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Is It Alright To Ever Refinish An Old Iron Bed

By Bobby Smithers

It can take a lot of research to learn all of the ins and outs of antiques. There is so much to know about so many different things if you want to be well versed in a variety of them. Glassware is different than paintings. You can have both of those cleaned and repaired and it will likely make them worth a little more. If you intending to alter piece of wooden furniture, then that is a different thing all together. Wooden antique furniture for the most part is better left completely alone with only a little light cleaning from time to time. Metal objects, like an old iron bed can be tricky too.

If you have an original, hand crafted cast iron bed made from a sand cast mold, then this means it was one of the first iron beds. In great original condition, it might be best to leave it alone, but finding one of these best in great condition is rare. Even an iron bed that was manufactured after the early1900′s is not likely to be in great shape and people refinish those all of the time. It is up to you to determine whether or not you want to make the bed look better by refinishing it or not.

If your old iron bed is perhaps a family treasure to you and has been passed down many generations, you might consider having it refinished professionally. This is one way to ensure that it will be done correctly and that the bed frame will not be harmed in the process. Having the bed powder coated by a professional will make the new paint surface much more durable and resistant to chipping. If the bed is not that sentimental to you because you perhaps bought it a thrift store or garage sale, then you might very well be able to refinish it on your own with just a little instruction.

Before you begin to refinish your iron bed, make sure you have all of the instruction and supplies that you need. It is important that when you refinish any object that you start with a very clean surface and cleaning old painted metal can be time consuming. You will need to be patient and do the job well or the new paint finish will not be very durable or attractive. Follow the instructions for refinishing step by step and you should end up with a beautiful old bed frame that you can use for many more years.

If you don’t have an old iron bed that is a family piece to pass down, then if you bought a new one you could be purchasing a new family treasure that can passed down to your later generations. All family treasures were purchased by a family member somewhere back up the line, so why not start a new heirloom with a beautiful new iron bed?

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