To Repair or Not to Repair

Too often I come across antiques that are in disrepair.  Sometimes to the point where one would think the only place it belongs is in the dump.  I have to ask myself if it’s worth it to rescue the piece.  Other times there is minor damage but the question remains – to repair or not to repair?

Once an antique has been modified, it is no longer considered an antique.  As soon as the veneer is removed and paint is applied, it has lost its original genetic makeup and becomes something new.

So, what can you do to retain the originality of the piece when it is clearly in need of help?

One idea is to repurpose the item.  Leave everything intact – ratty edges and all – and use it for something different!  Old books that are frayed and falling apart make great décor on a bookshelf or hall table.  An old doll pram whose leather is torn in some places can either be used as a plant stand or in a garden and would add great character.  An old buffet that has seen better days can be used in a potting shed.  But you get the idea.  Use your imagination and you’ll surprise yourself with what you come up with!

Another option is to restore.  Restore the item to its original state with some new materials.  There are professionals who dedicate their lives to this practice.  It is a highly skilled trade. 

When it comes to reselling antiques that require repair, I tend to leave well enough alone.  I prefer to repurpose the item or have it restored professionally. 

What do you do?

Please leave a comment below and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about repurposing or restoration!  I would love to help you out.

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