Furniture used for a long period is better than modern furniture produced in mass. 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. Still,having been used for a long time can change color, look and firmness of the furniture.
Old furniture can often be restored using the tips below. Decide if it’s necessary to restore them or discard them. One can consider restoring a table where the finish has to 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 goes higher with the size of the piece and treasure chest with many corners and cracks can be a pain to clean out much less renovate. 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 a rusting metal piece, consider the amount of work it will take to do away with the surface rust from an ornate steel table as compared to a 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 an idea how the piece will look like before you commence your work. You should invest time completing what you know you will put into use after the work.
Have a budget to avoid spending on pieces that are not worth the money. Your budget should be inclusive of any cost of any woodworking tools that you may lack 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 example,rust take days to eradicate. Understand when the project will either take significant time to do and when it cannot be done at all.
Plan on replacing the hardware. You should consider abolishing the hinges,pulls,handles and attractive knobs. After you finish the wood you can recollect it with the repaired hardware or a new hardware that matches the original piece’s work. If you do not know how to handle complex joints like dovetail joints, leave the restoration work to those who can do it perfectly.