How to Tell If Wood Furniture Is Worth Refinishing

Ever wanted to refinish your furniture to add new life to the aging furniture? Refinishing furniture is more economical than purchasing new items – besides, why toss out a well-built piece of furniture just because it’s in need of an update?

When you find a piece of wood furniture that needs a little love, it’s really tempting to just fork over the cash and take it home as your next pet project. But wait, says woodworking expert Teri Masaschi, author of Foolproof Wood Finishing: For Those Who Love to Build & Hate to Finish. There are some things you need to consider first before you decide to refinish.

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Is the Piece Painted?

“Beware of things that are painted,” Masaschi says. “There’s usually a reason for that.” Paint can hide a multitude of sins, including burns, missing veneer and water stains.

“You’re far better off buying something that has old dirty varnish on it that just needs to be stripped,” she says. “It’s clear, you can see through it to whatever’s underneath, and stripping old finish is really easy — it typically comes right off with products you can buy at the hardware store.”

Is the Construction High-Quality?

Look for signs that the piece was made before 1950, maybe even 1960. “That’s when particleboard and laminate surfaces and cutting corners came along,” Masaschi says. Generally, even mass-produced furniture from before 1960 is sturdier and better made than today’s cheap furniture — your find doesn’t have to have antique value to be a great vintage piece that will give you years of service.

Still, you should be careful with really old pieces, mostly those made before 1850, because refinishing them yourself can hurt their value. If you have any questions at all about the value of your piece, consult an expert before you get started.

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