The art of restoration can be as simple as lightly cleaning to remove dirt or grime, such as those from the surface of paintings, to the rebuilding or replacement of a piece, in the case of old vehicles or furniture. The main goal usually of restoration is to “restore” the original appearance or functionality of a piece. Repairing and restoration are two completely different functions, though with some pieces repairing has to be done before resorting to restoration. Repairs are normally done before restoration if a piece’s functionality has been damaged, in the case of a broken antique chair or missing table legs.
Stripping is only done as a last resort especially with antique furniture. Stripping and refinishing is done to a piece if the original finish has been coated over by another finishing or painted over that has badly damaged or discolored the furniture. In the aspects of furniture restoration or furniture refinishing, such art and skill should be done only by professionals who are always sensitive to all the issues concerning both the antique furniture as well as the customer. Restorers are often trained professional craftsperson and furniture makers.
Thus, when you purchase any type of antique furniture and it is in need of restoration or refinishing, rather than doing it as a DIY project, bring it to a professional furniture company who specialize in furniture restoration or refinishing. Given the fact that although 90 percent of antique furniture is made from wood, some antique pieces may also have glass, inlays, leather, and fabric, thus, antique furniture restoration encompasses more than skills with wood.
Aside from restoration, refinishing, and even repainting antique furniture, other professional restorations that can be done by a professional furniture company for better home improvement can include:
- Conservation – preserving as much of the original finish, material, appearance, and functionality of the furniture as possible. This type of restored antique furniture will really improve the aesthetic looks of any living room, bedroom, and even bathroom.
- Preservation – process of stopping deterioration of furniture using chemical processes to arrest wood and other materials oxidation. This is assuming that the piece purchased has been damaged or deteriorated to a large degree.
- Major Repair and Restoration – physical structural replacement or reinforcement of parts involving new materials if the antique furniture is heavily damaged. Some refinishing might be involved if there is major damage to the finishing.