Before you tackle a restoration project, take some time to inspect the piece of furniture for any identifying labels or marks that might help you research its origin. Look at the overall quality of the wood and craftsmanship, including any carving present. If it turns out to be an extremely valuable item, leave it alone. Any fixer-up tasks accomplished on a piece like that should be left to a professional who works with high-end antique furniture. The folks here at Heath Refinishing specialize in this type of thing, so definitely check with us first.
If it turns out that the piece isn’t a rare antique, it’s still a good idea to look to a professional to breathe some new life into any piece. Even with furniture that isn’t of masterpiece caliber, most tried and true collectors value an original finish (in case you’re looking to sell). We can help you figure out just how much restoration to the finish and components will be necessary to make it presentable – whether you want it for your home, or to sell it off.
The bottom line is: If you have any uncertainty about whether or not to refinish, consult with professionals. We’d love to hear from you.