Refurbish or restore, what is the different?
Many of our customer ask us how to restore their furniture. Most of them think it is a good idea to make all looking like new! This is refurbish, and from our view that’s often is a big mistake!
Hardline Collectors, e.g. for Bauhaus originals do not tolerate any new paint, no re-chroming. No real collector will buy a fresh polished copper Artichoke from Louis Poulsen. They like the brownish patina of copper.
A refurbished furniture is a second hand item, thats good in many cases, but take care not to ruin the worth of your furniture!
Let’s see what the different…
Also the Action Office in the picture. The last owner stored it standing on the painted side, he pushed it along the floor several times, so it was such scratched and damaged, that no restoration was possible. It got new paint.
If it has only signs of wear, don’t sand wood, just clean it, stop and repair tears, supplement missing cane, clean paint or plastic, but don’t use new paint, stop rust, safe as much of original as possible!