Which Furniture Piece is Worthy Refinishing?
A thrift store, a garage sale, or an estate auction, all of them can turn out to be a treasure trove for a diamond in the rough. The only condition is finding a piece of furniture that is worthy of the effort it takes to refinish. Here are some of the factors you should look for:
- Does the furniture fit your requirement? A piece that seems cool but has no functionality for you is useless. For example, if you need a writing desk, then you don’t want something that is very tall, very short or just warped at the top.
- Always bring a tape measure with you, because it is no use thrifting if you end with a piece that doesn’t go through your doors or up the stairs! Measure each piece you think is suitable for refinishing. Check if it fits in the room you want to keep it in and through your doors!
- Inspect the bones of the furniture. If they are sturdy, then the piece is worthwhile. A chair that is falling over or table that is not well built are not useful additions because they will necessitate more effort on your part. Also, a simple chair can be reupholstered at home, but a whole sofa will require professional work. Consider if you are ready to spend that much on it or not.
- Look at the lines of the furniture. An aesthetically pleasing and architecturally exciting piece is one that has superb lines. If the table has bowed legs, then it is not the right choice. On the other hand, if by slightly trimming one leg the table can be transformed into a gem, then it is a great piece.
Stick to the rule of thumb, if something catches the eye in the first go chances are it will have value.