If there is a good-quality Soviet-era wardrobe in the house, garage or shed, hurry to get rid of it, it can still decorate the interior of your apartment. Of course, the transformation process will take a lot of time and will require some financial costs, but in the end it will be possible to save money and get a designer piece of furniture instead of an outdated cabinet.
Old solid furniture, despite a shabby or outdated look, will be able to delight creative owners for many more years if they decide to renovate. And it is not necessary to go to a restoration workshop, where you will have to pay a tidy sum for the update. You can do this yourself if you know where to start and what materials you need.
Before any transformations, if possible, it is better to disassemble the furniture or at least remove the mirror, as in the case of the restoration of the old cabinet, which the young mistress took over. The girl liked the classic model and the quality of the material so much that she decided to make it more modern. If it is not possible to disassemble the furniture without damage, then it is better to do only by removing the handles and the mirror.
After that, you should inspect all surfaces and if chips, veneer detachments or deep scratches are found, they need to be masked with furniture putty. As well as the holes from the handles.
Advice: If you decide to mask the holes for the pens, then you can do this with a syringe. Putty is drawn into it and the voids are carefully filled.
When the material is dry, all surfaces of the cabinet must be sanded and thoroughly cleaned of dust and residues of paint and varnish materials. It is better not to ignore this action if you decide to paint the cabinet in light colors.
Now you can start priming the outer surfaces, although it will not be superfluous to open the inner space. If the primer is not water-based, the authors of Novate.ru strongly recommend working in a respirator and in a well-ventilated area.
After the material has dried, the painted surfaces should be inspected and, if irregularities or sagging are found, they should be leveled with fine-grained emery paper.
After dedusting, you can open it with paint. In order to obtain a more uniform tone, it is better to apply at least 2 coats of paint, allowing time to dry. When the paint is dry and the cabinet is in place, you can fix the mirror and fittings, and then put things in their places.
Those who liked the result of the budget renovation of the old cabinet should watch the video filmed by the craftswoman.
The furniture of the Soviet era, although it was not particularly beautiful, but there is no doubt about its reliability even now. For this reason, many are trying to update with their own hand the "living out" cabinets, sideboards, dressing table, bedside tables, etc., creating worthy items that will decorate the modern interior.
Enthusiastic people will not be stopped even by the lack of old furniture, which can be turned into a stylish and necessary piece of furniture. There are enthusiasts who are able to create a necessary and interesting thing even from unnecessary cardboard boxes. As, for example, one craftswoman did it, turning ordinary trash in the original bedside table for little things.