Restoring antique furniture often requires determining how far to go with a repair. Purists prefer to conserve rather than restore wanting everything original. The art of conservation stabilizes an item from further deterioration but does not necessarily make it whole again. While practical for museum settings this is very limiting for most of us.
Bringing furniture back to life often requires replacing missing parts and replicating finishes. Once restoration requirements have been evaluated the necessary skill level required to complete the renovation can be determined. High end pieces, difficult repairs and exotic finishes often require services of a professional. However there are many pieces which amateur craftsmen can successfully restore to their former glory. This is not to say the restoration will be quick and easy. Conversely many repairs are labor intensive and become labors of love.
Antique woodworking tools and reproduction vintage restoration hardware are often used during this process. Working with wood, reassembly and final finishing provide a great sense of success. While not being completely original, correctly restored furniture is marketable. Should you decide to keep your restored furniture, the sweet memory of accomplishment will reward you for years to come.
In addition to furniture projects, vintage restoration hardware adds a historic feel to your home. Custom wood shelves are easily created with cast iron shelf brackets, additional hanging space is quickly added with costumer hooks and brass gallery rail added to cabinet tops provides a decorative balustrade to hold plates in place.
Highlight desks, cabinets and
sideboards with brass gallery rail.
Threaded brass balls
Easy to use adhesive felt is dark green for Victorian & early 20th century furniture.
Serving trays are easy to carry with brass handles.
Hang antique pictures and restore
Victorian picture frames with picture frame parts.