Nothing is more classic than a beautiful, rich piece of wood furniture. A warm colored wooden dining room table can serve as a gathering place for friends and family or a quiet place to mentally prepare for the day head while sipping a cup of coffee. Over time, the table is bound to sustain some wear and tear. Years of forgetting to use a coaster or accidentally scratching the wood can leave it looking dull and damaged.
As you look at the effects of years of use on the table, you might be wondering whether it can be saved or if it’s best to start shopping for a replacement. Oftentimes, you can refinish the table to give it a second life, but sometimes it’s just not worth the time and effort. Read on to learn how you can tell if your dining room table needs to be refinished or if it is better to replace it:
- Has it been painted? Take it as an immediate sign to head to the furniture store in Houston, MO if your wood table has been painted. Generally, most furniture is painted to hide something. Paint works to conceal old water stains or chips. You’ll likely find it’s not worth your time after you sand off that top layer of colored paint.
- Does it need to be re-glued? Give your table a solid shake. Did you notice any movement in the legs or the tabletop? Any swaying or rocking indicates the piece is no longer as sturdy as it should be. You will then be faced with tearing it apart before re-gluing each piece if you want to attempt to restore the table. Not only does this take a lot of skill and knowledge to pull off right, but it will also require quite a bit of space for this DIY project. Having a professional perform the task can be quite costly.
- How is the construction and quality? Unfortunately, things aren’t built like they used to be. Wood was the top material choice for hundreds of years. It was crafted to be durable and to last for decades. In the 1950s, mass-produced furniture made out of particleboard and laminate surfaces took over. These shoddily produced pieces aren’t built to last. You can purchase higher quality pieces, but you will likely pay for it at your furniture store in Houston, MO. Keep this in mind when you’re evaluating your dining room table. Don’t spend your valuable time and money refinishing a low quality piece of furniture.
Ultimately, you’ll have to determine how much value you place in the table. A valuable family heirloom is obviously going to be worth refinishing. At the same time, don’t commit yourself to a DIY project you aren’t confident you can complete.
Visit Crowleys Homeworks when you’re ready to replace your old dining room table. We carry high quality furniture at reasonable prices, and our associates would be happy to help you identify a piece that meets your needs while also staying within your budget. Come see us today!