We all have some pieces of furniture that we favor more than others, likely a select few heirlooms that you’d take with you anywhere you go. A lot of us also have cheap furniture that we don’t really care about either way, and for a lot of us once we’ve gotten our money’s worth out of it, it’s time to just get rid of it. The more expensive or sentimental items are well worth the price of repair/refinishing though. Furniture repair is able to take your old stuff from looking broken down and used to looking like it just came off the factory line.
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.
A lot of people DO use these words interchangeably, but they do have different meanings. Restoration is generally more along the lines of light cleaning and minimal cosmetic repair. The end goal here is to maintain the antique piece’s structural integrity and outer appearance so it retains it’s value and keeps looking good for years. Refinishing is generally more involved and involves stripping the piece of its current finish. With wood pieces, the wood is generally treated with a chemical stripper and then sanded, stained, and refinished. Certain pieces MAY lose value from refinishing, if that’s something you care about you need to do your research before making a choice.
Be wary about refinishing anything that isn’t solid wood when you’re refinishing, some surfaces just aren’t good for it. Things like MDF and particleboard are cheap, mass-produced, and not worth the time or money. When it comes to a true antique with real value, you do not want to refinish it 99% of the time if the value matters to you. The best candidate are solid wooden factory-made pieces, they’re great mediums for refinishing and solid pieces that will serve you well for a long time. Be sure to check out furniture repair Alpharetta GA.