Upcycling old furniture

Transform old furniture into new, functional pieces.  I have always had a desire to take a piece of furniture and restore it to its former glory.

Furniture restoration involves tackling any aspect of work that’s required to get an old dresser or chair as close to the original condition as possible. Often, it’s more than just a facelift — it’s making the item usable again and possibly even adding value.  Take a second look at those old tables, chests, and whatever shoved back in odd corners and don’t be overly turned off by ugly paint or varnish. What’s under the surface may be a quality piece of furniture that will make a fine addition to your own home.

“Don’t turn your back on an old piece of furniture”

Have many pieces of outdated or stained furniture lying around, in your backyard or inside the house? Now, start looking at pieces that you may want to redo. If you find you don’t have the time or the DIY skills, contact me and see what we can do with your old furniture. Keep the memories and reform old furniture into something purposeful.

Why to restore old furniture is better

Let’s say your mother-in-law has purchased a brand-new shiny sofa, and has deposited her aging original one in your front room. Or you’ve scored a once-in-a-lifetime roadside find — a Louis XVI chair with a magnificent frame but questionable fabric. Or, much to your dismay, your favorite couch has become soiled, saggy or sunken.

What do you do? Do you clean the piece, reupholster it or replace it?

I sought advice from Alec Houle, who has more than 50 years’ experience cleaning carpets and upholstery. There simply isn’t much out there in the upholstery industry that he hasn’t seen.