Restoring Old Furniture
There is no doubt about the fact that an armoire is an excellent furniture piece used as a wardrobe. These are elegantly shaped and carved, therefore they are considered to be exclusive splurges when it comes to furniture shopping. Commonly made from polished mahogany, an armoire is capable of instantly transforming any room into a visual delight with its presence. There are so many different finishes and designs to choose from that you can be sure to find something that suits your taste when you are going furniture hunting!
An armoire or any other type of French furniture makes extremely worthwhile investments because they add beauty and depth to a room while being highly durable. Thus, with proper maintenance, this type of furniture is capable of lasting for years on end. Just like you put a vinyl table cloth on your French table before you eat to protect it, there are several things which can be used and done to protect your armoire such as keeping it away from doors as so it won't get bashed when you enter the room and adding felt to the feet to stop it scrapping along the floor. However, if you feel that your armoire does not look as good as it used to look before then you should get it restored. For this purpose, you can hire furniture restorers or you can conduct the repairs or restoration procedures by yourself.
One of the most effective ways of restoring an armoire without the services of restorers would be to strip off the old finish and to apply a new coat by yourself before sealing everything together. First off, you simply need to use a chemical stripper on the old finish of the armoire. You need to give it some time so that the old finish can start peeling off. You can also use a putty knife to assist you in peeling off. You will notice that there are some small spots of the old finish left in the hard-to-reach corners. You can use a sandpaper to speed up the process, by sanding away the remaining spots. Then, use a small kitchen towel in order to wipe the stripped off armoire clean.
Now that you have your canvas ready, you can apply a coat of stain to it and let it dry before painting on several more coats for an even and darker finish. Last but not least, you can apply a thin coat of polyurethane to the armoire as a 'top coat' for sealing in the freshly-applied finish and ensuring that it is well protected from moisture and dirt. One can also use the polishing technique in order to create a high gloss surface on your French furniture. In case of furniture constructed from highly figured wood, the technique of polishing would be ideal!