I am a lover of filling my home with things that tell a story. I love that our kitchen table was handmade by my father-in-law. I love that the desk that I am writing this on is made from an old door.
So, I am constantly searching dark and dirty corners of stranger‚ basements and garages. Auctions make it on my calendar often, especially when it is listed as a town & country‚ sale instead of a fine art auction. And, I arrive early to sniff out the perfect treasures at an estate sale.
The search is always on for the perfect trinket or accessory, a piece of furniture that just fits the spot I have been looking for. And when the perfect piece is found, there is a rush and a joy that goes to my toes. Wherever that piece ends up in my home, it brings joy.
Sometimes, however, these pieces need a major overhaul. Anything from a new coat of paint, fixing pieces or a total re-purpose.
But sometimes, that perfect piece that has been forgotten about in a dark corner and just needs a really good cleaning.
Such is the case with this chair long forgotten about and long since loved. And, there is so much to love about this chair, leather, gold accents, cane back, carvings and gorgeous legs. All she needs is a good cleaning and a place in the spotlight.
I am going to share the four tricks of how I got her all spruced up and ready to be loved and bring joy once again.
These tips are perfect for finding the diamond in any rough.
Tip 1 - Remove all of the loose dirt with an air can
Make your job a little easier but using an air can to blow off any loose dirt, debris and cobwebs. Don't forget to go underneath, inside drawers and inside drawer openings. Be sure to read the can directions to make sure you don't damage the wood or fabrics.
Tip 2 - Use a toothbrush to get in the grooves
After the loose dirt is removed, you have to get down to the next level. When there is carving or detail work, wiping over the top won't work. Spray in some cleaner and use a toothbrush to loosen it up. Spray a second time and wipe away the dirt and debris.
Tip 3 - Use a natural degreaser to remove sticky residue
Who knows where it came from or what it is, and sometimes it is best not to know, but often vintage pieces have a build up on them. I once cleaned a cabinet that must have been in a kitchen. It had layer upon layer of grease and dust combined together. The only thing that removed it was a degreaser. Make sure to read the application directions and where it can be used. There are many natural ones that use citrus to remove build up that are more gentle - but some will remove the finish. Use caution and always test it in a non-visible place.
Tip 4 - Use Endust Dusting & Cleaning Spray
For the final step, use Endust dusting and cleaning spray to leave a clean surface. It will quickly and easily pick up dust and remove allergens, fingerprints and smudges. And my favorite part is that it is silicone-free so it will leave a natural shine without any residue or build-up. And did you know you could use it on more than just wood, including vinyl and smooth leather?
And, you can also use it on painted surfaces, perfect for the green foyer table she now resides next to.
Yup, perfect for this beautiful chair to find her day in the sun!
And she brings me joy each time I walk past her and which was always her destiny!