Category Archives: Take Time to Evaluate Your Furniture
Put simply, it is imperative that you evaluate your furniture for refinishing before stripping off the old varnish and pulling out the sand paper. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of the popular television series “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS knows that the value of certain pieces of furniture can be drastically reduced if the original finish has been stripped.
Restoring antique wood furniture is a great way to bring new life into an otherwise dingy, scraped, and broken down piece. Therefore, when deciding on the best types of furniture to refinish, carefully consider the following:
Is the piece damaged beyond repair?
Is the furniture made of solid wood?
Are there missing parts or pieces?
Is the piece sturdy?
Does the furniture meet current-day safety standards?
Is the piece a valuable antique that should not be refinished?
After evaluating the piece of furniture for refinishing by answering the above questions, and determining that the pieces would look great with a new finish, it’s time to get started!
Reupholstering a sofa as opposed to supplanting it can conceivably spare you cash, however, the cost isn’t generally the most critical component of the choice. Procuring a decent upholsterer can be practically as costly as purchasing another piece, so the things that make the employment justified, despite all the trouble are more individual ...
People who work with old furniture tend to throw two words around: refinishing and restoring. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but the reality is they are two distinct processes. Refinishing is often part of the restoration process, but a full restoration can entail much, much more. Refinishing Refinishing is what most people think ...
It’s easy to become so addicted to refinishing that you want to redo everything in sight. While that’s fine for modern pieces, antiques, especially rare ones, can actually have value destroyed by refinishing! So how do you know it’s safe to refinish or restore? There are a couple keys. The first indicator is age. Sometimes […]
You’ve probably heard that you’re not supposed to destroy furniture’s patina when you refinish it. This is especially true of antiques. But exactly what is patina? The short answer is: you’ll know it when you see it. The long answer is a little more complex. Just as your favorite jeans and T shirt get softer, […]
One of the main benefits of refinishing furniture is the ability to furnish your home with high-quality pieces fairly inexpensively. If you’re going to take the time and effort to refinish a piece, however, you’ll want to make sure it’s sturdy enough to last the test of time. This article describes some of the hallmarks […]
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