Do Not Throw it Away

August 27, 2015 BY Carrocel Interiors | 23 Comments on Do Not Throw it Away

Restore that Old Dining Room Table! Furniture restoration is more than just splashing a new layer of varnish on a worn surface. It requires talent, skill and experience to take your old dining room table and breathe new life into every inch and curve. Perhaps your dining table is a family heirloom or maybe it was a fine furniture find that you picked out years ago. Regardless of how long you have treasured it, there’s no need to toss that dinged, scratched and worn table. Instead, you can restore and refinish it to look truly gorgeous again. Restoring and Refinishing Fine Wood Furniture You loved your dining room table once, so why give it up now? The experts at Carrocel ...

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What You Need to Know Before Taking on Antique Furniture Restoration

July 27, 2015 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Helpful Tips from Carrocel You have the perfect piece of furniture, but it has seen better days. You may be tempted to do a little furniture repair and restoration yourself - after all, the TV shows make it look simple. Before you restore your furniture, there are some things you should consider, including whether or not it is worth it to restore that piece in the first place. Should You Restore Antique Furniture? Furniture Restoration Advice from Carrocel Refinishing an antique, if done wrong, can actually decrease its value. While most pieces of furniture benefit from repair and restoration, you must determine whether the piece you are restoring has these characteristics: It should be something important to you. Because furniture ...

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Consider the Craftsmanship of Professional Furniture Reupholstery

May 10, 2015 BY Carrocel Interiors | 4 Comments on Consider the Craftsmanship of Professional Furniture Reupholstery

Most consumers do not realize the costs or the benefits of furniture reupholstery. If you have an outdated piece of furniture or just an item that needs its upholstery refreshed, there are a few things you will want to consider; most importantly, whether or not you should invest in a professional doing the job for you. A Quality Piece Requires Quality Furniture Reupholstery If you have a well-built piece of furniture or even a vintage furniture piece, it is something that is worth investing in. From droopy seat cushions to torn fabric, these degrade the value of your furniture. While you could reupholster them yourself, if it does not hold or is done incorrectly, you will not add any value. ...

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How Much Does Furniture Refinishing Cost?

February 16, 2015 BY Carrocel Interiors | 7 Comments on How Much Does Furniture Refinishing Cost?

Wear and tear is normal for furniture. Eventually, there may come a time you need furniture refinishing to restore or repair your furniture and make it as good as new. It is best to leave refinishing to the professionals, especially when dealing with antique furniture. You should be aware that the cost of refinishing, however, is not a one-price-fits-all situation. In fact, an established restoration company will base their pricing on a few important factors: Damage - The damage to the piece of furniture and assessing necessary repairs is the first step. The more repairs the furniture item needs, the more the refinishing process will cost. Size - If you have a large piece of furniture, it will cost more ...

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How To Restore Drawers In Antique Sideboards

January 27, 2015 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Antique sideboards add character to your home, but may require some repair first. After sitting for decades in various climates, the wood of an antique sideboard can expand, causing the drawers to stick or close awkwardly. In other cases, just years of use and wood rubbing against wood has worn away at the integrity of the drawers, making them difficult to open and close. While professional furniture restoration is best when fixing antiques, there are ways to restore the drawers of your sideboard at home. Furniture Restoration Tips For Sideboard Drawers Examine your sideboard carefully to identify the cause of your awkward, loose or tight drawers. It is unlikely the same repair will be done on each drawer because you ...

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The Joys Of Furniture Refinishing

October 23, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Are you a fan of reality TV shows like the Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers? Then you probably love to browse through flea markets and estate sales in search of that one-of-a-kind treasure. And if you've ever bought or inherited antique furniture, you know you have an exciting opportunity to transform an eyesore into an attention-grabber. While you will appreciate the charm of old furniture that has been refinished, here are some points to consider before you embark on your next project: Refinishing can be rewarding. A well-loved, old piece of furniture is irreplaceable. Handmade pieces are generally better made than their modern, machine-crafted counterparts. Refinishing a hand-crafted quality piece will give it longevity and breathe new life into your ...

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Furniture Repair Takes A Lot More Than A Quick Patch-Up

June 17, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 2 Comments on Furniture Repair Takes A Lot More Than A Quick Patch-Up

  Antique furniture is not like your garden variety furniture you find at big box stores—it is unique; therefore, the care and repair is equally unique. Before you try furniture repairs on your antique pieces, consider these tips and evaluate whether or not you should call in a professional. Things To Consider When Performing Antique Furniture Repairs Research The Piece You Are About To Repair: What era is it from? What materials and techniques were used to create it? Find out the value of the item as well. If the item is worth thousands, it is best to hire a professional for the repair or restoration process. If the item is not of very high monetary value, you may want ...

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DIY Furniture Repair Tips

May 27, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 1 Comment on DIY Furniture Repair Tips

Preserve The Value Of Your Antiques With Professional Furniture Repairs While it is okay to do minor furniture repairs like fixing small scratches, dents and tears yourself, it is preferable to leave antique repairs and refinishing to the professionals. Without the right tools and training, you could damage the appearance of vintage items and diminish their value. Here are some common furniture repairs you can attempt: Minor scratches Rub the paste of a Walnut or Brazil nut into the scratch of light to medium coloured wood. The oil will darken the scratch and the paste will level it off. Then buff with a cloth. A similar-coloured wax crayon would also work. Fill in the scratch then use a hot dry ...

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The Difference Between Upcycling, Recycling, And Antique Refinishing

April 15, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Preserve Sentiment And Value With Professional Antique Restorations Quality antique restorations can give worn out furniture a new lease on life. Concern for the environment and sentimental attachment for heritage items is causing more people to think about how they can salvage vintage items rather than dispose of them in the landfill. One environmentally-friendly trend that has caught on is the upcycling of old-fashioned items. What Is The Difference Between Upcycling, Recycling And Antique Refinishing? Upcycling involves taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative. Many people consider this to be a form of recycling, which involves breaking down the item and using the materials ...

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Professional Furniture Refinishing Tips For Damaged Antique Items

March 18, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | 3 Comments on Professional Furniture Refinishing Tips For Damaged Antique Items

Quick And Easy Fixes For Damaged Wood Antique furniture refinishing is best left to a professional restoration service. This will help avoid damage and preserve the value of the item. You can, however, do minor restorations for other furniture items in your home fairly easily. Water damage to finished tables, nicks and scratches on wood surfaces, and remnants of perfume or hairspray are some of the typical damages that we see. Here are quick and easy furniture refinishing tips to help tackle these common problems: Undoing water damage: Wet glasses or vases, hot dishes and water spills often leave unsightly white marks (or rings) on your wooden table. These marks occur as a result of moisture seeping into the finish. ...

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How To Boost The Value And Maximize Profit With Your Antique Chairs

March 4, 2014 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Your Antique Chairs And Vintage Furniture Can Fetch Top Dollar! There is no doubt that antique chairs and other types of vintage furniture can fetch you good returns. Remember however, that the selling price is determined by a number of factors including market conditions and the demand for your piece at the time of sale. Here are 10 tips from the experts at Carrocel Restorations to help you get optimal returns. Buy from established vintage furniture dealers: Association memberships are a good way to determine their credibility. Invest in things you like: Whether you choose antique chairs or other types of vintage furniture, you should be happy to have them in your home. Financial value is a bonus. Remember that ...

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Considering Furniture Refinishing? Think About Furniture Reupholstery Too

December 20, 2013 BY Carrocel Interiors | 13 Comments on Considering Furniture Refinishing? Think About Furniture Reupholstery Too

Furniture Refinishing Most old furniture can look beautiful when restored to pristine condition.Furniture refinishing is one way you can restore an old-looking piece of furniture. However, if you really want to breathe new life into your furniture, you might also want to consider furniture reupholstery. Doing so gives old furniture a new look while retaining the original charm. This can turn a relatively boring piece into something more unique and stylish. Furniture Reupholstery However, before you do any furniture reupholstery, you should make sure that the furniture is not a rare antique. Furniture reupholstering can sometimes decrease the value of some pieces, especially if they are crafted or manufactured by a well-known name and are considered works of art. If ...

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Helpful Tips And Tricks For Easy Antique Furniture Repairs

December 11, 2013 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Searching for, finding, restoring and owning an antique is a wonderful hobby. However, along with owning antiques comes the responsibility of caring for them the right way. Antique furniture can often be very easily damaged. Some of the most common causes of damage include simple carelessness, such as bumps and scrapes, or factors that are more difficult to control, such as heat, humidity, and extended exposure to sunlight. When you need to perform antique repairs, you may be worried about the expense. It may be tempting to try furniture repairs for your antique pieces on your own. Experts recommend that you think about the long term value of your valuable antiques and seek skilled professionals for the job. In addition, ...

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Difference Between Antique Restorations And Reupholstering Your Furniture

November 19, 2013 BY Carrocel Interiors | 3 Comments on Difference Between Antique Restorations And Reupholstering Your Furniture

Considering Fine Antique Furniture Restoration? When conducting antique furniture restorations, you may be tempted to reupholster your sofa or dining chairs some of the pieces in order to make them look more attractive and stylish. However, there is also a question as to whether reupholstering will decrease the value of the antique. To answer the question of restoration vs. refinishing, you must first consider the piece you are working with. Experts recommend that a classic piece that is unique or rare, and exhibits fine elements of early artisanship should not be altered. Additionally, if the piece is made by a notable designer or craftsman, it is likewise best to leave the piece in its original condition after performing antique restorations. ...

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Main Causes Of Antique Furniture Damage That Needs Restoration

November 5, 2013 BY Carrocel Interiors | 2 Comments on Main Causes Of Antique Furniture Damage That Needs Restoration

Watch For These Main Causes Of Antique Furniture Damage When you own fine antique furniture, you need to be aware of some of the most common causes of damage. Especially after putting a lot of time into antique fine furniture restoration, you want to be sure to maintain the pristine quality of your vintage furniture. Likewise, if your furniture does suffer unfortunate damage, you should know how to perform basic antique restoration to repair the piece. Much of the damage that occurs with furniture is preventable. Be aware of these common reasons for damage and you will be able to keep your vintage furniture looking beautiful and well maintained. Carelessness — This is one of the major causes of damage ...

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