How to Restore Art Deco Furniture

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How to Restore Art Deco Furniture
Art Deco light fixture (lamp lighted, isolated image by JoLin from

Unlike other antiques, the style of Art Deco must be kept in pristine condition in order to retain its original beauty and intention. The materials associated with the style tend to be chrome, glass and highly polished woods that require care and maintenance to keep them in good condition. However, you can restore such pieces and bring them back to life. The material of the piece determines the steps that you should take toward restoration.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Brown paper
  • Iron
  • Polish
  • Leather conditioner
  • Pieces of glass or wood (optional)

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    Replace glass used for table tops and cabinet doors easily by having glass cut to your specifications and closely observing how the original piece was held in place.

  2. 2

    Restore leather furniture by first removing the stain using a gentle facial scrub, but be careful not to let leather to get too wet. Then apply a leather conditioner to the leather to restore appearance and remove scuffs.

  3. 3

    Clean chrome or aluminium with gentle dish soap or polish scratches with polish from a hardware or auto repair shop.

  4. 4

    Refurbish wood veneer components by placing a sheet of brown paper over the wood and ironing the surface to melt the original glue and smooth out imperfections that have accumulated over time.

Tips and warnings

  • Wood is the most difficult part of Art Deco furniture to restore because it is often highly polished and/or cut into unusual shapes. Begin by practicing on different piece of wood or the back of the piece.

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