This is a Before and After picture of the base to a turn-of-the-century Torchiere Style Floor Lamp that we restored for a customer.
Faulty lamp sockets can be a dangerous. But this is something that you can check out at home. To do so, unplug your lamp, unscrew the bulb and take a close look at the base of your socket. If it looks like the one on the right, IT IS NOT SAFE! Incandescent light bulbs generate a lot of heat, much of which is transferred to the socket itself. Over time, and with repeated use, this can lead to a faulty socket. If your socket looks like the one on the right, stop using it, and switch it out with a new one as soon as possible or bring your lamp by our shop and we can put in a new one for you. In most cases we can do the repair while you wait for around $8.
Above is a "Before" and "After" picture of one of our recent lamp restoration projects. On this piece, we cleaned the milk glass and polished the marble base, polished and sealed the brass, added a scalloped bell shade, put in a new socket and replaced the old, frayed rayon cord with a new replacement rayon cord and a turn-of-the-century style plug, giving it the safety of todays wiring with the look and charm of the past.
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A white water ring or a milky looking spot on a piece of furniture (often from condensation from a glass of tea or other beverage) is evidence that moisture has settled into the finish . (A black spot indicates that the moisture has penetrated the finish and has effected the wood below.) Vodka has a natural drying agent and will pull the moisture out of the finish. Simply use a small brush and apply enough Vodka to cover the effected area. Allow this to sit on the surface for about 2 minutes and then wipe dry. After about 5 minutes, check the spot again. If some traces of the mark still remain, repeat the process. With each application the white water mark will be less obvious until finally, it will disappear!
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Not you personally, but on the hinge or other part of an older piece of furniture. With years of use, many screws wear away at the spiraled threaded groove in the wood, causing the hole to become "wallowed out" and the screw to become loose. At this point, many people simply replace the screw with a bigger screw, but doing this (because a bigger screw has a bigger screw head) usually affects the way the door opens and closes. And, on a truly antique... piece of furniture, even a replaced screw can effect the overall value.
Instead, take a toothpick, dip it in glue, insert it into the screw hole and break it off at the surface. When you drive the screw back in place, the wood from the toothpick will give the screw more to "bite into " and the glue will make sure that it stays there.
This is a Before and After picture of one of our latest restoration projects. On this old Boston Rocker we removed hundreds of tacks and staples, patched the holes with wood filler and cosmetically blended them in with pigment. We repaired the wood in several places and applied a hand-rubbed wax finish. Finally, we replaced the cane seat and back in a 7 step lace weave pattern.
We've all seen the marks on furniture that comes from bumping it against the wall or from scraping it against a door frame while moving it from one room to another. (Like the white mark on the back of the chair pictured on the top left) This mark is actually where paint has been transferred from one surface to another.
However, these marks can be removed easily.
To do this, take a piece of very fine (#0000) steel wool, dip it in Mineral Spirits, squeeze out the excess and gently rub over the mark. Then wipe off the surface with a clean, dry rag. In most cases, the mark will disappear immediately (like the back of the same chair pictured on the top right).
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FLOOR LAMP RESTORATION
This is a Before and After pictures of a brass candlestick that a customer recently brought in for us to polish. When doing this, we first use a quality brass polishing cream to remove all of the tarnish and oxidation . We then neutralize it to remove any impurities that might still remain in the porous brass surface. This, not only "sanitizes" the piece, but prepares the surface for a clear, lacquer finish. This finish seals the brass from external elements, making it resistant to tarnish for up to 7 years!
The Secret to Removing White Water Marks?...