What to do with sun bleached areas on antique furniture

What to do with sun bleached areas on antique furniture

If you leave your antique furniture in an area of your home where the sun is always facing the piece or a small area on the piece, the colour of the wood will fade and go lighter. This can take many years to happen but it can affect the value of your furniture quite substantially. There is not much you can do other than re polish the piece completely but there are a few thing you can try first. This is not guaranteed to work but it definitely helps, try rubbing rub some teak oil into the sun bleached area with either a soft cotton cloth or some cotton wool. Leave it to dry for a couple of days and then repeat again maybe three or four times but always leave to dry for a couple of days between coats. When the colour looks better use some Fiddes coloured wax (we stock different shades for different woods) and rub in the area with a cotton cloth and buff to a shine. Repeat this waxing a few times in the same way and leave drying times. Once the area is looking closer to the original colour, wax the entire pice several times all over to blend in the area better. The other option is to try a liquid wax like a scratch cover and polish, also seen on our restoration section on our website as this can penetrate to wood really well and the colour can soak in quicker. Either of these options  will either completely sort the problem or if not it will look far better than it did. I would always recommend testing a very small patch first to ensure there are no bad reactions or discolorations. To protect it from happening again either move the piece away from the sunlight area, put up shades or curtains and always wax the area on a regular basis to protect it further.

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12 thoughts on “What to do with sun bleached areas on antique furniture

  1. Great tips. I had this problem with an old bureau that had some fading down the side. I followed your guide and am truly amazed at the result. I have since moved it to avoid any further sun damage. Thankyou for helping me to save a treasured family heirloom.

  2. I have an antique walnut table made in France. It is now sunfaded. I applied beeswax furniture polish which enhances the color when applied, and within a day it is faded again. Will I need to remove the wax to put something else on the table to enhance the color, and finally to protect the dried wood? Or is there a product I can now apply to the wood to enhance it? Thanks.

      1. I have 2 bloon back chairs I noticed that one is darker than the other one any ideas on how to get the other one darker same as the other wallnut colour

  3. I have 2 bloon back chairs I noticed that one is darker than the other one any ideas to put lighter one back to wallnut colour please thanks

  4. I have an upright Caliisa piano with what we think is a mahogany casing. The wood has faded in the sun. Please can you suggest how we can restore the faded wood?
    Thank you Lynda

    1. Hi
      I would follow the instructions on the blog page and if this does not work I would recommend to get a furniture restorer to view it
      Kind regards

    1. Hi
      The only thing you will be able to do is strip off the old surface and re polish the entire top as the nail varnish will have probably melted the old polish.

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