, with or without design can often look tired or bored. Adding a mirror to the surface often changes the look and feel of furniture, and it looks interesting. Furniture can have a mirror in your bedroom with an untouched beauty of sunlight that reflects on the surface. They also have the remarkable quality and your room appears larger than the actual size. You can see the addition of decorative objects in the room, in addition to the mirrored surfaces; it increases the attraction and home decor.
Finding suitable replacement materials for inlay and boulle antiques is an even greater problem. They tend to use more complex and varied materials. Antique and second-hand shops often have boxes containing suitable oddments and it is worth searching through them to find matching pieces. As a last resort, missing pieces of inlay can be built up with synthetic resins or wax, coloured to match. If boulle has lifted seriously or is bent, leave the repair to an expert restorer; but if the lifting is only slight, carefully remove the section and scrape clean all the dirt. Stick with an epoxy resin adhesive and weight it down until the glue has dried.
Chief among the colours proving to be trendy this summer are blue tones such as teal and aqua blue, which are thought to give an outdoor area a warm, inviting feel. Complementing a brown or grey rattan outdoor furniture set with blue or teal cushions will instantly draw the eye to that area of a garden or patio, thereby ensuring both items stand out and are duly appreciated.
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