There is one tool that I bet a lot of you don’t have in your tool box that is a “must” for furniture “redouxers”.Â The Chisel.
What can a Chisel do for me you ask?Â Â
I bring you exhibit A:
Lovely Buffet, a little too much ornamentation on the front for my client’s taste.Â
A nice Wall Cabinet with faux plastique moulding on the front. Yuk.Â
Take a Chisel, and a hammer, wedge the chisel between the moulding and the furniture.Â You may not even have an opening.Â That is O.K., just point the flat edge of the Chisel where you would like the moulding to separate from the furniture.Â Lightly tap with your hammer, the Chisel will work it’s way in.
Repeat until you have enough of the moulding loose that you can pull it off with as little damage to the piece itself.Â Â
You may have some of these left in the furniture:
Use Pliers to try to pull it out:
If that doesn’t work, just hammer the end of the finishing nail back into the piece.Â You will need to do some filler anyhow for the holes from the finishing nails that came out with the moulding.
I like to use this:
This is how my piece looked after “le plastique lattice” was pulled off.
Now it is ready for an entirely new look.
Oh yes, back to the Buffet:
So much prettier without so much fuss.
Coming soon, meet the “Planer” and the “Awl”.Â Your new best friends.