Furniture Restoration

People are always looking for something special for their living spaces, especially if it has some sort of historical value. The major problem is that a lot of older furniture, especially if it has any historical value, is usually in a state of disrepair. Because of this, and spurred on by a number of television shows, people have become interested in either purchasing restored furniture or furniture with the idea of restoring it themselves. While this can lead to some incredible pieces as well as some great conversation starters, there are some things that people may want to keep in mind.

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Restoring Furniture Itself

There a re a number of great ways to restore furniture, provided you have the skill for it. You can restoring sections, replace the worn or destroyed leather, or even replace broken pieces. You can even use varnish and other polishers to not only restore the shine of the piece but also help preserve it. The biggest choice will be between restoring it and refurbishing it; restoring it will return it to its old appearance while refurbishing it will add modern twists to the piece. While both are equally valid, keep in mind that refurbishing it or restoring it using modern methods may cut into the value of some items, which is something some try to avoid.


Historical Issues

Some restored furniture may carry with it its own baggage, especially if the piece comes from a time in history that people would prefer to forget. As such it only helps to know the history a piece of furniture so as to avoid potential faux-pas situations. This does not mean that every piece you will find has some hidden nastiness about it, but rather that any piece may have more history than you aware and finding that out may be worth it; after all, sometimes the value may actually increase based on the research while in others it may give you some great ideas for how to treat the furniture when you get around to restoring it.


Hidden Value

Along those lines, some restored furniture may have value beyond its historical value. Since some pieces are restored more to show off the skill of the restorer and others that person's artist skill, the piece may have been given a second life as an art piece. Depending on the reputation of the artist in question, this may lead to an increased value, especially if the restorer was an artist of exceptional renown. This not only adds to the value of the piece but also makes it an exceptional conversation starter, making it something that you should not only care for but cherish as well.


All told, make sure that you do your research when acquiring a new piece of restored furniture. It hold some hidden value that makes it worthy of purchase or the research may give some sort of inspiration in how to approach restoring it yourself. Either way, you will have a neat new piece to discuss for a long time.