Traditional furniture is better than modern furniture produced in large numbers. This furniture is made to be more durable since replacement of furniture cannot occur over and over. It is classic style because it was intended to stay for a longer period. However, having been used for a long time can change color,look and steadiness of the furniture.
The following are considerations you need to pay to renovate Old furniture. Decide if it’s necessary to restore them or discard them. One can consider refinishing a table where the finish has seen the stain darken over time. Avoid renovating old furniture that has been infested with pests such as termites and ants. If the wood has clear signs of serious water damage such as rot and stains do not bother. The amount of work increases with the size of the piece and gift chest with many angles, and holes can be a pain to clean out much less rebuild. Note that wall-sized shelving units are in less demand in the marketplace because they are difficult to move whereas small desks have high value and strong small tables.
If you are dealing with rusting metal piece, consider the amount of work you will take to eliminate the surface rust from an ornate steel table as compared to rusted weather vane with all flat surfaces. If it will take a lot of hours to eradicate the rust it is not worth your effort. Have a plan on what you want the piece to look like before you begin working on it. You should invest time on refinishing what you know you will put into use after the work.
Have a financial plan to avoid spending on pieces that are not equivalent to the value of your money. Your budget should include the cost of any woodworking tools that you may not have and cannot borrow or rent. In case the cost of refinishing your old furniture is higher than buying a new one you may consider leaving the furniture and buying a new one.
Understand the scope of your work. You must know the amount of time that you will spend to refurbish the furniture. For instance, rust take days to remove . Comprehend when the project will either take a lot of time to do and when it cannot be done at all.
Plan on replacing the hardware. You should consider removing the hinges, pulls handles and decorative knobs. After you complete the wood you can reconstruct it with the renovated hardware or a new hardware that matches the original piece’s look. If you do not know how to handle complex joints like dovetail joints, leave the restoration work to those who can do it perfectly.