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The Pitfalls of Old Wood Furniture Restoration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s never fun to share bad news, and it’s not fun to share the pitfalls of restoring old wood furniture—but someone has to. We really don’t want to watch anyone end up with something they aren’t proud of or something that won’t last. There are plenty of projects that can be tackled by anyone but this may be one to leave to the professionals. Here are three reasons you may want to reconsider tackling an old wood furniture restoration project on your own.


It May Not Be Worth It

We want to be honest with you: some things are not worth refinishing. We won’t mention any brand names, but low-cost, mass-manufactured furniture isn’t meant to last a lifetime and isn’t intended to be a family heirloom. It can be exciting to find a cheap wood piece of furniture at a garage sale and have big plans for a cool restoration project. Be aware, however, that if you purchase a piece of wood furniture that’s been painted, it was usually painted for a reason. Paint can easily hide water stains, burns, or missing veneer which can make restoration nearly impossible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

You May Not Finish

Not to insult anyone’s skill level, we’ve just seen this happen a few times. A lofty project is formed with plans to finish in bits and pieces, but you might run out of time. If this happens, the half-finished project will sit there, taking up space. It’s okay! We understand that time isn’t always on your side, other projects take precedence, and materials are quickly exhausted. That’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’d love to help finish your restoration project. We can pick up where you left off or take it in a totally different direction. Let us take your inspiration and make it a reality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Refinishing Can Diminish Value

This is much less common, but still a factor to be wary of. Furniture built before the 1900s is not to be restored without professional expertise. The value of antique furniture is significantly higher than anything built within this century; therefore, antiques require careful craftsmanship to ensure the protection of their integrity. Attempting to restore an aged piece on your own may diminish its value and may result in something that requires more restoration than the original piece. After so many episodes of American Pickers, we can all imagine the scenario of having something of immense value and not even knowing it. Be sure to do your research before you buy, toss, or repurpose a family heirloom piece.

At any moment, your professional furniture restoration experts are ready to step in and restore your wood furniture. At Wehrli Furniture, we know how exciting it can be to transform an old piece of furniture into something new—this is why we’ve made our profession out of it! We also know how important it is to have the finished product look exactly how you imagined. Our professional furniture services include painting, upholstery, and custom design, to ensure that all your furniture needs are covered. To begin your restoration project, give us a call, submit a work request, or view our gallery for inspiration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Contact Us” shape=”square” align=”center” link=”|title:Contact%20Us||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1555529927627-1982924a-2888-0″ include=”5430,5429″][/vc_column][/vc_row]