Refinishing Antique Furniture – Should I do This?
We owned a furniture refinishing shop for many years and the question we got asked the most was, "Should we refinishing antique furniture....?" This got asked more often after "Antique Roadshow" started saying a certain antique lost 75% of its value because it had been refinished. So everyone didn't want to devalue their own antique.
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What Determines What Antiques Should Be Refinished?
One of the most important factors is the age of the antique. If your piece was made around the turn of the century, it was most likely mass produced.
So whether you refinish one of these or not is a personal preference. The traditional American oak tables were produced by the hundreds of thousands, so they are never going to be a priceless antique.
If you want it to look like it did when it was first made, then by all means, get it refinished. Now if you have antiques from pre 1850, then you might want to think hard before refinishing them. it is OK to re wax them but you don't want to remove that original patina that only comes through age.
Once you determine that you want to refinish your piece of furniture, what and how do I do it. That will be covered next.
How to Refinish Furniture
Of course the easiest way to refinish a piece of furniture, antique or not, is to take it to a refinishing shop. But if you want to tackle it yourself, how do you do it?
What Do I Need to Refinish Furniture?
Few Important Safety Factors
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