Kerri Vargas. Furniture. December 10th , 2017.
The same hot iron and gluing method is used in repairing marquetry. Lay a piece of paper over the missing section and rub with a soft pencil to get an outline of the area. Cut the paper to the pattern and stick it to the replacement piece of wood. Cut the wood slightly larger than the pattern and rub down with glass-paper until the exact fit can be obtained. Stick it into place with cold wood glue. On many antique furniture pieces the marquetry tends to lift through age and using the warm iron technique will heat the glue and the raised piece can be gently pressed down back into position. If dust has been trapped under the lifted section, it should be removed, cleaned and re-stuck into position.
The good news is, as far as naturally sourced materials are concerned, rattan is one of the safest from an environmental standpoint. While the palm tree the material is derived from is geographically limited in location, rattan itself is easily renewable, and the impact its sourcing has in the environment can be considered negligible.
Is Rattan Furniture Eco-Friendly?: As has hopefully become apparent in the previous few paragraphs, the answer to the question ‘is rattan furniture eco-friendly?’ can only be a definite ‘yes.’ Environmental soundness is only one more trait to add to the ever-expanding list of reasons which make rattan garden furniture such a favourite among western home-owners.
A simple way to improve antique pieces of furniture, such as a chest of drawers, is to fit new handles. The Victorians had a habit of replacing metal handles with round wooden knobs, often leaving the marks of the former back-plates showing. Sets of old handles can be picked up cheaply from antique and second-hand shops but make sure that the back-plates are large enough to cover any existing indentations.
Your budget: This is a very important factor. If you choose to just rush into buying furniture that you cannot afford, you will end up with a heavy debt on your back and the furniture pieces will end up being a source of pain instead of a source of joy. It is very important that you be honest with yourself on the amount of money that you can comfortably spend on furniture without getting yourself into debt. This does not mean that you should forego your dream; fir instance if you are looking to buy the ion design furniture, do not switch to a different design, simply take the time to shop around until you find a store that will sell you the furniture at an affordable price. Quality is another point to consider. Just because furniture is priced right doesn't mean it will stand the test of time. Many of the furniture Stores sell furniture at terrific prices, but the quality is not all it should be and once in your home, if you have an active family, you may find the furniture quickly falls apart.
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