Do you have furniture you could never let go of, no matter how rough it looks?
A lot of us also have cheap furniture that we don’t really care about either way, and for a lot of us once we’ve gotten our money’s worth out of it, it’s time to just get rid of it. The more expensive or sentimental items are well worth the price of repair/refinishing though. Furniture repair will help restore new life into some of your most dingy old pieces.
DIY or Professional Furniture Repair
Furniture repair isn’t learned overnight.
It requires many years of work with many styles of furniture for you to have an understanding of the woods and styles. The average hardcore DIY-er is NOT going to be able to just pick up a craft like this real quickly. It’s not just the actual act of doing the work too, you have to have the tools you need to do the job, and be able to source the leather and other materials that you need. Pro’s are able to source the exact materials they need, and likely have all the tools they’ll need already on hand. When you DIY a job like this, you risk damaging the furniture beyond repair, as well as spending a lot of money. You’ll be unable to replace a damaged piece that is one of a kind.
Restore or Refinish Furniture?
Restoration and refinishing tend to be synonymous, but you should know they are not the same thing.
Restoration is generally minimal work, light cleaning and minimal repair. The end goal is always to maintain the base structure and improve the outer appearance and functionality to not lose value your furniture piece.
Refinishing furniture is an extensive and difficult process.
Wood is treated with chemical strippers, sanded, stained, and then refinished. Do beware that some antique pieces can lose value after being refinished. If value matters to you, you need to do research and talk with your refinished before making any choices. Your expert in furniture refinishing will take great care of your furniture piece.
We all want to keep our favorite pieces of furniture forever, but not all can be made refinished well.
If it’s made of particleboard, you pretty much always want to avoid refinishing it. When it truly comes to antiques, generally speaking you don’t want to refinish them if the monetary value matters to you. The best pieces of furniture to refinish are those from 1960 and back, factory produced with heavy wood and solid quality. That way you don’t risk messing up someone handmade masterpiece and you can count on the furniture to last for a long time. A professional will help you ensure your piece is not destroyed. Want more antique furniture? We love the look of pieces at Antique Show Round Top Texas