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10 Tips for Restoring Old Furniture


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Safety First
You always need to wear the proper safety equipment, even if you're an expert furniture restorer.
You always need to wear the proper safety equipment, even if you're an expert furniture restorer.
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When embarking on a furniture restoration project, be sure you have safety in the front of your mind. The last thing you want to do is have a splinter of wood accidentally lodge itself into your eye or be overcome by harsh fumes.

Make sure you wear long-sleeved clothing to protect your skin from harmful chemicals found in wood strippers and varnish. Use safety glasses to shield your eyes. If you're stripping or varnishing a piece, wear a mask and work in a well-ventilated room to keep strong vapors at bay.


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