How to Bring Back the Life in Wooden Furniture

Time for another post!  Well, this week I have been working on a new piece and I used the handy Furniture Bible to determine how to bring this antique dining room set back to life.  Recently, I was given this set from my mother’s friend and It was her parents’ originally.  Overall, it was in relatively good condition; however it was dinge and dull, so it needed a face lift.  The chairs (see the picture) had a lot of detail, so I knew that stripping this piece was out of the question as the details could too easily get damaged.  There were some imperfections in color and finish, so I couldn’t leave the piece as it was.  SO, WHAT TO DO?



Well, I flipped through the book and found this relatively easy recommendation.  I will bring you up to speed as to where I am at right now and will update you as I go – since I still have some additional work to complete.

  • Supplies – Tung Oil, Turpentine, Rags, and two glass or ceramic bowls
  1. Mix one part turpentine with 2-3 parts Tung oil.  In a second bowl, fill it 1/3 of the way up with warm water (not hot) and place the turpentine and Tung oil mixture on top of it.
  2. Place your rag in the mixture and start to wipe/rub down your piece.  You will want to follow your work with a dry rug to clean/dry the piece as you go.  I have had to do this process 1-2 times on this piece.  I still need to go back and complete this 1 more time on a few chairs and the top of the table.  Once you get one piece clean, you will see what “clean” looks like and know what I am talking about!
  3. Once you have completed this process, let the piece dry overnight.  At this point, the piece will look cleaner and the wood grains will definitely show more clearly.

Stay tuned for the next steps to complete your piece…

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