Many home magazines feature vintage furniture as classy and beautiful displays, but what makes a furniture vintage? Vintage furniture means any piece of furniture that is aged thirty to one hundred years. Many people think that something old is already called as “vintage”. Just keep in mind that a vintage furniture should possess the characteristics of a particular era and it doesn’t need to be manufactured by a well-known company or designed by a famous furniture designer. Today, vintage furniture are less commonly seen because of many years that passed by, and even those that were mass-produced are rarely seen on auction houses.
For a sense of individuality and class, vintage furniture really stand out even in a room that is fully-furnished with new decorations. For decorating tips, vintage pieces can be a combination of different eras to achieve a harmonious and cohesive look or you can select one vintage era, such as mid-century modern. You can buy vintage furniture with better quality than a new furniture. Purchasing a vintage piece of furniture makes you environmentally conscious because you save it from going to the landfill. The sources of vintage furniture include hand offs from older family members, edgy retail stores, online stores, estate sales, live auctions, and auction websites. In order to preserve your vintage furniture, you need to keep your home cleaner because even a little dust may cause it to look dirty. You can apply finishing to your vintage furniture but avoid paints or coatings that can mask the true appearance of the piece.
The beauty and elegance of vintage furniture that has been waxed and cleaned reflects the loving care by the owners over the years. Never use any spray cleaning agents to clean your antique or vintage furniture. Doing so will leave a residue. Any rough product should be avoided because it can scratch the vintage furniture. When it comes to wax application, you need to apply high-quality wax for your vintage and antique furniture such as beeswax. Use a soft cloth like cheesecloth for waxing. When applying wax, don’t use too much wax, only apply a thin coat and waxing should only be done at least once a year. Don’t use any metal-cleaning product for metal hardware or ornamentation like ormolu, keyholes or brass knobs, and other decorations.
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