Fire is devastating, and often, it seems like there’s no way back once something is damaged from it. And even if something doesn’t get burned away, the thick, black, gritty layer of smoke residue makes many people think that a piece of smoke damaged furniture is beyond hope.
But if you’re willing to put in a little elbow grease, you can take a blackened and sooty piece of wooden furniture, and restore it to its former glory, giving it a new lease on life.
In fact, it’s really amazing how many sad, falling-apart things can make a full recovery thanks to some intrepid people seeing the beauty hidden under the damage and grime.
While restoring furniture takes time and effort, but it also means that something gets a second chance, and gets saved from the landfill. And that means that one less thing goes to waste and becomes trash.
And sometimes it’s not just about saving an item, but saving a memory.
That was what inspired Instructables user Wells1784. His neighbor had a house fire and they sadly lost many possessions before the firefighters could put out the flames.
In addition, many other possessions were heavily damaged, including some old wooden furniture that had belonged to the woman’s grandmother.
Seeing her put these pieces out for trash collection, Wells1784 kindly offered to restore them for her, and let her grandmother’s furniture live on.