We all have particular furniture that we like more than other pieces we have, even if they are starting to show their age these days. A lot of us also have other pieces of furniture that are truly just there, you really couldn’t care less about what ultimately happens with it. Once you’ve gotten your money’s worth out of it, you’re fine getting rid of it. If you truly care for a piece of furniture, getting it repaired is well worth the cost. It can take you from truly falling apart to looking like it just came out of the factory.
Furniture repair isn’t something you can master in an afternoon so you can do your own work, it’s a craft that has to be developed with time. 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 just ruining the base of the furniture. You also risk spending a ton of money on supplies as you have to do trial and error.
Refinishing and restoration are confused a lot, so let’s break it down. Restoration tends to be more like touch up’s, light outside cleaning and cosmetic repair. The end goal is to keep the integrity of the piece but improve the outward appearance, expanding the lifespan some. Refinishing is a lot more in-depth, it involves stripping the finish off of the piece. Any wood pieces are coated with a chemical stripper, sanded, stained, and then finally refinished. SOME antiques will lose value after refinishing. If that matters to you, do your research and be careful.
Not all old furniture is good for refinishing. 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 restoration Alpharetta 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.