Antique Dining Sets Bring Grandeur To Your Home

September 5, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Your dining room is a reflection of your personality and lifestyle. It is the place where you gather with family and friends. You can add elegance to your dining room with antique dining sets. Besides being stylish and attractive, black leather dining chairs are excellent for balancing tones around your dining room. The ease of maintenance and stain hiding abilities of dark leather also makes it an attractive choice. Although quality antique dining sets can be expensive, with regular maintenance and the right products, you can enjoy your investment for years to come. Follow these useful tips to protect and care for your black leather dining chairs with minimum effort: Know your leather: Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions. Your retailer may ...

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Antique Desks Tell Great Stories

August 8, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Remember the old-time movies where powerful men and women sat behind ornate desks? Many a classic was written on one of those, with an oil lamp and the end of a feather dipped into ink. As the desk has evolved over the years, different styles, features, etc. have come into being. From the secretary style to a partner’s desk to a library table, each of these antiques have their own unique characteristics. If you are visiting antique stores to find a stylish, antique desk, you’ll find that there are many different types to choosae from. The Types Of Antique Desks You Will Find At Antique Stores Some of the more common antique desks you can shop for at Carrocel fine furniture ...

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Tips For Keeping Antique Upholstery Clean

July 15, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 10 Comments on Tips For Keeping Antique Upholstery Clean

  Cleaning and maintaining your antique furniture is necessary, but sometimes, cleaning antique upholstery can actually destroy the value of the piece. Most antique furniture pieces have very delicate fibres used to upholster them, which means using the wrong furniture refinishing method could permanently destroy the piece. The main purpose of furniture refinishing is to preserve the original techniques, materials and beauty of the item. Therefore, it is best to consult an expert before refinishing your own vintage furniture. Tips For Maintaining Antique Upholstery While a professional is your best option for antique furniture upholstery, there are ways you can maintain and clean your upholstery without destroying its value. Some things you can do, include: Taking Care Of Spills Appropriately ...

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Visiting Antique Stores In Toronto? Plan The Perfect Shopping Trip

June 27, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

  It does not matter if you are a collector or you are just looking for antiques to spruce up your space, antique shopping takes a little more prep work than your average trip to the mall. It is easy to find deals at some local antique stores in Toronto, and those deals can be hard to pass up. This means you need to take a little time before your antique adventure so that you can walk away with exactly what you want, and no regrets. Make A List Of The Types Of Antiques You Want Make a list of what you are looking for. Perhaps you want to find an armoire or you are looking for an antique platter ...

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Furniture Repair Takes A Lot More Than A Quick Patch-Up

June 17, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 2 Comments on Furniture Repair Takes A Lot More Than A Quick Patch-Up

  Antique furniture is not like your garden variety furniture you find at big box stores—it is unique; therefore, the care and repair is equally unique. Before you try furniture repairs on your antique pieces, consider these tips and evaluate whether or not you should call in a professional. Things To Consider When Performing Antique Furniture Repairs Research The Piece You Are About To Repair: What era is it from? What materials and techniques were used to create it? Find out the value of the item as well. If the item is worth thousands, it is best to hire a professional for the repair or restoration process. If the item is not of very high monetary value, you may want ...

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DIY Furniture Repair Tips

May 27, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 1 Comment on DIY Furniture Repair Tips

Preserve The Value Of Your Antiques With Professional Furniture Repairs While it is okay to do minor furniture repairs like fixing small scratches, dents and tears yourself, it is preferable to leave antique repairs and refinishing to the professionals. Without the right tools and training, you could damage the appearance of vintage items and diminish their value. Here are some common furniture repairs you can attempt: Minor scratches Rub the paste of a Walnut or Brazil nut into the scratch of light to medium coloured wood. The oil will darken the scratch and the paste will level it off. Then buff with a cloth. A similar-coloured wax crayon would also work. Fill in the scratch then use a hot dry ...

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Brighten Up Your Home With Antique Mirrors And Lighting

May 13, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Antique mirrors and lighting can brighten up your home beautifully, in an affordable way. The very features you fell in love with while purchasing your home, for example, lots of trees for privacy and shade can sometimes turn out to be a problem as they block natural light and darken your home. Your home could be dark for several reasons such as: A deeply wooded property Trees too close to the house Fewer or smaller windows Low ceilings Deep eaves Faux beams Dark paint A dark home does not always mean expensive renovations. There are smart ways to brighten it up with stylish accessories like antique mirrors and lighting which will cost far less than adding windows, installing glass doors ...

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Your Guide To Buying Bargain Antique Dining Room Tables

April 29, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Antique dining tables make a stunning impression. They provide a stylish backdrop for your dinner parties and family gatherings while gracing your home with old-world charm. Finding the right piece for your dining room however, takes time and effort. Authentic antique furniture can also call for a substantial investment. That does not mean you cannot own an antique. A good way to save on cost is to buy a bargain antique table and have it professionally restored to its original glory. Here is Carrocel’s guide to buying bargain antiques: Do your homework on the different antique styles e.g. Jacobean, Georgian, Early American, art deco, art moderne, etc. (Read more about How To Identify Antique Styles) and also get an idea ...

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The Difference Between Upcycling, Recycling, And Antique Refinishing

April 15, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Preserve Sentiment And Value With Professional Antique Restorations Quality antique restorations can give worn out furniture a new lease on life. Concern for the environment and sentimental attachment for heritage items is causing more people to think about how they can salvage vintage items rather than dispose of them in the landfill. One environmentally-friendly trend that has caught on is the upcycling of old-fashioned items. What Is The Difference Between Upcycling, Recycling And Antique Refinishing? Upcycling involves taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative. Many people consider this to be a form of recycling, which involves breaking down the item and using the materials ...

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Professional Furniture Refinishing Tips For Damaged Antique Items

March 18, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 3 Comments on Professional Furniture Refinishing Tips For Damaged Antique Items

Quick And Easy Fixes For Damaged Wood Antique furniture refinishing is best left to a professional restoration service. This will help avoid damage and preserve the value of the item. You can, however, do minor restorations for other furniture items in your home fairly easily. Water damage to finished tables, nicks and scratches on wood surfaces, and remnants of perfume or hairspray are some of the typical damages that we see. Here are quick and easy furniture refinishing tips to help tackle these common problems: Undoing water damage: Wet glasses or vases, hot dishes and water spills often leave unsightly white marks (or rings) on your wooden table. These marks occur as a result of moisture seeping into the finish. ...

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How To Boost The Value And Maximize Profit With Your Antique Chairs

March 4, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Your Antique Chairs And Vintage Furniture Can Fetch Top Dollar! There is no doubt that antique chairs and other types of vintage furniture can fetch you good returns. Remember however, that the selling price is determined by a number of factors including market conditions and the demand for your piece at the time of sale. Here are 10 tips from the experts at Carrocel Restorations to help you get optimal returns. Buy from established vintage furniture dealers: Association memberships are a good way to determine their credibility. Invest in things you like: Whether you choose antique chairs or other types of vintage furniture, you should be happy to have them in your home. Financial value is a bonus. Remember that ...

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Factors To Consider Before Investing In Antique Lighting And Mirrors

February 18, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Considering investing in antique lighting or mirrors? While antiques can fetch you rewarding returns, a lot depends on the quality, public taste and market conditions. Experts also caution against putting more than 10 to 15 percent of the value of your investment portfolio into art and antiques. The most rewarding returns, however, come from enjoying the beautiful items that lend grace and style to your home. That they may fetch you top dollar in the years to come is an added incentive to own antique mirrors and/or lighting. It also helps that antiques and collectibles have become increasingly popular in the past few years. Here are some valuable tips on buying and selling antique furniture: Research Reduces Risk: This means ...

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How To Reupholster Antique Dining Chairs

January 15, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Do your beautiful antique dining chairs need a facelift? Reupholstering them is a great way to give them a fresh new look and brighten up the space. If you have the time and the inclination, you can even try to do it yourself. Below are step-by-step instructions to help you: Remove the seat from your antique chair with the help of a screwdriver. Trace the seat (leaving ¼” on all sides) to create a cardboard template. Use the template to trace and cut foam for each chair. Fix the foam on each seat with the help of an adhesive. Cut your fabric to size: to determine what size you’ll need for each seat, measure the width of your seat across ...

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Quick Tips For Evaluating Antique Furniture

January 7, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 2 Comments on Quick Tips For Evaluating Antique Furniture

Are you in the market to buy antique furniture? Do you know what to look for? If you are new to this, you could end up paying more than necessary or worse, buying a piece that is not authentic. In such cases, it is best to go to antique dealers you can trust. There are many who misrepresent new furniture as genuine antiques; to an untrained eye, it is hard to tell the difference. We have highlighted some important points to make note of while purchasing antique furniture. This is not a comprehensive guide but offers some hints to help steer you in the right direction. 10 Tips For A Quick Evaluation Of Antique Furniture: The dimensions of old furniture ...

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Considering Furniture Refinishing? Think About Furniture Reupholstery Too

December 20, 2013 BY Carrocel Interiors | 13 Comments on Considering Furniture Refinishing? Think About Furniture Reupholstery Too

Furniture Refinishing Most old furniture can look beautiful when restored to pristine condition.Furniture refinishing is one way you can restore an old-looking piece of furniture. However, if you really want to breathe new life into your furniture, you might also want to consider furniture reupholstery. Doing so gives old furniture a new look while retaining the original charm. This can turn a relatively boring piece into something more unique and stylish. Furniture Reupholstery However, before you do any furniture reupholstery, you should make sure that the furniture is not a rare antique. Furniture reupholstering can sometimes decrease the value of some pieces, especially if they are crafted or manufactured by a well-known name and are considered works of art. If ...

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