How to Tell if Wood Furniture Is Worth Refinishing

Maybe you found a great piece of wood furniture at a flea market or garage sale and you want to restore it to its former glory. Or perhaps you have a favorite piece of furniture at your home, but it’s lost some of its luster. Before you invest time and money into refinishing your wood furniture, make sure it is worth the effort. Follow some of these tips to find out if your wood furniture would benefit from the refinishing process.

Consider the Quality

As a rule, you only want to refinish furniture that is of a high quality. You want furniture that is well constructed so it can hold up during the refinishing process. In most cases, furniture made between the 1850s and 1960s is of a high quality. Even the lower-quality furniture made during this time is sturdier than the furniture of today.

Does that mean that you can only refinish the sturdiest of furniture? Not exactly. If the furniture is made of plywood and has a wood veneer, you might be able to refinish it as long as the veneer doesn’t have too much damage.

Find Out What It Will Look Like

If your furniture has aged quite a bit, you might be surprised by what it will look like after it is refinished. You might love the new look, or you might regret the time and effort you put into restoring it. Finding out what the end product will look like is actually pretty simple as even the oldest piece of furniture is likely to have an undamaged spot. Check the woodgrain on that spot to see what it will look like after refinishing. If you like the look, then you will be happy with the finished product. If you don’t like the look, you should consider leaving the furniture as is or maybe buying a new piece.

Think About the Value

If you have an antique, refinishing it might actually increase the value. Do your research to see the value of the furniture in its current state, along with the value of it in a refinished state. However, keep in mind that the value will only increase if you refinish the piece successfully. If you mess up the furniture in the process, it could end up losing value. That is why it is so important to go with a professional like Spray Finishes. Otherwise, you could end up destroying a valuable piece of wood furniture.

Check the Damage

You should only refinish furniture that has damage that is limited to the surface. If the furniture has scratches that go all the way down to the wood, refinishing won’t provide you with the results you want. However, if it has shallow scratches that don’t penetrate the finish, refinishing will get the desired results. Also, refinishing is perfect if the furniture has rings, a worn finish, and a dull appearance.

Check Under the Paint

Paint often hides some serious problems, so if you are thinking about refinishing a piece that is painted, you need to strip it and see what is underneath. Don’t be surprised if it has some deep scratches or other issues under the paint. However, if is in good shape underneath the paint, you can certainly refinish it.

While some people like to tackle refinishing projects on their own, it is a much better idea to go with a professional from Spray Finishes. With offices in Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester, the team is right around the corner, ready to help.

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