You've had your favorite piece of wood furniture for years. Its served you well, through thick and then. But you've noticed that over the years, dust buildup and frequent use has the caused the piece to lose its luster. If you don't have knowledge of woodworking, polishing your old piece of furniture can be a daunting task. The truth is, you don't need to know all the types of wood, varnish, etc. to get your entire piece back in working order. If you've been wondering how to polish furniture, look no further than this DIY guide!

A brush sitting on a table being polished.

What Type of Furniture Polish Should I Use?

There are all sorts of furniture polish for wooden furniture available, so it can be hard to choose. For most wood furniture, you'll want to get one of the "semi-solid" polishes. These wood cleaning products work on most kinds of wood, just make sure to get one without silicone. Another name for this product is "paste wax" because that's basically its texture. These can be found at any hardware store, and online at places like Amazon and Home Depot.

Oil vs. Wax

These wax polishes provide some protection from the elements and grime. It is worth noting that while oil polishes can make your wood look great, they don't provide the same protection to your wood grain that thicker polishes provide.

2 cans of furniture polishing wax sitting on a table.

DIY Furniture Polish

There are all sorts of other ways to make a wood surface shine. Some people elect to ditch factory made polishes entirely and use white vinegar mixed with olive oil or other household substances. Mineral oil is also a viable option.  Some polishes are even made with beeswax, and can be applied to hardwood floors as well. This wax can also help in a pinch as a DIY way of buffing out scratches.

Furniture Polishing Technique

You'll need to use a soft cloth/clean cloth with a dollop of your furniture conditioner of choice. A microfiber cloth would also work, just make sure you aren't using anything too abrasive. If you have a spray bottle, you can use it to spray the surface instead. Wipe with circular motions until the surface is thoroughly polished. If there is still liquid left on the wood surface, you'll need to wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove the excess liquid. 

A person using a cloth to polish a wood surface.

We hope you found this brief guide to furniture polishing helpful. If you're interested in browsing our selection of fine antique furniture, you can do so at EuroLuxHome.com. If you'd like to learn more about furniture repair, check out our in-depth guide here!

Scratched wood furniture can be a pain. As antique furniture dealers, we’ve come across hundreds of amazing pieces that needed a touch up. It can seem like a daunting task, but if you’re dealing with blemished home decor, don’t stress. There are tons of ways to go about fixing the problem. Some are orthodox, and others are...more creative. By the end of this article, we think you’ll be prepared to make your dented or scratched piece of furniture look as good as new.

1. Use a Furniture Crayon

A furniture crayon can be used to cover a scratch or shallow dent in scratched wood furniture. You can find them for sale at basically any hardware store, or online on sites like Home Depot. All you have to do is rub over the affected area with the furniture crayon to fill it in.

A set of furniture crayons, in different colors.

Don't forget to wipe down your wood furniture afterward!

It may be a good idea to wipe over the area with a paper towel or dry cloth to remove any excess wax. And make sure to use the right color or the area will stick out like a sore thumb! For more on the ins and outs of furniture crayons, you can check out our post here!

2. The Iodine Method (for Dark Wood Furniture)

Iodine can also be a great way to cover furniture scratches, especially for pieces crafted from a darker wood. Iodine can be bought at most major stores, and has a variety of uses. Our favorite is making furniture look great! Just apply Iodine using a cotton swab or Q-tip. Wipe away the excess liquid afterwards. This is an important step because it prevents the chemical from staining the rest of the piece. Note that this method is not ideal for lighter colored furniture, as it will stand out against light colors.

A brown bottle of iodine with a dropper.

3. Olive Oil and Vinegar

Olive Oil and Vinegar, with a measuring cup.

All this method requires is a few household items: olive oil and vinegar. This might be the easiest way to fix scratched wood furniture at home. You’ll want to make a solution of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts olive oil. Mix them together, and then use a cloth or cotton swab to rub over the scratched part of your furniture. Once again, use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe away any excess liquid to prevent stains and smells!

4. The Walnut/Pecan Method

Using a walnut or pecan to repair a furniture scratch might sound nuts, but it works! You’ll want to use the meat of the nut, not the shell. Using the shell will scratch the piece. Gently rub over the scratch with the nut until it fills in. This works because the meat of the nut is softer than the wood. We wouldn’t suggest eating it after, but hey, to each their own. 

A walnut next to a scratched piece of furniture.


Hopefully this guide has been helpful to you in your quest to get those pesky scratches out. For more information on scratched furniture repair and other furniture repair tips, you can check out our guide here! If you have any questions, we’d be happy to help at info@euroluxhome.com

So your favorite piece of furniture has seen better days. Maybe it needs a touch-up and some refinishing. Maybe there are deep scratches, or a missing leg. DIY furniture repair can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are plenty of home improvement resources available online. By the end of this post, we hope you'll be better prepared to give your old pieces the furniture makeover they deserve.

Polishing Furniture

Repairing Scratched Furniture

Nothing puts a damper on quality woodworking like gouges and scratches. As furniture lovers, it's a sad sight to see a beautiful lacquer go to waste. If the scratch is minor, you can use a lower grit sandpaper to gently rub over the affected area. Avoid using any heavy duty sanders as they can cause more damage to a finish.

Sanding Furniture

For some minor scratches and scuffs, a furniture crayon can get the job done. You use these as, well, a crayon. Just "color" over the scratched area like you would with a standard wax crayon. It's worth noting that this fix is more temporary than some of the others we'll talk about. However, it gets the job done. It's best to use for light surface scratches, and make sure that you use the proper color (darker crayons for dark wood, light crayons for light material, etc.). For more on how to use furniture crayons to their full potential, check out our guide here!

Advanced Furniture Scratch Repair

One common technique for dealing scratches is to use a cotton swab with iodine to wipe down the scratch. You'll want to immediately wipe over the spot with a paper towel, to prevent the iodine from staining the rest of your wood grain. However, some damage to wooden furniture will require more attention. 

A person using a walnut to buff out scratched furniture.

One of the most entertaining ways we've seen folks repair their piece is with a walnut or pecan. Yes, it sounds nuts. But since the nut is at the right hardness and filled with the right oil, a gentle rub can be enough to fix scratches. We wouldn't recommend eating them afterwards, but who are we to judge?

Regardless of which of these techniques you choose, one thing is sure- damaged wood surfaces aren't a death sentence for your favorite furniture! All of the materials you need to repair scratches can be found online, at hardware stores, or sometimes growing on trees if you're feeling adventurous. In fact, there are so many options, we can't list all of them. 

Time for Putty!

If you need to repair furniture with deeper crevices such as deep dents or nail holes, furniture putty is the way to go! This material is usually a combination of paste and wood shavings, so don't worry about it harming your piece. Once you've sealed the hole, you'll want to scrape over the damaged area with a putty knife, utility knife or dull razor blade to smooth things out. 

Wood Putty vs. Wood Filler

Don't confuse wood putty with wood filler. You won't want to use most wood fillers for outdoor furniture, since outdoor furniture can expand and contract when exposed to the elements. This small change can cause the filler to crack, damaging your furniture, and leaving you back at square one! All of these products are readily available online, from online furniture stores like EuroLuxHome.com or places like Home Depot

Making Your Wood Furniture Shine

Sometimes, all furniture needs is a little bit of TLC to make it shine. Just because a piece doesn't have dents or a missing leg doesn't mean it can't be improved! Anyone can purchase a quality furniture polish from their local hardware store. But if you're in a hurry, you can do it with normal household products too. 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a small spray bottle is all you'll need. Mix the oil and vinegar, and then spray a few sprits on your furniture. You'll want to wipe down your tabletop quickly with a dry cloth afterward, to prevent it from smelling. This is something of a life hack, and is a great way to give your piece a new shine in a pinch.

Putting Old Furniture Back Together

Some pieces of wood furniture are irreplaceable. At EuroLux, we've given countless antique furniture pieces a new lease on life. The right knowledge and materials, and a little bit dedication is all you'll need. It's worth noting that significant damage is best fixed by a professional or someone with some experience. Larger pieces like sideboards and dressers can be difficult for untrained hands. 

However, if you just need to put a leg back on a chair, you've come to the right place! To put your favorite piece back together again, simply apply superglue or epoxy resin to the affected area and stick it back together again! Try to lather it up on the inside of the broken area so the material doesn't seep out. Some of the methods mentioned above for repairing wood scratches can be used to cover the surrounding wood and make the piece look like it never broke to begin with! Extensive damage can make it a good idea to contact a professional. To learn when it's best to contact a furniture pro, check out our post about the subject.

We hope this post has been useful to you in your quest to repair furniture. At EuroLux, we've been collecting and repairing furniture for years. You can check out our selection of high-quality antique and modern furniture at EuroLuxHome.com

As part of our series on antique furniture restoration tips and tricks, I made this YouTube Video about how to easily fix wood blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons. It is a question we hear quite often from friends and other people who have antique furniture. Perhaps they've accidentally scratched the wood moving the piece from room to room, or perhaps they have inherited a beloved heirloom that needs a little TLC.

In any case, we all know that we get a few wrinkles as we age! So here’s how you can do a little touch up and hide that blemish. This also works for new wood furniture that might have some superficial dings.

A Video on How to Fix Scratches

This is the video I made on YouTube about how to use furniture crayons to disguise scratches or other marks in the wood. I’ll also give a summary below.


There are various furniture crayons available, but Greg and I like to use Blendal sticks. Then we use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the crayons.

In the video example, I show how to use the furniture crayons to help with two different blemishes on an antique buffet or server. One is a gouge and scrape to the finish and the other one is a wear spot.

Using Crayons to Fix Scratches

Here’s the secret: When you use your furniture crayons, you must apply several different colors, rather than try to exactly match one color of wood. This is because aged wood isn’t one color, it has earned a patina of time that is subtly beautiful. And even new furniture crafted in antique style is often distressed so the wood looks aged.

So for this antique buffet in the video, I use a dark brown furniture crayon, a red one, an even darker brown one, and a black. The black is probably the most important one!

As I work the crayons into the wood, I’m going with the grain of the wood and I keep changing colors, adding a little of one color then a little of another. I rub it in with my fingers. It’s all about being patient and keep applying color until you feel like you have really camouflaged it in.

Keeping Your Wood Grain Healthy

As I said, black is important and I use it to give little grain lines, feathering it with my hand and putting a little more pressure on to smudge it in.  Don’t be afraid to mix the colors because that’s what gives you the visual depth. Antique pieces do have different layers and shades on the patina of the wood from natural aging. They are not uniform in tone, and that’s part of what makes a piece of antique furniture look so wonderful.

Be sure to always use your fingers to rub along the same grain as the wood. I keep adding layers of color until I feel like I’ve made the match. You’ll see that in the video I’m really taking my time and using a lot of colors until I feel like it’s going to blend in with what’s there. Still, I fix both marks in less then 10 minutes, so it's pretty easy! If you are working on an area that has a lot of carving, you might need to use a toothbrush to get into the all nooks and details of the carving.

Tone Finish

Then I stand back and look at the whole piece.  I know I'm finished when the area I worked on doesn’t jump out at me! Finally I use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the furniture crayons. We like to use the satin variety rather than a shiny one, because we find it blends in better.

I shake it to mix up the product and then do a test spray to make my nozzle is spraying evenly. Then I spray a really light mist. I let it set for just a minute and then give it another very light mist again. Sometimes you have to do two passes, especially when it’s a bigger chip or ding. But after the tone finish, you can’t really see that there was a problem there at all. When this dries, the work I’ve done really will have blended in. The blemish doesn’t jump out any more!

DIY Ways to Fix Scratches

Fixing deep scratches in wooden furniture can seem like a daunting task. Whether it's a lighter piece of furniture or something made from dark wood, these tips will be able to help you repair scratches. A quick DIY refinish of your scratched area, whether it's with a cotton swab, dry cloth, or simple furniture polish can be all you need to fix those pesky furniture scratches. We've even seen folks use a paper towel on the affected area to repair those wood scratches and scuffs.

If you have any questions about how to fix blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons, please do leave a comment in the comment box below!

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AT-4 Leather Chesterfield SetteeIn my recent customer spotlight about interior designer Charity and the new antiqued leather settee she bought from us,  I mentioned that leather sofas, chairs, stools and benches and other leather furniture are among our top sellers.

One of the leather furniture makers that we work with is a small family business, and they gave me some great info about the different types of leather and the care of leather.Top Grain cream leather sofa

Top Grain Leather vs. Split Grain Leather

My first lesson was about the difference between top-grain and split-grain leather. Full-grain leather is the natural whole hide, but that whole hide is usually split into layers for making furniture upholstery. (Think of it like peeling two slices of bread apart!)
Both cuts of leather are true 100% leather and each one is wonderful for different purposes, looks, type of furniture and price points.

Leathermaking Techniques

Red Leather Cloister counter stoolThe top-grain is the cut from the hair side of the leather. It is the most common type of leather used in high-end leather products as it is smooth and pliable.
The traditional top-grain leather look is shiny and smooth and soft to the touch, with natural color and texture variations.  Many of our sofas and chairs are top-grain leather.

The split-grain is from the flesh side. It is a tougher and thicker cut of leather and it is usually at a slightly lower price point. After the split is made, this layer of leather has a fuzzy suede look on both sides and it is light in color. Then it is finished to give it the look and feel of top-grain leather. Usually this includes applying color and a clear protective top coat.

Leather Furniture Care

Leather is porous and it's made up of around 12-14% water which keeps it so luxuriously supple. But even though it is such a sturdy and timeless upholstery material, you do need to avoid things that will dry the leather out. For example, it's best to keep it away from a heater or from direct sun right beneath a window.

Top Grain Leather sofa hand-made in USATo clean leather furniture, only use a water based leather cleaner. Before my leather lesson from the furniture makers, I didn’t know how bad the leather conditioners are that you can buy in supermarkets and chain stores. I never thought about it for leather, but it is just like all of those furniture sprays that are also bad for your furniture and create a waxy build-up.

New Madison Leather Club Chair

Don't use household cleaners!

My leather expert said never to use regular household products to clean and care for leather. This includes products containing oils, waxes or silicones, as they dry out the leather big time! Most "conditioners" contain waxes or oils while furniture polish contains silicones. These all ruin the leather finish. Car cleaners with oils or waxes can leave residue that acts like a magnet to dirt, creating a build-up and finally cracking of the leather. Chemicals in many leather wipes also destroy the finish and dry out the hide so it peels.

Baby Wipes and Leather Furniture are a Bad Combo

Baby wipes are terrible for leather too as is dishwashing liquid as it has a high salt content and will ruin your finish. What about Saddle Soap? That should be OK, right? Wrong! The finish on beautiful leather furniture is not the same as saddle leather, so keep the saddle soap in the stable!

Top Grain Leather Sofa Antique LookAfter cleaning with a water based leather cleaner and nothing else, treat the leather furniture with a good water based leather protector. This creates a protective barrier, preventing dirt and stains from soaking into the leather.

Regularly wiping the leather with a damp cloth helps to clean dirt and body oils from the furniture in addition to helping rehydrate the leather – it's nature's own moisturizer! Take care of your top-grain or split-grain leather furniture and it will be look handsome and feel great for years!

Other leather care tips include keeping your living room furniture out of direct sunlight when possible. It is also best to avoid using detergents or super dry cloth when cleaning your leather upholstery. A soft cloth or microfiber cloth can help preserve your pigmented leather couch. When using a wet cloth, it is best to use distilled water and a clean cloth, and letting the piece air dry.

Upholstered Furniture at EuroLuxHome.com

At EuroLuxHome.com, we have a wide variety of high-quality entryway, dining room, home office, and outdoor furniture. Our upholstered bar stools, dining chairs, loveseats and sectional sofas provide both comfort and style to your space. In terms of bedroom furniture, many of headboards are crafted with fine leather. One thing is sure- with so many upholstered pieces, we're a retailer bound to have something you'll love. From bookcases to dining tables, antique to new furniture, nightstands, dressers and more, EuroLuxHome.com has you covered.

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A while ago I wrote a post on traditional painted checkerboard floors and how to paint a floor. But the checkerboard floor designs were just the beginning. I've also seen some great ideas for other styles of painted floors. Some can be a bit whacky and perhaps too outrageous for most of us. I mean, you look at the floor every day and you need to be happy with your floor treatment for years, so you might get fed up with the "urban graffiti floor" look quite quickly!

But I also found some classic floor designs that give a beautiful look without swamping a room.

Beach Style Living Room

Stripes are very traditional – they are one of the painted floor styles that would have been seen way back when. (Because decorative painted floors are not a new idea in decor… they were a popular feature in American homes as long ago as the late 1700s.) The simple painted floorboards in this coastal cottage style room look clean and fresh.

Traditional Porch by Oshawa Interior Designers & Decorators Chris Kauffman

Floor Designs for the Deck

Here is a similar look on a deck of a different house. It would work well in any porch or sunroom too. The nice part about painting each individual plank is that it's a much easier job! You don't have to figure out how to line those stripes up so they aren't wobbly.

Other by Belmont Media & Bloggers Christina Katos

But if you have a hardwood floor like this one and you aren't painting the individual floorboards as such, then you might have to reach for the painter's tape. A tutorial on Houzz on how to paint stripes on your floor shows how this enclosed porch in New England got a facelift. There are some great tips in the tutorial and the before photos (utilitarian and uninviting) and the after photos (light and breezy) are worth seeing. (While you are on Houzz, we'd love you to pop over and see our EuroLuxHome Houzz page.)

Eclectic Dining Room by Other Metro Photographers Elad Gonen

Or how about this elegant plaid painted floor? This otherwise quite simply constructed dining room is given heaps of charm by the grey plaid design on the floor. Because the floor is painted in similar tones to the walls and other decor, it blends in without looking noisy.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers always kick a dining room up a notch too... but I'm biased because I get to see and handle so many gorgeous antique and vintage chandeliers in our gallery each day!

Spaces by Austin Interior Designers & Decorators Maureen Stevens

I'm guessing that a lot of people look twice at this bathroom's painted chevron stripe floor. They probably assume it is a carpet or rug at first glance. The pattern wouldn't look out of place on a textile, so I think that's why it works. Also, the chevron is slightly irregular, which tones down the visual punch. If all the zig-zags were the same width, it might look a bit like old-fashioned TV interference! As it is, the painted chevron floor looks light and pretty and a bit playful against the otherwise formal decor with a marble bath and swagged drapes.

Contemporary Kitchen by Edmonds Interior Designers & Decorators Zinc Art + Interiors

If you want take it up another notch - pick a stencil! The large stylized flower pattern stenciled on this vintage kitchen floor covers up damage to the original hardwood flooring. The lovely honey tones of the fir wood floorboards still show through, but the stencils disguise the damaged sections. By the way, the original kitchen had a huge 1950s-style stove, but although the new owners couldn't keep that, they did keep another memento from the past. The wall art came from old newspapers the owners found in the cabinets – they tore out some pictures to frame. How cool is that?

If you have painted floor designs in your home, we'd love to see the pictures! You can contact us at this blog or just show us your photos on our Facebook page.

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Painted wood floors add such a lot of character to a home and a traditional style checkerboard painted design can be a very effective way to cheer up worn wood floors.

Recently I mentioned that we were invited to join the Houzz marketplace. (We're at EuroLuxHome on Houzz.) This means I've been spending a lot more time on Houzz answering customer questions, so I get to see all  the great home decor photos flying by on the screen!  Some of my recent favorites show how a checkerboard painted design on a wood floor gives a room an instant facelift. Doesn't this neutral checkerboard design in a traditional bathroom look fresh and elegant?

Traditional Style Floors

Although painted wood floors might seem like a modern idea, they are actually a traditional choice. Painted floors featuring decorative patterns were popular in American homes by the late 1700s. Often they replicated tile designs, and the black and white painted checkerboard pattern remains a classic choice for painted wood floors. But you don't have to stick to black and white and neutrals.

This smart red and green painted checkerboard floor adds a little color to the Traditional style mix! The floor is in a restored 1850 plantation house in Texas. The bold colors might be slightly strong for a living room, but they are a good choice for a hallway like this as they create a sense of energy and movement as you travel between rooms.

This Charleston, SC, room is gloriously inviting! Notice how the softly distressed blue and honey-colored checkerboard pattern painted on the floor doesn't go right up to the edges. The plain border around the edge gives the illusion of an area rug. The border also creates a breathing space for the eye - a brief transition before you pass into another room with a different floor design. Also notice the real Palmetto Trees in the bookcases! Crazy, huh?

If you don't want to paint your floors, try a wood stain instead. This splendid entryway in Philadelphia has a diamond or checkerboard floor pattern, but in more subtle wood tones. The painted checkerboard floor look works for every style of traditional home and for modern homes too. If you want to try it for yourself, this helpful Houzz tutorial on How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors should get you started.

A Traditional Old House

This Old House also has a detailed How to Paint a Floor tutorial with specific instructions for a painted checkerboard floor design.

I've got some more ideas to share for painted wood floor designs that are just as beautiful and just as classic as the checkerboard design, but that is for another blog post! If you have a checkerboard painted wood floor, please tell us about or (or even share a photo!) To see more of our favorite types of furniture, check out this weathered furniture!

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Oops... crash! Do you have any broken ceramic items lying around the house waiting to be repaired? We've got some tips so you don't have to put the job off any longer! Greg's mom Kathy is our Director of Ceramic Restoration Services and she is a certified expert in fine ceramics restoration. Kathy made this video with tips on how to fix your broken ceramics.

The item Kathy repairs in the video is a broken ceramic figurine, a.k.a. Prudence. The large figurine was shipped from Europe to a friend of ours and it arrived with a broken arm. Our friend asked Kathy to take a look at Prudence and see if she could do a repair on the poor girl's arm. Of course, if EuroLuxAntiques.com packed and shipped this figurine (or any other antique ceramics in our gallery) it would not arrive broken!

Prepare to Fix your Broken Ceramic

1. Kathy says that before starting with the glue, make sure you have paper towels handy as you will definitely need them.

2. Then she starts by looking at the broken surface to see what kind of glue is needed to repair it. She rubs the broken edge with a toothbrush and sees that some powder comes off it. She also sees a few little air holes. This tells Kathy that it's a soft paste with a lower firing temperature than some other ceramics.

3. With that information she chooses a white glue. The scientific name is polyvinyl acetate (PVA). Elmer's white glue is the brand Kathy's prefers. It goes on white and becomes clear as it dries. Note that white glue is water-soluble. It is unlikely that anyone will ever need to put Prudence in water... she's already suffered enough! But if you do fix a broken ceramic with white glue, you must remember not to soak it later otherwise it will come apart.

4. If there is already glue on the raw edge from a previous fix, you need to clean that off or the new repair won't seat perfectly.

5. Kathy uses a cardboard box to put the item in and support it while she works. This trick means that gravity does the work for you. The broken ceramic remains stable as it is lodged against the sides of the box. Prudence is a large figurine so Kathy got a banana box from a grocery store. If you have a smaller item to mend, then you would choose a smaller box.

Now the stage is set... let's get on with the show!

Tips for Ceramic Restoration

Kathy places the figurine so it balances and is lodged perfectly in the box. Before placing the arm, she is careful not to scrape the broken edge of the piece around too much. She doesn't want to loosen particles that will interfere with the seating of the piece.

How to glue broken ceramicNext, Kathy applies glue all around the edge of the piece. Some people say to put the glue on both edges of the break - the broken piece itself and the main body you're attaching it to. Kathy doesn't usually do that unless it's quite a wide break. But she does recommend applying the glue all around the edges of the break and then putting some glue down just inside the rim of the break. Then when she places the arm back on the figurine, the glue will run down on the inside. It covers the break on the inside too and gives a little extra strength to the repair.

Once the arm is seated, Kathy wipes off any excess glue spilling on the outside. Then she presses the broken pieces together as hard as she can for about one minute.

"That helps it to heal," she says. (You can tell that Kathy was a nurse in the U.S. Navy. She worked in that profession for 35 years!) Because white glue is water-soluble, she can go back later once the glue has dried and easily clean off any other excess glue.

So now you know how to fix your broken ceramic items. Let us know how it goes or ask any other questions in the comment box below. Kathy also gave some great tips on deciding when to leave antiques repairs to a professional and when to tackle it yourself in our blog post: When It Breaks: DIY or Professional Restorer?

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture: Part 5

This is the last episode in our series on how to best clean and wax antique furniture. Greg from EuroLuxAntiques.com shows you how to buff off wax the old-fashioned way, without a brush attachment for your drill. This time Greg is demonstrating his technique on a darker piece of antique furniture.

Clean Antique Furniture, Then Apply Wax

In case you missed Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

TLC Wax Works Great on Antiques

We prefer TLC paste wax, which is an American-made furniture wax, because it is easier to buff that other products we've tried. On darker pieces of antique furniture, we like to use the mahogany variety because it gives a nice warm glow to antiques.

Apply a thin coat of wax until it becomes hazy and then let the wax dry a minimum of 30 minutes, but overnight is better.

The Easy Way to Buff Antique Furniture

In Part 3, Greg shows the best way to buff off paste wax by using a natural fiber brush attachment on your drill. You can buy a brush attachment from a furniture restoration company, such as Van Dyke's Restorers. However, if you don't have a brush attachment, or even a drill, Greg will demonstrate what to do next.

Old-Fashioned, Muscle Power Technique

The process of buffing paste wax off antique furniture is similar to the process of sanding during woodworking. Start with a courser material first, and then use a finer material with each consecutive pass.

In this case, Greg starts with a hand towel that has a relatively rough nap to start the buffing process. He uses a circular motion with light, even pressure. You might even hear the voice of Mr. Miyagi from the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, in your head telling you to "wax on, wax off."

Use Microfiber Cloths for Final Buff

Next, Greg uses two clean microfiber cloths in his two-handed technique that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. Use light pressure in a circular motion. When the microfiber cloths "catch" on the surface of the antique sideboard, Greg rubs a little more in that area to gently buff off the wax. When the surface begins to feel like glass under your towels, you're done.

Wax Antique Furniture Annually

Now your antique furniture should shine and have a nice layer of wax which will serve to protect the finish against dust and sunlight. You should wax your antique furniture once per year in order to keep it looking great!

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture - Part 4

In this fourth episode in a series on the best way to clean and wax antique furniture, Greg from EuroLux Antiques shows you how to do a final buff in order to really make your antique furniture look great.

Antique Furniture: Clean & Wax First

In Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

Wax On, Wax Off

If you watched the movie, Karate Kid from 1984, you'll remember that Mr. Miyagi used the "wax on, wax off" technique to train Daniel (Ralph Macchio) how to do karate. While building muscles is a good thing to do to get in shape, when it comes to buffing wax off antique furniture, there is a better way. Greg shows the best way to buff off wax by using a brush attachment on a drill in Part 3.

Microfiber Cloths Work Best

You can find microfiber cloths in big packs at any hardware store, auto parts store, or even big box warehouse stores. Be sure to use clean ones for the final buff, which happens after you have already done a first buff. Microfiber cloths are soft and won't scratch the surface of your antique furniture.

Two-Handed Technique Gets Job Done Fast

Greg prefers to use a two-handed approach that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. He rubs the microfiber cloths quickly over the surface of the antique furniture, using a circular motion without much pressure. It is similar to buffing a pair of shoes - go lightly and quickly. You should really see your antique furniture start to shine!

In the last episode of this series, Greg will show you how to buff wax off antique furniture the old-fashioned way - without the drill attachment.

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!