furniture. Tuesday , October 31st , 2017 - 04:05:06 AM
Even your child's room can be turned into a celebrity imitation with affordable kids' beds. You can start with a plain, basic piece of wood and carve out a headboard in any shape, then paint it gold or silver to shine over your child's head. Use splashes of bright color to create the room of a rock star or soft pastels and fluffy pillows to imitate your daughter's favorite pop singer's room.
By avoiding stripping off the old finish, and touching up and restoring damages to the finish, the furniture retains the patina it has acquired over the years. The term "patina" encompasses various age and environmentally-related influences upon furniture. Light, especially sunlight, and even dim incandescent bulbs in a sunless elevator will bleach the color of the wood over the years, and reduce the contrast of the wood grain. Light bleaching makes the grain appear more homogeneous in color, with less range between the light and dark colors in the wood, and especially fades red colors, and lightens all the colors in the wood. Oxidation of the finish reduces the clarity of the finish, making it appear murkier and eventually darker, semi-opaque, or even black and alligatored, to make the furniture look as if it was in a fire. If one was a purist and always preferring conservation, then the advanced deterioration of an old finish should be treasured, and to some it is. But visiting any upscale antique show, one will rarely find a piece with dark, severe oxidation of a French polished shellac finish. Antique dealers would not admit it, but they will generally skin a severely oxidized furniture finish they find because too few prospective clients will value furniture in that blackened condition unless it is medieval or from the Renaissance period.
So you could say that the Amish lifestyle actually predisposes these communities to traditional arts such as furniture making. The fact that many of the Amish still make their furniture in the way that they did a century ago is a testament to this.
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