Jyotsna Nitika. furniture. March 01st , 2017.
The dining room is a diverse area. Part family dinner, part homework station, and part guest impressing, your dining room table serves many functions in your home. Overall though, the dining room set you have is probably meant to seat at least four people, possibly more, and works as a grand way to eat, drink and be merry. If your living room furniture acts as the center for drinks, appetizers and mingling, your dining room furniture is the statement maker as the main course. Therefore, you are investing not only in a piece of furniture, but in an object that reflects your style and comfort.
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.
Within time, any type of fabric will experience wear, tear, and holes. A few scrapes and pinholes aren't signs of major damage, so you could probably tolerate your chairs and sofas having such minor imperfections. But eventually it will become too worn to fix by mending it. That's when you should consider reupholstering the furniture. Since the process isn't an exact science, you'll need to determine when either the form or function of the fabric warrants its being replaced.
Home-owners should take care, however, to ensure the cushions they buy to match to their rattan outdoor furniture set do not clash with the rest of the items, at the risk of the effect produced being the opposite of the one they were looking to obtain. Cushions in colours which clash with that of the rattan, for example, might make the set look haphazard and unappealing; similarly, elaborate patterns may not match well with the already intricately woven wickerwork present in most sets, creating a visually unappealing hodgepodge rather than the smooth, inviting, homely seating area the garden-owner might have been hoping for.
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