It was in the late 1700s when wealthy, royal families distinguished their status and lifestyle through their gigantic palaces, luxurious interior and classic furniture. Unlike the furniture available today, the design of the earliest furniture was so simple and practical that even after centers people crave to keep them.
Back in that time, the wood to create furniture was taken from very old trees which are rarely found today. Once the craftsmen get the wood, they dedicated themselves for months to create a masterpiece.
It was in the early 1900s, when people started commercializing furniture business. Since then, the production of pure wood furniture has been so limited that it is beyond the budget of a common man.
So if your furniture is not at least a hundred years old, it is neither antique nor pure. What you have is just another factory-made item that was mass-produced to meet the market demand.
Since you can not buy true antique furniture, it is very important to care the piece you already have. This is when you need to properly repair and restore your antique furniture.
Furniture restoration involves everything that you do to revive your old showcase or sofa and make it as new as possible. It is not only about reviving, but also adding value to the piece.
In this article, I have a list of five things that you can do to make your furniture look new again.
Depending on the condition of your furniture, restoration process can take a lot of your time. Make sure that you have enough time before you start the project.
I suggest you to do a little research to determine the age, type of wood and the value of your item. You would not want to restore items that do not have any value, would you?
Once you determine the value of your treasure, you need to set a budget. You need to compare the value of your furniture to the cost that will incur during restoration.
Make sure to wear safety glass, gloves and mask to protect from dust and wooden splinters that might accidently hurt you.
If this is your first time, I highly recommend you to hire a professional restoration expert for your help. Watching videos on the internet or reading guidebooks may not be enough.
Contrary to what most people believe, your furniture loses all its value after you restore it yourself. This is hard for me to explain, but once you restore an antique piece, it will never be as precious as it was 100 years before.