All objects and furniture in the Fargo collection always go through a condition check and basic maintenance. If necessary, they will be restored by Juha Valli, a professional specializing in the restoration of old furniture. We asked him what different things should be taken into account when renovating an old object? How is the lacquer and oil finish of the furniture different? How does restoration increase the lifespan of a piece of furniture? Or why should the furniture be restored?
Preservation of originality
When refurbishing old furniture, it is of the utmost importance to preserve the object's originality and the dignity brought by age. Excessive restoration or fading of the originality may decrease the value of the object. It is important to take into account the special features and history of the piece of furniture during the restoration.
Differences between varnish and oil surfaces
Varnish surface and oil surface differ from each other in that the varnish surface forms a film on top of the wood, while the oiled surface is a layer absorbed into the wood. Oiled surfaces are commonly used, for example, on teak surfaces, as they protect the wood from moisture and give it a natural appearance.
Effect of renovation on service life
Refurbishing furniture increases its lifespan, because during the renovation everything is repaired and maintained to make it functional. Thanks to this, the furniture gets a new and ecologically sustainable life. Refurbished furniture is often made of better quality materials than new, which guarantees a longer service life.
The benefits of renovation
Refurbishing furniture is profitable for many reasons. Old furniture is often made of significantly higher quality materials than new, which makes it more durable and gives it a longer lifespan. In addition, a properly done restoration can increase the value of the piece of furniture and increase its charm.
It is advisable to ask the customer for instructions on the maintenance and care of the furniture from the restorer or the seller. Traditionally, refurbished furniture usually requires little maintenance. For example, traditional lacquer or oil surfaces can be treated and restored directly by maintaining the surface without having to remove it.
Restoration and maintenance of old furniture are important things that help preserve the value and charm of the furniture. The tips and instructions of a professional help to take care of the furniture in the right way and ensure a long life cycle for it.
So here are a few basic tips on refurbishing furniture. We are starting a blog series that deals with the maintenance of various furniture, textiles and surfaces. So it's worth following our newsletter and also take a look at the Fargo collection , all of which have been serviced and, if necessary, refurbished.