A neighbor recently had a house fire. Sadly they lost a lot of their possessions before it was put out by the local fire department. Some of their furniture survived the fire but many of them were severely smoke damaged. Most of these items were antiques that belonged to her grandmother. I seen her putting them out for the trash to pickup. So I walked over and asked could I try to save them for her.
Step 1: The Smoke Damaged Furniture
You will need to inspect the damage before you begin to make sure they can be saved. Luckily these did not have any actual fire damage it was just smoke damage. She has a table, dresser, and buffet that I worked on. As you can see the table was in the worse shape. When I made this Instructable I was still in process of working on it.
Step 2: Items You Will Need
You will need the following items:
FURNITURE REFINISHER (Miwax or Formby's work the best)
00 / 0000 STEEL WOOL
HEAT GUN (for removing melted plastic of candles)
DRILL GUN W/ WIRE BRUSH (Optional)
WD40 (for rusted metal)
Step 3: Getting Started
FIRST Put on your gloves, face mask and protective eye wear)
Then pour the furniture refinished in a quart cup. I filled it about 1/2 full.
Next, place the steel wool in the cup and let sit for a few minutes.
Step 4: A Lot of Elbow Grease
Remove the steel wool from the cup and begin rubbing the furniture with the grain ( this helps keep the finish nice). You wont have to rub hard, just rub back and forth. You will notice a black residue coming up. Take your rag and wipe this up and keep rubbing the smoke stain out. Sometimes this can take several passes. Rub the entire piece of furniture. Let air dry for 15 minutes. Inspect and repeat if needed.
Step 5: In Progess
Here you can see how after several passes the smoke stains start to come loose from the wood.
Step 6: Wax
After you have cleaned the smoke stains away. Its time to wax the furniture. I put 2 coats on of feed and wax. Just apply in small circles over entire piece.
Step 7: Finished
After apply the feed and wax I let the pieces sit out in the Sun for a while to dry. Mind you that this took about 5 hours to do. Its not hard just take a lot of patience and elbow grease. I didn't many pictures since my hands had chemicals and such on them.
Step 8: BEFORE AND AFTER
As you can see the contrast is very dramatic. She was thrilled to get these pieces back.
Step 9: Still in Progress
I'm still working on her table since it had the most damage. As you can tell with on of the leaf's up that some times you can save trash and turn it back into a treasure.