If you are remodeling or restoring an old house, period pieces and reclaimed fixtures are always the best options for replacing a broken item. But, what if you need to replace something that isn't made any longer or you can't find at the local antique store? Read on to get some tips for replacing what's been lost without it sticking out like a sore thumb.
The Internet is a marvelous tool and it really is good for more than checking email. Social networking and other sites can be used to help you locate a particular part or fixture from anywhere in the world. Look for a site that specializes in antique or reclaimed items. You never know what someone else may already have found.
Wood can be salvaged from poor conditions and often still be used. However, things like staircase spindles, ornate crown moldings and baseboards, for example, often have pieces that are no longer usable. Simply replacing it with a new piece of wood sounds easy, but the real trick is making it look old. Quality carpentry work carried out by true artisans can give these replacement pieces an authentic look. If done right, these pieces should fit in with the existing pieces seamlessly.
Glass and Mirrors
While old glass and mirrors can be beautiful, oftentimes they don't function as well as you want them to for modern day purposes. Sometimes the glass in an old window might be cracked or just leaking horribly, and mirror glass can lose its reflective coating. To make the best use of the frames for these, which let's face it can be beautiful, contact a custom glass maker. They can make whatever size or shape piece of glass you need. In many cases, they can also tint the glass to match the shade of the original. This is especially important if you're only replacing one or two panes in a multi-paned door or window.
Before you start any restoration project, remember to check with the local historical society and see if your home is on the historical registry. If it is, there may be extra steps needed to verify the authenticity of your restoration parts and even limit the items you can reproduce. They might also have sources for replacement items and qualified contractors as well. With authentic period pieces or well-made reproduction parts, your restoration project is well on its way to becoming a huge success.
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