Friday, May 16, 2014 10:54 AM EST
A cardinal rule when it comes to antiques is never (ever, ever!) paint an antique piece of furniture. But there’s a lot to be said about reimagining and reinventing a piece that you’re not quite in love with and see great potential in.
There is a big difference between refinishing, restoring, and refurbishing. Refinishing refers to staining and means that you are using the same techniques used in the time period that the piece came from to aid in its repair. Restoring antiques means that you are fixing any areas that are scuffed or broken, adding any missing hardware, and bringing it back to its original form. Both refinishing and restoring are done to maintain the piece and to increase or maintain market value.
Refurbishing, on the other hand, is completely different. This entails giving the piece a head-to-toe makeover by either painting, replacing hardware, reupholstering, or altering the details of the furniture in any way. While this has become widely popular in recent years, it can greatly diminish the value of the piece while erasing all of its historical features as well. Those that refurbish are usually unaware of the value of the piece or are more interested in the physical piece of furniture than making a pretty penny off of it in the future.
So, tell us. Are you conflicted about painting antiques as well? Have you done it before? Let us know in the comments below!