“Why repair or restore older furniture?”
The truth is, “they don’t make’em like they used to!” The quality of new furniture has been declining for the past several decades. A lot of new furniture is made with particleboard, cardboard, and even plastic. The material is then covered with paper-thin wood veneer or photo finish (a material similar to contact paper). Even some of today’s “better” furniture is made from inferior materials with poor craftsmanship. And if you want new solid wood furniture, the cost is astronomical.
On the other hand, older furniture tends to be of very high quality compared to what is available new. It is usually made of solid wood or real wood veneers with a solid wood core. The overall construction tends to be more substantial than what is made today. But today’s furniture finishes are vastly superior to what was available in years past. Combine this old-time quality with the better modern finishes, the cost savings you’ll reap, and you’re looking at the best reason to refinish and not replace.
“Why would I spend money re-upholstering my sofa, when I can buy a new one for $300.00?”
Many have asked this question just to be faced with the answer of having to discard that $300 sofa after a year of use.
Today’s upholstered furniture is made with inferior quality materials. The inside wood frames are made with particle board, plastic, and sometimes even cardboard. They are put together using staples and nails, instead of glue and screws. This inferior inside frame will eventually begin to come apart and you are left with having to purchase another cheap upholstered piece.
Many experts, including top designers and furniture craftsmen, recommend re-upholstering older quality frames as opposed to purchasing new ones. This allows the consumer to not only get a quality piece of furniture, but to be able to choose their own look, style and colour. Many “older” looking sofas can be easily updated with new fabric and accessories.
“Why would I keep this old piano when I can buy a new digital keyboard”
Ask any pianist, musician or piano lover and they will all agree that nothing sounds or looks like a real piano. Many older pianos are works of art with exquisite carvings, extensive details, and beautiful cabinets. They are classic pieces of furniture that never go out of style. Most pianos are also extremely durable and can be serviced over and over. New strings, felts, hammers, key tops, etc., can give your older piano a brand new sound. And refinishing the cabinet can give it a whole new life.
How We Do it
The process of refinishing and restoration is an art that is cherished at Conda Restorations. We strive to make every item as perfect as the day it was first built. Our professionals consult with each and every client as to their preferences and wishes.
Furniture is a major part of any home. Maintaining that furniture is essential in keeping your home beautiful. A few simple touch-ups or changing the colour of a piece can give furniture a fresh new look. We at Conda Restorations recognize this and we are anxious to help you create that perfect look.
The refinishing process involves several steps. Our professionals at Conda perform every step by hand and with quality care. Our hand stripping, hand sanding, and custom lacquer finishing guarantees that your furniture will look and feel just the way you want it. Our upholstery department uses the best quality materials and offers the top designer fabrics.