How to restore and refresh old furnishings using pyrography
Pyrography is a great technique for creating unique art pieces, as well as restoring old and tarnished wooden pieces to give them a new life. Sheds and storage rooms are often packed with out-of-use wooden pieces of furniture, tools, and appliances. Most often, wooden chairs and tables, tool boxes, storage boxes, and bowls are sitting in our storage, not looking bad enough to be thrown away, yet too tarnished to be kept in our homes. A lot of these items can be restored and treated with pyrography to transform into wonderful pieces of art. You can later keep them to yourself, give them away as a present or even donate them. Anyway you choose to go, the very process of giving a piece of wood its live back while practicing your favorite hobby is rewarding per se. Here are some pieces of wooden furniture you can restore with woodburning.
Old mirrors and picture frames
Cracked, damaged, tarnished, old mirror and picture can often give chills to anyone looking at them. Regardless of the previous value of these items, once they start to show signs of aging, most of us will quickly get rid of them. These pieces often attract dust, insects, and cobweb, wich makes them very unappealing to anyone who is not a fan of dark gothic. To bring these items back to life, you can refresh them with woodburnt floral patterns and shading. Rosettes, Celtic symbols, along with some careful shading, will definitely look beautiful on any type of wood. These items will be, again, welcomed in your home as pieces of art, or become a great gift to someone you care about. If you are bold enough to torch the entire frame, it will give it that antique, victorian mystery look. If you want to introduce a dramatic piece into your living space, torching is the way to go.
Tables and chairs
As being some of the costlier household furnishings, sets of chairs, as well as coffee tables, should not be easily abandoned. In this day and age, having a collection of wooden furniture is a symbol of sophistication, as a lot of people don’t care much about it. For this reason, if you own pieces of aged, wooden furniture, think twice before letting them. Especially if the pieces are functional. If they have some stains or visible damages, you can use woodburning, torching and shading particularly, to cover these flaws and restore these pieces to their initial shine. For an elegant, dramatic effect, use torching and shading to frame edges and angles of coffee tables. If you are a fan of lively images and patterns, allow your creativity to show. To restore wooden chairs, you can do linear or floral patterns on legs or images on the seat. Either way, enjoy woodburning in style your heart desires.
Allow your creativity to guide you and enjoy every step of the process. Also, enjoy thinking about environmental awareness that shows in your work, because restoring wooden items is a form of recycling. You are also contributing to environmental protection by using old items instead of buying new ones.