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You Did WHAT? The Restoration Methods to Avoid When it Comes to Antiques

Not all restoration techniques are the same. While some add to the look of the piece, some can outright ruin them. By ruin, we’re not referring to the overall appearance. It has something to do with the value of the piece as well.


Today, we take a look at antique restoration methods that should be avoided.


This refers to removing the previous finish and putting in a new one. If we’re talking about a swimming pool, this would be a resurfacing job. Much like resurfacing a pool, there is significant abrasive handling of the antique. In order for the new finish to do its job properly, all traces of the previous finish needs to be completely scrubbed off. If done improperly, you can damage the antique.

When it is done properly, the antique can indeed look new.

Even if the antique is intact throughout the process, after the new finish is applied, the overall value of the piece is reduced. If you’re looking to sell your refinished antique, you’d best be prepared to significantly lower its price.



This is one restoration method that should be avoided if you want to keep it intact or keep the value of your antique. When antiques are stripped, they are usually completely submerged in a chemical bath. This is to completely remove any sort of finish and patina that exists on the piece. If the piece is a previously restored antique, the chemical bath will even remove any glue that was used.

When you strip an antique, the veneer can end up peeling and fragile joints can end up swelling or breaking. When this occurs, the antique can completely fall apart and will need to be rebuilt from the base upwards. Once an antique is stripped, it loses all of its value. So you end up with something that you cannot resell in good faith.


Final thoughts

If you are aiming to restore your antique, it’s best to choose a method that does not risk the complete or drastic loss of the piece’s value.

No, It Is NOT Junk! The Simple Reasons Why People Collect Antiques


We all probably have that one relative that hogs all the old keepsakes from the yesteryears. While other people consider it the early symptoms of being a hoarder, we know differently. Owning and collecting antiques is a time-honored tradition. However, there are a lot of really simple reasons why people collect antiques. Let’s look at a few of them:



It holds sentimental value

It can be something as simple as your grandmother’s fan. It could even be your grandfather’s old wardrobe chest. Old things may not mean a lot in terms of financial value but pay in spades when it comes to sentimentality.

Owning or finding a piece that reminds of something good feeds your sense of nostalgia.

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It’s a hobby

A lot of collectors do so during their spare time. It’s a good break from modern life. These people don’t often buy the first thing they come across. Instead, they can study the piece and share the information to other hobbyists. It’s a healthy community that connects those who have an affinity for dated things.

It’s a good business

Those who are in the business of finding, restoring, and selling antiques find it to be a wholly lucrative endeavor. There are a lot of people who are looking for trusty sources of antiques. There is always a market for antiques no matter when you are.

It’s a rush

Certain antiques are harder to find than others. This is particularly true for collectors who are after specialized pieces. A collector can spend a significant amount of time tracking down a particular piece. When they do find it, it’s quite the adrenaline rush.

It reflects their personal style

If you’ve ever felt like you born in the wrong century, antiques can make you feel at home. Those that have large collections of antiques often create their own little time warp in the comfort of their homes.

Regardless of the reason why people collect antiques, there is no denying the staying power of these timeless pieces.

Are You Looking At a Fake? How to Differentiate Authentic Antiques from Forgeries

The appreciation for antiques is something that has not waned through the years. If anything, more and more people are aiming to get their hands of authentic antique pieces. As you can expect when anything is in demand, there will be unscrupulous people aiming to get a quick buck off of unsuspecting clients. In the recent 50 years, more and more people are putting out ‘refinished’ or ‘replicated’ antiques out into the market. No one wants that.


What is an authentic antique?

In the truest sense of the word, an antique is anything that’s over one hundred years old. The trouble with the market nowadays is that ‘antique’ is often synonymous or interchangeable with ‘vintage’. Anything vintage refers to anything that’s at least over ten years since it was first manufactured or made.

It is important to know the difference between the two before you start looking for authentic antiques. In the interest of helping you keep a learned eye out for acquisitions, let’s discuss some of the ways you can differentiate authentic from fake ones.

Fake antiques often possess these characteristics:

The weight is too light

Authentic antiques are rather hefty. If you’re looking to acquire anything that’s over a hundred years old, you should expect the materials to be clunky. So if you ever lift anything that’s marked as ‘authentic’ and you can lift it without any trouble, chances are, you’re dealing with a replica.

The price is dubious

Good antiques are usually sold at a high price. If something is too high, best be wary. If the price is too low, there’s a high probability that you’re dealing with a replica.

How do you check for authentic antiques?

Tap Method

You can use a coin or any small piece of metal to help you with this. Gently but consistently tap down the length of the antique. If you hear any dull clunking sounds, chances are the area has been repaired. In which case, you’re dealing with a restored or refurnished piece rather than an authentic antique.

Scent Check

Most replicas cannot replicate the smell of something old. So don’t be shy about sniffing the piece you’re looking at. Solvents or paint usually have a scent to it that lingers for months on end. This is hard to get rid of. So use your nose to sniff out fakes.

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