If you just can’t let go of that mahogany bedroom furniture set that has been in your family for a third generation now, then don’t. But don’t necessarily keep it looking that old as there are ways to make it come alive in this age while still maintaining its classic qualities and charm. Reviving those old pieces may take just a little bit more of your time and attention, but once you’re done with it, you will be so glad you held on.
You’ll want to begin with repairing the finish, of course. If this furniture has lasted for decades upon decades, it surely must have accumulated scratches and some dented portions. You can eliminate the problem simply by soaking the affected part of the wood with a wet fabric for a number of hours. Then, while leaving the cloth on the furniture, run a steam iron over it with the dent and scratch or scratches underneath. You should continue on until the cloth is heat dried while being careful to keep the iron away from the wood’s finish. That part of the wood should soon swell with the surface leveling out.
Regular care of your solid wood furniture can consist of washing it with a damp cloth. You may use one of those duster sprays but not the one that comes with wax as this could eventually make the wood look dull. Polishing wood furniture will simply need you to research on which furniture polish brand will give your wood the nicest sheen, but those based on lemon oils are widely preferred.
The way you use your heirloom furniture will naturally affect how much longer it lasts, so basic to your plan of care would be to use coasters for both hot and cold drinks and hot pads for anything that just came out of the oven or microwave. Stains from permanent markers, certain glues and cigarette burns are also permanent and should be avoided at all times.
If you want to preserve the wood’s natural look, you can always count on protecting its finish. But if you think you’re ready to give that bedroom set a new look, you can paint each piece with the same tone and make it look more like casual contemporary bedroom furniture.
Surely, this must provide your bedroom with a sense of renewed energy as you give its classic structure a modern twist. Still, repainted furniture will need you to care for it the same way that you would preserve your furniture heirloom’s traditional value.