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HOW TO TELL IF WOOD FURNITURE
          IS WORTH REFINISHING 



                  IS THAT FLEA MARKET FIND WORTH YOUR
                    TIME AND ELBOW GREASE?
               OUR EXPERT HELPS YOU DECIDE. 

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. THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER FIRST BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO REFINISH.








                    IS THE PIECE PAINTED?

BEWARE OF THINGS THAT ARE PAINTED. 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. THERE WAS A TIME PERIOD THAT IT WAS THE FASHION TO PAINT EVERYTHING. ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS HAD A PINK PAINTED DRESSER. SHE DID NOT KNOW IF SHE WANTED US TO STRIP IT. WE DID AND IT WAS POPLAR WOOD. 

       IS THE CONSTRUCTION HIGH-QUALITY?

LOOK FOR SIGNS THAT THE PIECE WAS MADE BEFORE 1950, MAYBE EVEN 1960.  "THAT'S WHEN PARTICLE BOARD AND LAMINATE SURFACES AND POPULAR CUTTING CORNERS CAME ALONG." 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 A 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 CALL FURNITURE REPAIR BY FRY'S AT 316-283-7650.

        DOES THE PIECE NEED TO BE RE-GLUED?

THE NEXT THING YOU NEED TO DO IS GIVE THE PIECE WHAT CALLED "THE RICKETY TEST". PUT YOUR HANDS ON IT, ROCK IT BACK AND FORTH, AND TEST THE DRAWERS, IF THERE ARE ANY, TO SEE HOW MUCH SWAYING IS GOING ON.  IF THE PIECE ISN'T STURDY, YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO BRING IT TO FURNITURE REPAIR BY FRY'S AND WE WILL TAKE IT APART AND RE-GLUE IT USING CLAMPS, AND NOT EVERYONE HAS THE SILL FOR THAT-OR THE WORKSPACE FOR THAT MATTER.

IF THE PIECE OF FURNITURE NEEDS RE-GLUED EXPECT TO PAY BASED ON HOW COMPLICATED THE PIECE IS. "IT TAKES TIME TO KNOCK THE PIECE APART AND COMPLETELY REMOVE THE OLD GLUE AND START OVER. "REGLUING A CHEST OF THREE DRAWERS COULD EASILY COST $350 TO $400." 

              WHAT WILL THE WOOD LOOK
                LIKE WHEN YOU'RE DONE?










WHEN A PIECE HAS BEEN NEGLECTED FOR DECADES, IT'S TOUGH TO TELL WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE ONCE IT'S REFINISHED.


               RECENT WORK REFINISHED