If you restore an object, you return it to it’s original or usable and functional condition. With wood furniture, this can include removing a failed or improper finish and replacing it with new finish appropriate to the age and use for the piece. Replacing the old finish is called refinishing but Humble furniture restoration can include a whole lot more. Restoration can include replacing missing or broken doors, drawers, feet, trim pieces, hardware, and any other part of the original piece. It can include all kinds of repairs including burn marks, cracks, splits, loose joints, worn drawer slides and every other kind of wear and tear that come from use and abuse. On the other end of the spectrum, restoration may just consist of a thorough cleaning and minor touch-ups.
Every project has a starting point. Restoring old and antique wood furniture, wood cabinetry or architectural woodwork is no exception. The first step is always the same. Evaluate the condition of your piece and based on your findings map out a plan to achieve the results you want. If you don’t know the age or history of the piece, don’t do a thing until you find out. Though it is rare, once in a while people will pull a collectible out of Grandma’s attic not realizing the piece is actually more valuable with the finish or paint that is on them, even if it doesn’t look like it is in great condition. It is best to call in the professionals to handle your furniture restoration to ensure the best outcome for your prized antique.