“At one point, I wasn’t making enough from my full-time job to pay rent, so I realized I could utilize the skills I learned to make some extra income.” He also uses things like beeswax to polish and shine wood, or a mixture of olive oil and vinegar to treat damaged and blemished wood. Google’s Lens tool can pull up photos of similar items from around the internet and show how much other sellers are asking for them. BuzzFeed Goodful Self care and ideas to help you live a healthier, happier life. Pour talcum powder or baking soda over the surface to absorb odors.
Step 1: Vacuum and Clean
One coat is usually all you need to rejuvenate an existing finish. The directions tell you to rub the stick over the defect.
Clean With Mineral Spirits
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In many cases, you can as much as double your storage potential by breaking your furniture down into its smallest form first. If the finish reacted negatively when you tested the mineral spirits on your furniture, don’t push your luck—move on. You’ll likely need to refinish the piece to truly restore it. The furniture you’re selling is used, so no need to pretend it’s in perfect condition.
Samantha is an editor who covers all topics home-related including home improvement and repair. She edited home repair and design content at websites like The Spruce and HomeAdvisor. Pieces from the 1950s and 1960s are generally built from solid wood instead of laminates or particleboard. These materials are usually not worth refinishing, but they can be quite valuable. If you aren’t sure, consider consulting an antique specialist before taking on a refinishing project. Use masking tape to create several X shapes on the front of each of your mirrors. This will keep the glass from shattering if you accidentally bump or drop the mirror.
But even for those who swore they’d never bring low-end furniture in their homes, necessity can be the mother of exception. Any wipe-on finish will work—Minwax Wipe-on Poly is a common brand. But Kevin prefers a wipe-on gel finish like General Finishes Gel Topcoat Wipe On Urethane.
Fernish, a rental furniture subscription service, allows customers to pay month-to-month for items from brands like Crate & Barrel, always with the option to buy outright. The service says it has saved more than 1 million pounds of furniture from landfills. Over the past decade, a number of sustainability-focused companies have entered the market in the hopes of presenting a solution. Doug Greene bought a 200-year-old rowhouse in Philadelphia, but after a gut renovation, decided he didn’t want to fill it with mass-produced furniture. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 59,835 times. For example, draw curved lines on areas that are rounded or soft.