When you have an old piece of furniture or cabinet you wish to restore, you first will want to determine if it is worth the time as well as the investment. There are certain features you will want to be present–or not to be present–if you’re planning on refinishing old wood. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc will share how you can determine which furniture or wood products are wroth refinishing.
Should I Refinish My Wood Furniture?
Painted Wood – There is a danger to refinishing painted wood. In many cases, wood furniture or cabinets that have been painted usually means there was something to hide. Often when paint is removed off of the woods it reveals burns, water stains, or damage and missing veneer. Before committing to refinishing wood that has been painted, strip the paint off and inspect the piece thoroughly.
Quality of Wooden Furniture – Check the quality of the furniture or cabinet. You may want to avoid restoring a wood piece if the construction or the material is of poor quality. If the furniture is made of particle wood or laminates, they aren’t built to last and will break down over time. Cabinets or furniture that is still sturdy and made with real wood is worth the time and investment of refinishing. During the 1950’s and 60’s, many furniture manufacturers and even cabinet designers often used laminates and manufactured wood. Even though some furniture is over 65 years old they don’t hold any actual value like an antique. If time has worn down these items, don’t feel the need to maintain or repair it in these scenarios.
Needed Furniture Repairs – Antiques or furniture or cabinets are well worth repairing and refinishing if needs be. Just because some repairs are needed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t refinish it. Most repairs are easily done and the piece can be made new again. If any pieces are missing and can’t be repaired correctly, then it may not be worth restoring. As long as all of the pieces are intact and can be put back together, it is fine to restore it.
Antique Restoration – If you are trying to decide whether or not to refinish an antique, there are a few things you will want to consider. Once an antique is altered or changed, it loses value. If you have an antique that you want refinished, it will lose its original value. However, if you never plan to sell the item–especially if it’s a family memento–then refinishing the piece will help prevent it from wearing down. With a fresh coat of paint or stain, the wood will be protected and last longer. If you don’t care about losing the antique’s value then nothing says it can’t be refinished and made beautiful again. You might find restoring the piece to its original beauty; you will enjoy and appreciate the antique even more.
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L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc provides painting, drywall repair, pressure washing, and even wood refinishing services. We can help restore your wooden furniture, cabinets, windows, doors, and trim. If you need wood refinishing services or any other our other valuable services, contact L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc today.