Evangeline Espinoza. Furniture. September 01st , 2017.
A simple way to improve antique pieces of furniture, such as a chest of drawers, is to fit new handles. The Victorians had a habit of replacing metal handles with round wooden knobs, often leaving the marks of the former back-plates showing. Sets of old handles can be picked up cheaply from antique and second-hand shops but make sure that the back-plates are large enough to cover any existing indentations.
Different Materials For Outdoor Furniture: Whichever approach one takes to the modern-day landscaping and outdoor decoration market, there is no denying that rattan garden furniture is the most popular type of outdoor furniture, and one of the most popular types of landscaping items in general. With their versatile nature, weather resistance, sturdy build and low maintenance requirements, items made from both natural and synthetic rattan have taken over the landscaping market to such an extent that many home-owners never even consider the possibility that there may be other, different materials for outdoor furniture.
It is clear, then, that when it comes to the sustainability of natural rattan garden furniture, home-owners have even less cause for concern than they would with items made from the synthetic variant.
Furniture Veneer, Inlay, Marquetry and Boulle: Their artistry fell into four main categories: veneers, strips of mahogany or walnut, waxed and polished to enrich their grain and colour; marquetry, patterns and pictorial designs built up from a variety of different woods; inlay, which achieved a similar effect using pieces of tortoiseshell, mother of pearl, ivory and ebony; and boulle, named after a French family of cabinet makers in the 17th and 18th centuries whose furniture was decorated with designs in brass, picked out in black pigment and filled in with inlay. The skills of these craftsmen linger on in many small individual firms. Many of these antique pieces fetch an unbelievably high price at auctions around the globe, especially if they are from sought after craftsmen from early Victorian periods.
Natural Materials: Natural fibres have traditionally been some of the most popular and widespread among the different materials for outdoor furniture, and that is a trend which continues to this day. As popular as synthetic fibres have become in recent years, there is still a certain charm to natural materials which causes many home-owners to choose them over their man-made counterparts – even despite the significantly higher degree of care and maintenance they require.
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