Furniture Restoration & Upcycling - Our Top Tips Tricks

February 25, 2021

If you have furniture that’s not brand new, you’ve surely noticed it looking a little worse for wear. Perhaps you have a side table that’s been with your family for generations, or maybe you picked up a desk at a charity shop that you were planning on upcycling. Chances are, you have a piece that could benefit from furniture restoration or refinishing.

Read on for our tips and tricks for furniture restoration and upcycling. We even have some images to inspire your future refinishing projects.

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What is Furniture Restoration?

Furniture restoration and refinishing refer to the art of restoring furniture to its former glory. It can also include touching up paint or applying a new paint colour to a piece of furniture. If you have wooden furniture, you can also hire someone to restore the wood’s finish or apply a new stain.

Restoring furniture encompasses repairing scratches and dents, and even applying a distressed finish. You know, if you bought a brand new dining room table and want it to look old!

Half Restored Desk

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Tips and Tricks for Upcycling

Our number one tip for upcycling your furniture is to hire a professional. It’s smarter to spend the money and hire someone who is trained to refinish furniture. You don’t want to take a risk and end up ruining your furniture that’s been passed down through your family. It’s not worth the stress of trying to DIY when you can hire a professional to refinish your furniture.

If you’re just looking to refresh the appearance of your home, consider getting a piece of furniture from a charity shop. Make sure it’s sturdy and well-built and take it home! Have it refinished and brought back to its former glory, or have it painted a new colour. This is a great way to add some personality to your home, especially if you’re just starting out.

For Hiring a Professional

Hiring a professional to do your furniture restoration is your best bet. You won’t risk ruining your heirloom furniture and being disappointed in the result of your DIY upcycling. That said, you should take a few precautions when hiring a furniture restoration expert.

Before hiring anyone to refinish your furniture, ask for pictures of their past work. If they don’t offer any or the results look bad, walk away. You want to make sure the person you’re hiring has the experience needed for your furniture restoration project. See if their past work is in line with what you’re looking for.

To find a professional to help with your upcycling, submit a free request on Bidvine.

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For Doing it Yourself

The most important thing to do when you’re restoring or upcycling your furniture is be careful. While doing it yourself may save some money, it can also hurt the value of the piece. It never hurts to consult a furniture restoration expert if you’re unsure.

If you choose to DIY, make sure you use high-quality products. There’s nothing worse than skimping out on refinishing products and ending up with a destroyed piece of furniture. Before you start your furniture restoration project, do a spot test. Apply a little bit of product to a hidden part of the piece to test it out. Some products react badly with different materials, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. KayuConnection put together a comprehensive how-to guide on painting wooden furniture that we also recommend consulting.

Getting ready to DIY your furniture restoration? Ensure that you have a well-ventilated area (preferably outdoors) and plenty of time. You’ll need to wait out drying times, and you won’t want your home smelling like paint stripper. Get your materials together, and give it a go!

If you’re nervous about upcycling at home, find a professional furniture refinisher on Bidvine today.

Refinish Table diy Network

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How Much Does Furniture Restoration Cost?

The fee for furniture refinishing or restoration depends on the professional. Some charge an hourly rate, while some charge a flat rate based on the type of furniture. When you’re asking for a bid on Bidvine, discuss your options.

The cost also depends on the extent of the job. It costs less to strip paint or apply new paint than it does to restore a 200-year old armoire. If your furniture has dents or scrapes, this will also increase the cost. Keep this in mind when you’re requesting a bid.


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This chair was a DIY, picked up from a charity shop! We love the way it looks now and think it could fit in any home. While it may look more traditional, imagine if it had been reupholstered with a polka dot fabric. That would look perfect in a kid’s room or an eclectic home.

Furniture Repair

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This one is amazing, and the chair went from belonging in the bin to having a place in a formal dining room. It goes to show that even the least attractive pieces can be saved. If you have anything like this lying around your home, hire a furniture refinisher!

Buffet Before After

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What a great transformation. This blogger found an old buffet table on Craigslist and totally fixed it up. Of course, she had all the tools from years of DIYs. So, if you don’t have a paint sprayer or sander, your best bet is to hire a professional. 

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Crib Turned Desk

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If you have little ones running around, consider upcycling their crib into a desk! This one has chalkboard paint on its surface, which we love. This is a great way to try and keep their crafts contained in their room.

Did this article inspire you to upcycle your furniture? If it did, get out there, find a piece that needs some love, and hire a furniture refinisher! They’ll help you with your upcycling and furniture restoration projects without the stress of a DIY venture.

If you’re interested in chalkboard paint and making the most of your space, read this post

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