You’ve recently inherited a beautiful china hutch from your grandmother, but you’ve noticed a deep scratch along one side and one of its feet seems to be unsteady. Or maybe you found an old armchair at a garage sale. It looks like it’s in perfect condition, but you’re planning to reupholster it to match your living room.
No matter your situation, as you think about how to restore your furniture, you will need to consider how your plans may impact its value. Here are a few factors to take into account before you begin the restoration process.
Some antique pieces need little more than a good dusting and some light touch-ups. However, others need more care. Furniture breaks. Pieces rot or come loose. The surface gets scratched and dented over time, and hardware falls off or gets lost. These things can be repaired, but it takes skill and insight to do so without compromising the integrity of the piece. If you’re thinking about taking this on as a DIY project, make an honest assessment of the scope first. If it’s more than you can handle, bring it to a professional before you begin repairs.
The more repairs a piece requires, the more you will want to know about its history before you begin. Significant changes, such as reupholstering or refinishing, can improve the value of a damaged or low-quality piece. However, these same changes can diminish the value of a unique item. If you’re planning to resell your piece, even a simple cleaning could remove a desirable patina. Before you start restoring your piece, learn about the following:
DIY shows make furniture restoration seem easy, but without the right technique you could damage your furniture. This can make later restoration difficult or impossible, and it can impact the value of your piece. If you have any reason to believe your antique furniture could be valuable, bring it to a professional before you attempt any DIY.
We can work with you to restore your furniture in a way that respects its history. If you would like an estimate on the time and cost of restoring a piece of antique furniture, contact us with a description of the piece.