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Furniture Care 101

Help me restore and properly care for my wooden furniture. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Jan 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Leather chair restoration

How do I repair a leather chair with a hole and significant cracking? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Oct 17, 2007 - 6 answers

Seeing the industrial and political landscape of the southwest

I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Need to restore a baptism gown

I need guidence on restoring an Antique Christening Gown in the Southeast US... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jun 20, 2007 - 6 answers

wood you, could you?

I just bought an old danish-midcentury modern type dining set. Its wood with a finish (lacquer or shellac, I don't know). It has a couple of nasty scratches. I live in San Francisco....know of any businesses/individuals that do wood furniture repair? [more inside]
posted by hazel on Jun 15, 2007 - 5 answers

Antique Print Restoration: removing text transfer

Antique Print Restoration: I have 6 or 7 original c. 1860 Gould humming bird prints. These are large (14" x x21" +/-) hand-colored lithographs. In wonderful condition EXCEPT there is slight black "text transfer" visible on the print. This sometimes happens to antique prints when there was no tissue-guard to separate the print from the text on the opposite facing page. [more inside]
posted by toucano on Jun 11, 2007 - 2 answers

How to flatten old diplomas?

How do I safely flatten old diplomas? I have two diplomas from 1927 and 1931 that I'd like to frame. They were rolled up in a box with other items for many decades. They are a little squished (but not creased), and they want to retain their rolled up squishedness. Both are printed on a heavyish material with a plasticy feel and a slight sheen; I don't know if it is imitation vellum, or actual animal skin. The documents are from the Mary Institute at Washington University at St. Louis (1927) and Mt. Holyoke (1931) if that helps.
posted by thinman on May 26, 2007 - 12 answers

AntiqueTractorFilter: Find my dad a decal!

Please help my father find as-original decals for the 1955 Ferguson 35 Deluxe tractor he's restoring! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on May 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Vintage, beaded African art: can I even think about cleaning these on my own?

I have a couple of intricately beaded African ceremonial sashes, ca. 1960, that need cleaning (desperately! profoundly!), but I can't afford professional art restoration at this time, and don't trust non-specialists to clean them. Can I (should I?) try to do something (anything?) on my own? [more inside]
posted by taz on Apr 25, 2007 - 8 answers

Who makes historically-accurate door casing moldings?

I have a bunch of wooden casing moldings around the interior doors of our Washington, DC home, and over the past 75 to 100 years, they've taken quite a beating. I'd love to slowly replace the worst of them with identical moldings, but despite a pretty exhaustive search on my own, I can't find anyone who still carries anything with the same profile. Does anyone have any tips for molding manufacturers/sellers that have good variety, especially of moldings that are accurate to the turn-of-the-century period? [more inside]
posted by delfuego on Apr 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Help Me Become A Toy Restorer

I want to restore pressed-steel Tonka toy fire trucks, but I haven't been able to find much information on how to do so. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Jan 10, 2007 - 3 answers

cleaning mineral deposits out of a possible valuable vase

My mother needs to clean what appears to be hard water mineral deposits from an old Van Briggle vase without damaging it. Vinegar? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Dec 19, 2006 - 6 answers

How to restore faded signatures on a ceremonial document?

The ink with which we signed our ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract, in this case a beautifully illuminated one) has almost completely faded in less than three years! What should we do? [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Oct 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Who are the species in your neighborhood?

What are the most important animals for your region of the country? [more inside]
posted by salvia on May 1, 2006 - 27 answers

Preserving recorded sound

In this interesting fpp about the 2005 National Recording Registry, 'audio experts' are quoted as saying "too few people have the skills to preserve many at-risk analog sound materials." Where would one obtain these skills? [more inside]
posted by starscream on Apr 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Chrome restoration?

I have some chromed steel with pretty substantial pitting and rust. However if properly restored its relatively valuable. Is there anything I can do about this myself? If it should be done professionally, where in San Francisco might I take it?
posted by atom128 on Mar 22, 2006 - 12 answers

how to restore a painting

Art Restoration : I have an old oil-painting that is pretty grungy due to decades of living with smokers and hanging near a fireplace. I'd like to get it cleaned, but I don't know the first thing about a) finding a restorer, and b) what I can expect to pay to have the work done. [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Jan 17, 2006 - 10 answers

How to restore a huge piece of wood

Need furniture (wood) restoration tips I just made an unbelievable find in the trash on a sidewalk in manhattan (you wouldnt believe the things people throw out here). Its a solid wood restaurant butcher block table whch measures 24" X 24" X 10" thick! It weighs 85kilos / 190lbs !! I am really excited about restoring it. I have done some furniture restoration in the past but it always involved sanding the shit out of something until its bare again and refinishing it with a polyurethane or a stain of whatever flavor. In this case I think the butcher block has a lot of character (such as knife marks, dents and has also gotten a nice color from all the grease and oils it came into contact with) and I want to preserve that somehow. Its really dirty and kind of nasty at the moment. Can someone offer some suggestions about which solvents i can use to clean it thogroughly? I'm thinking denatured alcohol / mineral spirits but will that be tough enough to clean it?
posted by postergeist on Dec 28, 2005 - 11 answers

Help me restore my old bible.

I have an old (200+ years?) Bible that I want to get restored, any suggestions? Pics and more info inside. [more inside]
posted by skrike on Dec 7, 2005 - 8 answers

Gross! It smells like cat pee in here

I'm currently considering buying a circa 1900 house that has one major issue, both the first and second floors reek of cat urine. Does anyone have experience with erradicating this odor from an older home? [more inside]
posted by Yukon on Dec 1, 2005 - 15 answers

Bunny repair

Is there any way to "repair" the appearance of an old stuffed animal? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Nov 22, 2005 - 5 answers

Restoring Old Leather

I have a pair of antique oak T-back chairs with padded leather seats. The leather is old and not quite brittle, but it is cracking ever so slowly. What can I do to help restore some suppleness and health to the leather? [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Nov 12, 2005 - 4 answers

Help restoring 30's style enamel table

I have an enamel top table from the 30'2 or 40's that I am trying to restore. I've gotten all of the rust stains of the top and its looking very nice, unfortunately the metal legs are nearly rusted out. The legs are shaped like an elongated u that curves out at the bottom. Is there anywhere I can get replacements? Would a creative night with bondo do the trick? Any other ideas?
posted by a22lamia on Apr 24, 2005 - 3 answers

Anybody ever have a mirror resilvered? What did it cost? Is it something I can do myself? Is silver even used anymore?

Anybody ever have a mirror resilvered? How much did you pay for what size? Is it something I can do myself? Is silver even used anymore?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Aug 9, 2004 - 8 answers

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