FURNITURE REFINISHING: 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

A house becomes a home as furnishings are put into place in each of the rooms, personalizing and catering to the owners’ tastes.  There are specific occasions (landmarks) when furniture purchases take place, such as:

  • Newlyweds setting up their first home
  • College student moving to a dormitory or apartment
  • After a life altering change such as divorce or assisted living
  • A new addition to the family or child outgrowing current furniture

When these events take place and you are considering investing in or refurbishing your furniture, there are key elements to consider.

While Furniture Shopping Don’t Be Afraid to Kick the Tires!

Prior to furniture refinishing or purchasing new, you may want to consider these important facts that can help determine your next move.

New Purchase

  1. Read the product description carefully. Cherry wood finish or mahogany veneer does not necessarily mean it’s made of solid wood.
  2. Ask about warranties and how the piece of furniture is serviced – directly through the store or through the manufacturer.
  3. Inquire about their delivery service – is it included or additional? If assembly is required is it provided by the store?
  4. When leaving a deposit on a non-stock item, determine if it is refundable if the wait period is longer than what you contracted for.
  5. It’s okay to kick the tires! Look under the sofa, in the dresser drawers and behind the china cabinet to see the quality of the manufactured piece of furniture.

 Furniture Restoration

  1. Be sure to verify that the finishing company hand strips and does not use dip and strip, which is caustic and contributes to the deterioration of joints and wood grain.
  2. Verify your choice of stain color directly on the piece of furniture being refinished. Stains appear differently based on type of wood.
  3. A quality upholsterer will remove old fabric before reupholstering.
  4. When refinishing your dining table, it is advisable to order a tabletop pad.
  5. Ask your furniture refinishing company what product they recommend for dusting and cleaning your furniture after it has been refinished.

 

Furniture Caning: How to Keep Your Set of Chairs Together

The history of the Breuer chair (to date one of the most popular dinette chairs ever manufactured) goes back to the mid 1960’s. The tubular steel frames, accompanied by pre-woven caning, were an instant hit in households throughout the country. The popularity of this style of chair continues, as the lightweight construction and airy seats and backs are both comfortable and contemporary, which allows them to adjust to many styles of kitchens.
It is tough to damage or wear out these caned chairs, however, over time the caning loses its taut form and begins to show wear-and-tear by sagging and fraying, often developing holes in the center of the seat. When this occurs, Tradition Furniture Restoration steps in and replaces the pre-woven cane. It is an inexpensive way to hold onto a set of chairs that have been a wonderful part of your kitchen and family meal times.
Repairing and Replacing Cane Work
Tradition Furniture Restoration takes pride in their expertise and variety of caning they provide for their customers. There are several popular styles and types of cane work.
• Pre-Woven Caning. This is the most popular type of caning today and is sold in various sizes, patterns and in both natural and manmade fibers.
• Hand-Woven Caning. Weaving the cane in different directions creates patterns. It takes a keen eye and strong arms and hands to handle this meticulous work.
• Rushing and Diamond Point. Lengths of natural and paper strands are strung from side to side, again creating various patterns, one of which is the diamond point. This work is durable, and great for porch rocking chairs!
Finishing Touches
Once the cane work has been restored, Tradition Furniture Restoration seals the cane to protect it. You also have the option of color matching and finishing with a lacquer product that retains its color and luster. Your dining chairs, settees, benches and Breuer chairs will have many more years of life in them!

Furniture Restoration: The Road to Rehabilitation – Or is It?

If you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it a hundred times: antiques that have been restored, consequently diminishing their value. The Antiques Roadshow is an educational PBS show that gives insight to both the amateur and connoisseur in various areas of collectible antiques including: furniture, paintings, china, crystal, silver ware, jewelry and textiles.

Tradition Furniture Restoration has over 30 years of hands-on experience, and that’s a plus when you’re looking to ask questions and get reliable answers about refinishing your older pieces of furniture.

3 Things You Want to Know Before Restoring Wood Furniture The value of a piece of furniture when first purchased is not necessarily the indicator of future value, nor is the fact that it has been passed down from generation to generation. When it comes to restoring your furniture, consider these pointers:

  1. History of the piece. The more information you have, such as bill of sale or markings on the back or inside the drawers of the item, the more qualified you are to make a decision about restoring or refinishing the piece of furniture.
  2. Contacting a qualified appraiser. The second you apply chemicals to the finish on a piece of furniture, you risk devaluing it – never again to regain that value and possibly costing you up to 90% of its worth!
  3. Research, research, research. The Internet is a great place to find out more about your piece of furniture. Places such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s offer services to help you identify your piece of furniture.

Knowledge is Power! Once you’ve done your research, you are then prepared to learn more about the hand-refinishing process Tradition Furniture Restoration has in mind for your cherished piece of furniture. It may be the 3-step process of cleaning, touch up and polish, or a complete hand stripping and refinishing process. Whichever is the best for your situation, Tradition Furniture Restoration will guide you through the right steps to the right service.