Tips for Refinishing & Restoring Antique Furniture in Southampton, NY

Many people find great joy in finding good deals on older pieces of furniture.  Some people are just looking for good quality furniture at a good price while others are specifically looking for antique pieces of furniture.  Right now it is super trendy to take older pieces of furniture that you have had in your family for years or that you find secondhand somewhere and refinish them to go with modern décor.  How do you know what to look for when you are trying to decide if a piece of furniture is worth refinishing?

Price for Furniture Restoration Less than Replacement

Lots of time the reason that people are considering refinishing a piece of furniture is that they already own it.  Purchasing furniture can be so expensive.  Refinishing a piece of furniture that you already have is definitely cheaper than buying a brand new piece of furniture for your home.  If you have furniture that you do not love refinishing it is a great option.  Staining or painting the pieces that you have can give you a whole new feel to your furniture and make you love it all over again!

Refinishing Antique Furniture

Some pieces of furniture have sentimental value for their owners.  Maybe you have a rocking chair that has been passed down from generation to generation in your family that you love but it is just looking beat up.  L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. loves to help you get a family heirloom back into excellent condition so that your family can keep passing it down for generations to come.

Tips for Shopping for Furniture to Refinish

If you are shopping for pieces of furniture to buy secondhand and refinish we have some tips for you.  Many times you will find pieces that have been painted before.  This can be a warning sign for you.  That paint job can be hiding burns, missing veneer, water stains, and more.  You are better off buying something that has old dirty varnish on it instead.  When you buy a piece that has not been painted before you are able to clearly see what you working with.  When you find a piece of furniture that you think may work look at the backside of the piece.  If the furniture has drawers you will also want to look inside the drawers.  Older pieces will have solid wood backing on it.  Newer pieces will have plywood backing on it.  Particleboard is also used in newer pieces. Furniture that has solid wood backing on it is going to be more durable than plywood or particleboard backing. Another thing that you can look for if you are buying secondhand furniture is the original hardware.  The hardware can help you determine the possible age of the furniture.  Knowing the age range of the furniture can help you know if it is worth purchasing as well.

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Do you have pieces that you are ready to refinish?  L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. can come and help you turn your older furniture into a beautiful piece of furniture.  Check out our website for pictures of some of our work. 

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