According to Antiques Road show, refinishing can reduce the value of my furniture, is this true?
People are often led to believe that this is the case with furniture restoration, though Antiques Roadshow displays only the slightest percentage of pieces that are brought to the show, choosing to show only the pieces that are of high value.
Peter Cook, Executive Producer of Antiques Roadshow, wrote a commentary that appeared in the June 2002 edition of Professional Restorer’s Magazine stating “Well-conceived and well executed refinishing and restoration usually enhances the value of just about any piece of old furniture. Exceptions are those rare (usually museum quality) pieces that have somehow survived in great ‘original’ condition. If we say or imply the contrary, we should be called on it”….. Most furniture has been well used (even abused), scratched, broken and often repaired many times. How could such furniture not be improved by a good job of refinishing or restoring? I’d hate to think that we’ve created a subset of American furniture owners living in dread of a fatal financial misstep.”
How long does it take for furniture restoration?
While every job is unique, it usually takes around 4-6 weeks for completion.
How long does it take for furniture stripping?
Stripping typically takes about a week, though same day service is also available for certain types of stripping jobs.