Home Renovation Tips and Tricks

Restore, renovate, skate and maintain… All the techniques to restore a mirror, renovate old lace, clean the brass and cast iron, protect a work plan in oak…

Clean the Brass

Copper tends to tarnish quickly. Here’s a recipe easy to make and very effective.

Material

Vinegar

Flour

Salt

Newsprint

Wool cloth

Method

To restore the shine, the simplest of recipes is to use lemon juice.

If it is very dirty, use a paste made up in equal parts of white vinegar (or lemon juice) of flour and a bit of salt.

Apply this mixture to the cloth.

Leave, then rub in circular motions.

Rinse and Polish with a cloth of wool.

That brilliant rest longer, copper polishing the object by rubbing it with a rolled newspaper into a ball.

To clean the Golden brass, use a brush soft and soapy water. Wash, rinse and shine with a soft, clean cloth.

Restore a Carved Wooden Frame

Material

Arabois wood or Resin Putty

Very fine sandpaper

Tracing paper

Medium Board

A mini scroll

Wood glue

Method

If the framework presents a small break or a small hole, just to fill with PuTTY arabois, after taking care to clean the part to repair wood or resin.

Let dry. Remove the surplus with a knife before sanding with very fine sandpaper.

If a piece of framework is missing, it is possible to reproduce in him that then by deferring on a Board of medium of the same thickness as the wood of the frame.

Create a pattern a little larger than missing, so you can adjust it and paste it at the appropriate time.

Cut out the pattern to the mini to scroll and adjust before sticking with wood glue.

Where to find?

Wood, arabois resin, wood glue PuTTY: Laverdure.

Very fine sandpaper, medium, mini scroll Sandwick: Castorama.

Tracing paper: paper mills and store specialized fine arts

Restore Original Color of Terracotta Tiles

Material

Hydrochloric acid

Linseed oil or product water repellent

Liquid wax

Repellent treatment

Method

If the ground has traces and spots of wax, mortar, carefully clean the floor with a dilution of hydrochloric acid.

To protect it, apply up to saturation of linseed oil or a matte product water repellent which does not alter its appearance.

To maintain the ground, wet mopping, and from time to time, dilute mild soap (Glycerin) or liquid wax that will feed.

For the soil more exposed to oily stains, as in a kitchen, a repellent treatment is recommended.

Where to find?

Hydrochloric acid, linseed oil or wax liquid, product water repellent Sikagard for porous materials: drugstore or at Leroy Merlin.

Fila repellent treatment: Raboni and Palatino.

Renovate a Former Marble

As an alternative to special care products marble, can also be used a recipe from grand-mother, very effective.

Material

Chloride of lime

White of Spain

Waterproofing

Method

Prepare a mixture comprising 25 g of chloride of lime, 0.5 liter of water and white of Spain.

Apply the Paste on the surface to be treated.

Leave an hour, then rinse with clear water.

To protect and regain the Polish of the marble, apply a waterproofer.

The maintenance is done on a regular basis from the soapy water to which we can add a little bleach or SOAP.

In all cases, carefully rinse these products with clear water.

Where to find?

Chloride of lime: Laverdure.

White of Spain: drugstore and Castorama.

Waterproofing crystallizing Nordin brothers SP.

Restore Cement Tiles

As the cement tiles are colored on the surface, avoid use of too aggressive products, acid hydrochloric very effective type for the terracotta, which would destroy the surface color.

Material

Mild detergent

Cloth

Brush

Brush

Water repellent

Wax finishing special stone

Method

For sprung old tiles, prefer a gentle detergent that will not alter patterns in brushing.

Follow the operating instructions.

Once the tiles perfectly clean and dry, without brush, a treatment water repellent microporous.

To revive the colors, apply a finishing wax special stone with a rag.

Where to find?

Mild detergent, cleanser Special stone and cement: Fila at Palatino.

Brush, brush: Castorama.

Water-repellent microporous: among specialists as the cement of the tower and

Palatino.

Wax finishing special stone: Palatino.

Renovating An Old Lace

Very fragile, lace tend to turn yellow and will tarnish with time.

Laundry to the old Marie Lavande (83, AV Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, 01 44 67 78 78), gives us his recipe for resurfacing them.

Before any operation, it must ensure that laundry does no thread color that would be bleached with the product

Material

White Nuclear

Method

Plunge lace into a bath of hot water with white Nuclea and soak for two hours. Rinse well to avoid that the product does not leave a light green veil on weaving.

Let dry in the Sun taking care to ask the fine lace flat on a wooden board on which whites will have been previously set.

For drying of small parts, slightly starch lace before wrap on a bottle, as did our grandmothers, to not misrepresent the reasons.

Skate Milk Paint Wood

A very simple recipe to whiten wood quickly, giving shades of white gray without remove the veins. Deco effect guaranteed.

Material

Stripper or specific decireur.

White acrylic paint

Brush

Brush

Cloth

Method

If the wood is waxed or painted, it must firstly scrape it with a stripper or a specific decireur.

Brush and dust carefully support.

If support presents an old paint white or clear, we can leave some traces for a “vintage” effect

Dilute white acrylic paint with water until you have a fairly liquid mixture.

Pass the milk of paint with a flat brush by possibly wiping with a cloth to give a more veiled effect.

Dries, the wood absorbs some of the tint and reveal the roughness of his grain.

For a more sustained white patina, pass a second layer.

Where to find?

Stripper or specific decireur, white acrylic paint: Castorama.

Below, you will find a selection of other products of the brand:

Sinks, showers, faucets, garlands, bathtubs, cushions, grills, lamps to ask, furniture of bathroom, mirrors, lampshades, sconces and lampshades, benches, boxes and baskets, planters, frames, sinks, hoods, furniture kitchen, bins and baskets…

Restore a Mirror

Material

A dremel mini

Silver powder or silver paint

Method

To restore a mirror which the tain is partially damaged and stung, work on the other side of the mirror.

Using a mini-meule (Dremel), gently sand the damaged parts to remove the mercury that is no longer

Dust off the surface and apply the brush to the powder of silver or silver on the sanded parts paint.

Attention: this renovation practice on mirrors that have little value. For an old and valuable model, it is better to entrust it to a specialized craftsman decoration. Here at Vintagenowtrending.com you can get more models of the home decoration ideas.

Where to find?

Mini-dremel: BHV

Silver powder, silver paint: Adam and fine arts stores

Clean Black Melt

Here, the door black cast-iron kept a beautiful appearance thanks to an old recipe from cheministe.

Material

Black Polish

Brush

Method

To give the cast a beautiful color, start by rubbing it with a steel brush to remove any particles of rust and dust which is would be filed.

Once clean and dusted, apply evenly over the entire surface to recolor black basic shoe Polish or, for a subtle effect, a mixture more or less slab of Brown, blue, black, red…

Polish with a cloth.

To maintain the elements in cast iron, regularly pass a new coat of Polish.

Note: the melting, porous material absorbs the wax once it is applied and polished, it is therefore unlikely to mark the hands.

Clean the Silver Cutlery

We know many recipes of grandmothers to clean silverware, but the dough to Meudon white base seems to be one of the most effective.

Material

Meudon white

Cleaning alcohol

Soft brush

Soft cloth or chamois leather

Method

Mix a tablespoon of Meudon white with two tablespoons of household alcohol. Pass this paste on the covered with a thin cloth.

For covered in carved handle, use a small soft brush (toothbrush style) to apply the preparation.

Let dry and rub with a soft cloth or chamois skin. If there are signs in the reliefs, use a little lemon juice or alcohol to remove them.

Note: to make money oxidizes more slowly, use a trick of jeweler to store the cutlery. Put them in a dark flannel or a dark silk paper.

Where to find?

White of Meudon, household alcohol, Shammy: Castorama

Below, you will find a selection of other products of the brand:

Sinks, showers, faucets, garlands, bathtubs, cushions, grills, lamps to ask, furniture of bathroom, mirrors, lampshades, sconces and lampshades, benches, boxes and baskets, planters, frames, sinks, hoods, furniture kitchen, bins and baskets…

Clean Up Old Sheets

Françoise Schuler, precious ancient textiles at the Saint-Ouen flea market, gives us his recipe to clean up old sheets.

Material

Bleach

White Nuclear

Method

When it comes to parts of linen and white cotton yellow, pass them to the machine at 90 ° C with a dose of bleach water taking care not to exceed the dose indicated by the manufacturer.

For the pieces in lace, like pillow cases pillow, or fragile linen, hand wash in a bath of very hot water with mild detergent for woolens for example and, possibly, Nuclear white.

For resurfacing parts yellowed, multiply the dose of white Nuclear tenfold.

Attention: when buying old sheets, check that there are no yellow spots. They are impossible to remove.

On the other hand, small spots of rust is to remove fairly easily with a specific stain removers.

Protect a Plan in Slate

Very strong and little porous material slate must be impregnated as soon as its installation to avoid the appearance of white spots.

These manipulations must be carried out on a perfectly dry media, for more efficiency. Apply a product hyrdofuge no film which, while protecting the stone, gives it its original appearance until saturation.

Repeat 3 days later for maximum effect. For a wet look, go to the brush a color intensifier.

Stone talks easily with, preferably, black SOAP.

Protect and Maintain a Solid Oak Work Plan

This is done in 2 time on a previously scoured, clean and dry wood.

Material

Matte varnish

Brush or brush

Method

With the help of a brush or a brush put a first coat of matte varnish diluted, then let dry. Let dry, then reel off slightly with a thin paper to eliminate the small roughness of wood and better resistance. Dust.

Apply the second without dilution.

Finally, for maintenance, a simple sponge is sufficient.

Where to find?

Varnish mat, brush or brush: Castorama.

Below, you will find a selection of other products of the brand:

Sinks, showers, faucets, garlands, bathtubs, cushions, grills, lamps to ask, furniture of bathroom, mirrors, lampshades, sconces and lampshades, benches, boxes and baskets, planters, frames, sinks, hoods, furniture kitchen, bins and baskets…

Décatir or Detach the Old Flax

In this room, bed linen has been cut in large parts of old linen. An idea, because this fabric lends itself to the set decoration.

But before you cut it, cut it and sew it, it takes him décatir, i.e. to remove the primer. To this, let it soak for at least an entire day in cold water, then let it air dry. You can of course leave it as what, more or less offending or even iron it to smooth it.

If linen is stained, the manufacturers advise to pass fat SOAP, type SOAP, dry on the dirt before immersing in water and rinse it.

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