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Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 | 4 comments

Caring for Antique and Vintage Furniture and Accessories

Caring for Antique and Vintage Furniture and Accessories

As I get older, I find I’m phasing out some of my cheaper furniture for nicer vintage or antique pieces with more character. I’d like to make sure my investments last a long time so for some tried and true cleaning and care tips, I sat down with our local antique and vintage experts at Potomac West Antiques and Interiors. They shared the following tips which they use on pieces that come in the shop and on their personal pieces at home. Restoring/Repairing Furniture For scratches, small nicks, uneven coloring or surface damage, use #0000 Super Fine steel wool with Howard Restor-A-Finish and wipe it down. Follow the instructions on the Restor-A-Finish packaging carefully and make sure to wear rubber gloves. Don’t let the product sit on the wood for too long (about 5-10 minutes) before wiping the excess off. For bubbled veneer, place a damp cloth over bubbled area and apply a hot iron over cloth for few seconds. Cleaning Furniture Use the following mixture to clean finished and...

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Don’t Draw on the Couch! How to Erase (or Embrace) Your Kids’ Graffiti

Don’t Draw on the Couch! How to Erase (or Embrace) Your Kids’ Graffiti

When my brother and I were little, we snuck and drew all over the underside of my parents’ marble coffee table. We never got busted. I wish my children were more surreptitious, especially my youngest. She scribbles on furniture (and herself) with total abandon and even goes so far as to blame it on the dog. My friend and Del Ray neighbor, Dana, often expresses her desperation on social media about her children’s latest scribbling “masterpieces.” She has become an unwitting expert of sorts on how to clean up “graffiti scrawls,” as she puts it. Dana has four young children, each of whom is bright, exuberant, creative, and has at one time or another drawn on the furniture and walls. Josephine, one of the middle twins, decorated her big sister Esme’s bed with curlicues. She also wrote her name in red in the hallway. Tobias, the youngest, scribbled with Sharpie on the white couch. But those marks have dulled over time. Or, as Dana says ruefully, “perhaps it’s all...

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