Many home magazines feature vintage furniture as classy and beautiful displays, 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. 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. When it comes to decorating your home with vintage furniture, experts recommend choosing pieces all from one vintage era, such as mid-century modern, or you can curate a beautiful collection of vintage furniture from different eras for a cohesive and harmonious look. You’ll find vintage furniture with better quality than new furniture with the same materials due to better workmanship. 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. You can buy vintage furniture from different sources such as hand offs from older family members, estate sales, live auctions, edgy retail stores, online stores, and auction websites. Because vintage furniture is an old furniture, you need to keep them clean all the time to preserve their elegant look. You can apply finishing to your vintage furniture but avoid paints or coatings that can mask the true appearance of the piece.
It is important to clean and wax your vintage furniture to preserve its elegance and beauty. Never use any spray furniture cleaning agents on your vintage furniture. Doing so will be leaving some residue, even those with lemon oil. Any rough product should be avoided because it can scratch the vintage 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. It is best to use cheesecloth when applying wax. 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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