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Table Refinishing, A Great Way To Stretch Your Furniture Budget

Dec 18, 2007
Table refinishing is a great idea that almost everyone can benefit from, and there are as many kinds and styles of tables as you can possibly think of. Many different kinds and materials to choose from too. There are end tables, dinette tables tilt top tables step tables wood ones metal ones wicker and rattan, Thomas Chippendale tables, Duncan Fife tables too, and Sheridan tables as well, just to name a few, and every one can be refinished several times. By far the most common table to refinish would be a type of classic wooden table.

Trees have been friend of man because they provide Wood a beautiful and renewable resource that has been used for thousands of years. Wood continues to be a great choice and is the material we are focusing on today. Of the millions of wood tables in use today that could be successfully Refinished, many will be discarded for no better reason than their owners don't know what to do to keep them in good and condition.

In grandpa's day, the idea of discarding otherwise good stuff just because of issues of wear was unthinkable. Thankfully there has been a movement toward better stewardship and most people have understood how bad the disposable mindset of the eighties and nineties was. When a good table begins to wear and the finish becomes ugly, the worn finish may be removed and another fresh finish can be reapplied, this is what is meant when we speak of refinishing.

The variety of finish colors and glosses are endless. Often through refinishing your table it can take on the appearance of an altogether different table, unrecognizable to most as the previous piece. For example, in the 1960's the use of early American decor called for an extremely orange color that was commonly used on birch and maple tables. The early American stain became so identified with that period that when the early American phase passed, nobody seemed to want those old orange maple tables, so we refinished hundreds of them.

Then again around 1974 dark pine came into fashion, most people never even noticed that the same tables from the sixties were now being finished and refinished in a color more in keeping with the design trend of the day and millions of tables continued to be sold with almost no design change, the only real difference was the finish color of the wood. In the eighties the trend toward cherry reached it's apex and furniture colors changed once again.

So it becomes understandable, that when one owns good tables that have become a worn, it makes sense to refinish. Although great tables are available at fine stores today, the old tables typically offer well-seasoned wood, good quality joints and workmanship of a higher quality than most made now, so you should think twice before you decide to spend your hard earned cash for new ones, and you too can enjoy better quality tables for less money than you thought possible if you remember to refinish rather than replace.
About the Author
John VerHines, Master restorer and president of Gramco. With 40+ years experience in Furniture Restoration, Refinishing & Repair visit http://www.GramcoRestoration.com visit http://www.GramcoRestoration.com
Copyright 2006Gramco Furniture
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