Emem Tomislava. furniture. February 26th , 2017.
Colour is one of the major trends for indoor furniture in 2016, and this is true for outdoor and garden furniture as well. The earth tones traditionally associated with outdoor decorating, and which most rattan garden furniture presents, are being complemented this year with splashes of colour, mostly through accessories such as cushions.
The 68 inch long Russian table is made in the Catherine II style, topped with matched walnut veneers and with a frame of inlaid ebony. Alternatively, you might choose a 78 inch long Georgian dining table, topped with Circassian walnut and satinwood inlays. The table lies on two mahogany pedestals, intricately turned and resting on reeded sabre legs.
Your teak furniture should be cleaned periodically to remove any dirt or residue from the wood surface. In a bucket, mix Murphys Oil Soap with warm water. Immerse a soft microfiber cloth into the soapy water. Remove the cloth and squeeze out any excess liquid. Gently wipe the wood with your damp cloth. Rinse the furniture with clean clear water. Do not use a power washer, as the force could damage the wood. Once all of the residue has been removed, buff the surface with a dry cloth. Any difficult areas should be scrubbed with a soft brush. Do not use steel wool to remove residue, as the bristles may leave scratches on the wood surface. Keep in mind that it is best to remove residue from the wood as soon as possible. Wipe off stains as they happen. Bird deposits can be particularly damaging and can lead to permanent stains in the wood. You can brighten your teak furniture by applying a brightening product specifically for teak wood. Apply a sealant to the wood each spring to protect the surface from damage caused by the elements.
Today the value of antiques will depend on whether pure gold leaf was used or wax gild, as was common practise to reduce the cost of making a fine piece of furniture. The other popular alternative, gold paint, although simple to apply, produces a rather garish finish and lacks depth. Wax gilts, available at most art shops these days, come in many tones of gold. They are ideal for touching-up damaged of gold leaf and for applying a broken gilt surface over white or coloured paint. They are simple to apply, ensuring that even most unskilful restorer can restore their prize antique piece. Wax guilt can easily be removed with turpentine substitute, so a good idea is to protect it with a covering of clear alcohol-based varnish. Another alternative is liquid leaf, again easy to apply. It can be brushed on, or drawn on with a pen. It is brighter than gold leaf and does not have the same 'antique' finish as wax guilt, hence larger areas may not have the desired effect especially when restoring your antique piece.
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