We can find a lot of vintage furniture online and in magazines, depicting elegance, class, and beauty, but what makes a furniture vintage? If furniture is aged between 30 to 100 years, it is considered as a vintage furniture, and those that are at least 100 years old are classified as antique furniture. A vintage furniture should define a style of a particular period such as Eames chair, and not only because it is old that it’s called “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. Vintage furniture are rare today and even those that were originally mass-produced are not that seen anymore.
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. If you want to have a fine quality furniture but you cannot afford it, you can purchase vintage pieces than buying new furniture of the same quality. Vintage furniture has finished with its off-gassing, preventing toxic chemicals from new furniture, and you are also saving the environment by not allowing them to be just thrown away 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 furniture cleaning agents on your vintage furniture. Doing so will leave a residue. Never use rough textured agents or cleaning products and feather dusters because broken feathers can scratch the surface of your vintage or antique furniture. When applying was to your antique and vintage furniture, it is best to use high-quality wax for your antique or vintage 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. For metal hardware or ornamentation like ormolu, keyholes or brass knobs, and other decorations, don’t use anyway because you may just damage the wood underneath so just dust them or you can polish them separately.
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