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Best of March 2013: Color, Furniture Care, Babies & More

Pretty four-leaf clover -- EuroLuxAntiques.comIt’s hard to believe March is nearly behind us. That’s one-quarter of the year! Where did it go?

On this blog, the month of March was devoted to color and texture in interior design, how to care for antique furniture, and revisiting clients. Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the past month.

 

Lovely hortensia blooms add a pop of color to the decor -- EuroLuxAntiquesFeeling a bit of spring fever, we started the blog with a feature on how to use houseplants as accessories in your decor. There’s just something about bringing nature indoors that calms the soul.

In March, we also continued our five-part series on how to clean and wax antique furniture. This series has been a real hit on our Facebook page, and our videos walk you through the process step-by-step.

Blue and white bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Blue and white rice bowls really pop when displayed on an ebonized table.

Obviously, most antique furniture is made of wood so in keeping with that theme, we offered you a feature on how to add warmth and mood to your interior design by using wood. Both light-colored wood and wood with a dark finish convey a natural warmth when used indoors, but our feature shows how you can create different effects by using wood of all tones.

 

 

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a "wow" piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Just like indoors, every outdoor room should include a “wow” piece. This sensational vintage birdbath does the trick!

Again struck by spring fever, we talked about how to create your ideal outdoor room. There’s no reason to keep your antiques indoors when you can enjoy vintage iron garden gates, wrought iron chairs, and other antique iron decor items outside. Our article showcases some superior spaces in the great outdoors.

Finally, we revisited our clients Bruce and Julie, who use antiques to decorate their children’s bedrooms. Yes, we offer you visual proof that children and antiques not only can coexist but can thrive! In fact, we consider Bruce and Julie the experts on this topic since they have a houseful of antiques plus eight children under age 14.

As we bid adieu to March, we look forward to April. We wish everyone better weather in April, and we’ll be on the lookout for the latest design trends and stunning antiques to share with you here!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture: Part 5

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture: Part 5

This is the last episode in our series on how to best clean and wax antique furniture. Greg from EuroLuxAntiques.com shows you how to buff off wax the old-fashioned way, without a brush attachment for your drill. This time Greg is demonstrating his technique on a darker piece of antique furniture.

Clean Antique Furniture, Then Apply Wax

In case you missed Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

TLC Wax Works Great on Antiques

We prefer TLC paste wax, which is an American-made furniture wax, because it is easier to buff that other products we’ve tried. On darker pieces of antique furniture, we like to use the mahogany variety because it gives a nice warm glow to antiques.

Apply a thin coat of wax until it becomes hazy and then let the wax dry a minimum of 30 minutes, but overnight is better.

The Easy Way to Buff Antique Furniture

In Part 3, Greg shows the best way to buff off paste wax by using a natural fiber brush attachment on your drill. You can buy a brush attachment from a furniture restoration company, such as Van Dyke’s Restorers. However, if you don’t have a brush attachment, or even a drill, Greg will demonstrate what to do next.

Old-Fashioned, Muscle Power Technique

The process of buffing paste wax off antique furniture is similar to the process of sanding during woodworking. Start with a courser material first, and then use a finer material with each consecutive pass.

In this case, Greg starts with a hand towel that has a relatively rough nap to start the buffing process. He uses a circular motion with light, even pressure. You might even hear the voice of Mr. Miyagi from the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, in your head telling you to “wax on, wax off.”

Use Microfiber Cloths for Final Buff

Next, Greg uses two clean microfiber cloths in his two-handed technique that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. Use light pressure in a circular motion. When the microfiber cloths “catch” on the surface of the antique sideboard, Greg rubs a little more in that area to gently buff off the wax. When the surface begins to feel like glass under your towels, you’re done.

Wax Antique Furniture Annually

Now your antique furniture should shine and have a nice layer of wax which will serve to protect the finish against dust and sunlight. You should wax your antique furniture once per year in order to keep it looking great!

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 4

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 4

In this fourth episode in a series on the best way to clean and wax antique furniture, Greg from EuroLux Antiques shows you how to do a final buff in order to really make your antique furniture look great.

Antique Furniture: Clean & Wax First

In Part 1, Greg showed the best way to clean off the built up layers of dust and grime on the surface of antique furniture. In Part 2, he demonstrated how to apply furniture wax to your antique furniture using a brush.

Wax On, Wax Off

If you watched the movie, Karate Kid from 1984, you’ll remember that Mr. Miyagi used the “wax on, wax off” technique to train Daniel (Ralph Macchio) how to do karate. While building muscles is a good thing to do to get in shape, when it comes to buffing wax off antique furniture, there is a better way. Greg shows the best way to buff off wax by using a brush attachment on a drill in Part 3.

Microfiber Cloths Work Best

You can find microfiber cloths in big packs at any hardware store, auto parts store, or even big box warehouse stores. Be sure to use clean ones for the final buff, which happens after you have already done a first buff. Microfiber cloths are soft and won’t scratch the surface of your antique furniture.

Two-Handed Technique Gets Job Done Fast

Greg prefers to use a two-handed approach that he perfected while working at a car wash in high school. He rubs the microfiber cloths quickly over the surface of the antique furniture, using a circular motion without much pressure. It is similar to buffing a pair of shoes – go lightly and quickly. You should really see your antique furniture start to shine!

In the last episode of this series, Greg will show you how to buff wax off antique furniture the old-fashioned way – without the drill attachment.

Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about how to best care for your antique furniture!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 3

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 3

In this third episode in our series about the best way to clean and wax antique furniture, Greg at EuroLux Antiques shows you how to buff off the applied wax using a brush attachment on a drill.

Clean First, Then Apply Wax To Antique Furniture

In case you missed the first two episodes, Part One describes how to best clean antique furniture, while Part Two shows how to apply a thin layer of wax to your antiques.We’ve tried a great number of paste wax products, but we prefer TLC wax because it is easier to buff and gives a nice, warm glow to antique furniture.

Use Paste Wax with Beeswax

Apply a thin layer of wax to your piece of antique furniture with a soft-bristle brush and then let it set for at least a half an hour – the longer, the better. Even overnight would be fine. Just make sure to use paste wax that has beeswax in it.

Buff with a Natural Fiber Brush Attachment on a Drill

We clean and wax a great amount of antique furniture, so we’ve learned how to do it quickly and with the least amount of effort. We highly recommend using a corded drill with a soft, natural fiber brush attachment. You can also get a paint brush from a hardware store with a narrow handle and cut it down to fit in your drill.

Use Light Pressure in a Circular Motion

Now use very light pressure and move the brush attachment in a circular motion back and forth across the piece of antique furniture, doing small sections at a time. The wax will begin to heat up and then will begin to shine.

Use a Micro-Fiber Cloth for Final Polish

We recommend using a micro-fiber towel to give a final polish to your piece of antique furniture. You can find big packs of micro-fiber towels at warehouse stores or hardware stores. Greg like to ball up a micro-fiber towel in his hand and then very lightly rub it quickly back and forth across the area where he has buffed with the drill attachment. When it feels smooth like glass under your towel, you’ll know that you are done.

Stay tuned for the next blog post for more tips on how to best clean and wax your antique furniture. Let us know if you have any questions!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 2

How to Clean & Wax Antique Furniture – Part 2

In this episode, Greg at EuroLuxAntiques continues to teach you the best way to clean and wax a piece of antique furniture.

Clean Antique Furniture with Howard Restor-A-Finish

Just to bring you up to date, in the first video of this series, Greg showed you how to use Howard Restor-A-Finish to remove the built-up layers of old wax, dirt, and grime on the surface of the piece. It is best to use a natural fiber brush attachment with a drill, but you can also use fine grade (0000 4x) steel wool.

Use Paste Wax to Protect Antique Furniture

Once you have cleaned your antique furniture, you should use a good quality paste wax in order to protect and enhance your antique furniture. A nice layer of wax protects the original finish against dust and sunlight, and helps to keep the moisture content of the wood stable. You only need to wax your antique furniture once per year, and otherwise just use a clean, barely damp cloth or a duster to remove the dust on a regular basis.

TLC Furniture Wax Works Great on Antiques

We’ve tried just about every paste wax out on the market, but we prefer TLC furniture wax for antique furniture. It comes in a variety of stains, but we prefer to use the neutral variety for light-colored wood and the mahogany color for all dark-colored pieces of antique furniture. While they do make brown and dark brown, we find that the mahogany gives a nice glow to the darker pieces.

Apply A Thin Layer of Paste Wax to Antique Furniture

We use a soft bristle brush to apply a thin layer of paste wax, but you can also put it on with fine grade (0000 4x) steel wool. Apply the wax in a light, circular motion, trying to go with the grain, so that you work the wax down into the grain of the wood on your antique furniture. Be careful to not to put too much on as it will make it much harder to buff off later.

Let Wax Dry, Even Overnight

You should begin to see a haze over your antique furniture where you have applied the paste wax. Now it is best to let the wax dry for a minimum of 30 minutes, but better is several hours, or even overnight.

Stay tuned for the next episode, as Greg will show you the best way to buff off the paste wax that you have applied to your antique furniture.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or subscribe to this blog!