For most people, possessing a piece of antique furniture helps make them feel special, in some way rich and close to a loved person. Owning antique piece or furniture besides that can give you a special touch to your home, they can be very valuable especially if they are very old or have monetary value. Most people believe that antiques and antique furniture shouldn’t be refinished because on that way their value will be ruined. But this is not true. The best you can do for your antique piece is to maintain it and take good care of it. You can maintain it by yourself or you can hire a professional company offering special antique restoration and refinishing services. However, if you have an antique piece at home, you need to be aware of some things before you do an antique restoration or antique refinishing.
Antique restoration means returning the object to its original and usable condition. Wood furniture can include removing an improper finish and replacing it with new one according to its age and usage. In other words, replacing the old wood finish with new one is called antique refinishing. Antique restoration means a lot more than just refinishing. The antique restorer process includes replacing missing or broken elements of the antique like, missing doors, feet, trim pieces, drawers or any other original part. The other repairs that are included in the antique restorer process are restoration of cracks, marks, damaged and loose veneers, splits, worn drawer slides or any other visible damages like wear or tear that comes from use or abuse. On the other hand, restoration can simply include minor touch-ups, cleaning, applying a new coat of finish or paste wax, or in other words restoration means taking whatever it takes i.e. returning the antique piece to its original condition. Replacing the old finish with a new one is just a step of the antique restorer process.
So, what is the best to do? Antique restoration or antique refinishing?
Every antique restoration process has a starting point. So, the first thing you need to do is to evaluate the condition of your antique piece and based on the conclusions make the necessary step – refinishing or restoring. The next thing you need to find out is the age of your antique/s. Every antique piece has history behind, so find out the age before starting your refinishing or restoring process. The Grandma’s antiques or the ones bought from yard sale are the ones that are really valuable with its finish or paint, even if it does not look like it is in a good condition. If you do not know how to evaluate the antiques age, go to your closest antique shop or hire a special antique restoration company. Their professional and skilled team will discover the antiques age and will tell what you need, refinishing or antique restoration.