What $36 Million Can Buy!

 Badminton Cabinet

In 2004 a piece of furniture entitled, “Badminton Cabinet,” sold at auction for $36 million dollars. The Badminton Cabinet receives its name from Badminton, England, where it held residence for more than two centuries.

The history of this 18th century Florentine chest of ebony wood; inlaid with gems and stones, including amethyst, lapis lazuli, etc. sets a record for breaking its own record. The first record it set was in 1990 when “billion-heiress” Barbara Piasecka Johnson (Johnson & Johnson company) placed the winning bid of $16.59 million. When Johnson placed it on the auction block again, the record was broken when Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein bid a whopping $36 million, donating it to the Liechtenstein Museum in Austria.

Money Under the Mattress – How About Invested in the Mattress?

You might think that there is a typo, but make no mistake, we double check our facts! The Vividus bed, designed and produced by the Swedish company, Hastens, carries a price tag of $59,750.

It is reported that when sleeping on the Vividus, you feel as though you’re sleeping on a cloud! We at Tradition Furniture Restoration can only imagine what the sheets go for!

Vividus

…And if You’re into Wood …

A Scottsdale, AZ furniture company, Parnian Furniture Design & Manufacturing has designed a custom desk composed of six exotic woods, including ebony and Carpathium elm. The facing of the desk, with its stylish wave design, comes to life with several colorful and dramatic wood finishes; and may set your heart racing as you read the price tag – $200,000!          Parmian

If $200,000 isn’t in your budget for home furnishings, you are not alone! Market trends include refurbishing your own furniture and TFR can lighten, darken and colorize thrift shop finds as well as your own pieces.

 

Headboards, History & Helpful Hints

5 Stylish Eco-Friendly Headboards to Enhance Your Bedroom

The word, headboard, dates back to circa 1730. Headboards were initially designed to protect sleepers from the cold drafts of early home construction.

Today, headboards are another way to incorporate design into a bedroom to complete an esthetically pleasing picture. Tradition Furniture Restoration encourages you to consider these “green” ideas when redesigning your bedroom.

Reclaimed Wood …

We are witnessing a huge increase in usage of reclaimed materials when it comes to headboard design. Some of these artistically constructed pieces of bedroom furniture have included:

  • Doors. Turn any door sideways and you have a ready-made headboard. The beauty of old doors is the mellow wood patina that the passing of time has aged and enhanced, resulting in a fine wood finish.
  • Shutters. You can line them up or creatively pattern them behind your bed. They are charming and great for a “Cape” sort of look!
  • Rectangular Table Tops. Placed horizontally against the wall, they generally are 40 inches high – perfect as the backdrop to your grouping of throw pillows.

… And More!

Tabletops are wonderful finds for headboard usage. They don’t have to be made of wood. Consider these:

  • Wicker. Shabby chic wicker is another way of creating a seashore feel to your bedroom. Leave as is, or brush a little extra color into the textured woven natural fiber.
  • Metal Open Grill. Outdoor tables can also be used. Simply weave fabric through the open grillwork and make a pleasing pattern to complement your existing furniture.

Furniture Restoration: How Does it Factor into the Recession?

The recession has wreaked havoc on many industries, the result of the real estate market being hit extremely hard. A trickle down effect is typical, and this long lasting recession has touched virtually every industry and market you can think of.

Furniture is among the industries that have felt the impact. After all, do you pay your electricity bill or reupholster your sofa?  Having said this, due to the fact that many small businesses have not managed to stay afloat, when you do find an artisan that offers quality furniture repairs, you might want to hold onto their number.

The Number You Have Dialed is No Longer in Service …

Sad but true, many mom-and-pop stores and services have gone under.  The owner of Tradition Furniture Restoration has paid attention to the sign on the wall and has discovered that giving back is a great way to keep your doors open. He does this by making valuable suggestions: options that cost less than purchasing new.

Dialing it Down By Offering Discounts

No matter how hard hit the furniture industry is, there are times when a furniture repair needs to be done. If one of your caned kitchen chairs is broken, it’s still far more frugal to repair the one than trying to find one replacement chair or buying a full set of six.

Other ways to save by repairing or refinishing are:

  • Ask about cleaning, touching up and polishing your dining room set rather than a full refinishing or purchasing new.
  • If the kitchen table is on its last legs, contract to reglue the legs and reinforce with wood screws. It’s still more cost effective than replacing the table.
  • Your sofa need not be replaced because the seat cushions are worn out. Simply order a couple of yards of fabric and have them recovered.

Furniture restoration and upholstering can be the answer to your budgetary concerns. Tradition Furniture Restoration serves the tri-county areas of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

 

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.