We can find a lot of vintage furniture online and in magazines, depicting elegance, class, and beauty, but what makes a furniture vintage? Antique furniture are classified as at least 100 years old, whereas furniture which are between 30 to 100 years old are considered vintage furniture. Many people think that something old is already called as “vintage”. Vintage furniture doesn’t need to have been manufactured by best-known companies or to belong in a famous line, as long as the furniture exhibit the characteristics of that particular era. Because of many years that passed, even mass-produced vintage furniture are less seen and you even rarely see them on online and live auctions anymore.
Vintage furniture can really make a huge difference in a house, giving it a sense of unique style, individuality, and cool factor. Vintage category covers different decades and eras, and when you decorate your home using these pieces, either you can choose pieces for one era or make a good combination. You’ll find vintage furniture with better quality than new furniture with the same materials due to better workmanship. 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. When decorating your home with vintage furniture, you need to keep your home cleaner so you keep the furniture preserved. When you apply finishing, don’t mask the original appearance of the vintage furniture, just use light finishes instead of heavy coatings or paintings.
It is important to clean and wax your vintage furniture to preserve its elegance and beauty. Don’t use any spray cleaning products in your vintage or antique furniture. Doing so will be leaving some residue, even those with lemon oil. Never use rough textured agents or cleaning products and feather dusters because broken feathers can scratch the surface of your vintage or antique furniture. Use high-quality wax for your antique or vintage furniture such as beeswax from England. It is best to use cheesecloth when applying wax. Applying wax should be thin, and avoid overdoing it. 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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