Is your antique furniture piece a classic example of craftsmanship or even a masterpiece? Is the piece an heirloom passed along from a family member or friend?
As an experienced antique furniture restorer, our goal is to bring back the innate beauty and luster of your antique piece without detracting from its original design and unique character. Our approach is to be as minimalistic and noninvasive as possible during the restoration process while creating the revitalized appearance you are seeking – one of classic grace and stately elegance.
For some time, there has been discussion specific to the wisdom of refinishing or restoring genuine furniture antiques and older furniture. It is our opinion, and that of other antique experts and aficionados, that well-conceived and executed restoration usually enhances the value of just about any piece of old furniture. Exceptions are those rare (often of museum quality) pieces that have somehow survived in great “original” condition.
We strive to maintain the original finishes of your furniture whenever possible. The original finish is considered to be part of the historic value of an antique. However, in cases where there has been damage or deterioration from wear and natural aging, refinishing is often the best solution to improve the value of your piece. Our experienced craftsmen will evaluate the finish condition of your piece and recommend the best option.
Furniture Structural Repairs
Structural repairs to your antique furniture will be made in as inconspicuous manner as possible. Appropriate adhesives will be used for concealed joint stabilization and to adhere loose materials and veneer. We will only use materials that are similar to those used during the original manufacturing process.
According to a 2009 article, Article Link, the U.S. EPA reported that disposed furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons of landfill deposits or 4.1% of total household waste. In addition to contributing to landfill mass, energy is also consumed in removing and transporting end-of-life furniture to landfills. Depending on constituents, coatings and finishes, there may be the potential for scraped furniture to leach into landfills.
During 2015, it was estimated that we spent $121.7 billion to re-furbish our homes with new furniture. In an article written by Inhabit.com Article Link, it is claimed that Ikea alone uses about one percent of the world’s entire commercial wood supply. That amounts to about 17.8 million cubic yards of lumber a year.
As consumers, marketers encourage us to update the décor of our homes on a regular basis, however, many do not give thought to where your furniture originated from or what type of wood the furniture was made of.