If you’re asking, “What can I do with antique furniture?” it’s probably because you don’t know what to do with it whatsoever. That’s okay, most of us don’t know anything about antique furniture, we leave the facts and expertise up to swanky auction houses and antique dealers. But if you know or discover antique furniture in your home, during an estate home clean out, or somewhere else, you might have something of real value on your hands or at the very least, a sentimental item to enjoy.
What can I Do with Antique Furniture?
Whether you are converting a guest room into a play room, emptying out an attic or basement, or just going through your possessions, if you have genuine antique furniture, make sure it is indeed antique. So, first thing is first: verify its age and authenticity. You can do this by doing a little research about it on your own and if you’re confident it is antique, take the next step and have an expert look at it. This is also a great way to verify its value as well as its demand.
Many antique pieces were originally stained rather than painted. In the 18th and early 19th centuries many pieces of American furniture were built with domestic woods such as maple or cherry and then stained to make them look like mahogany, which was imported from foreign shores, and therefore considered more exotic and valuable. —PBS.org
There are really only three scenarios to experience: it’s not antique furniture, it is authentic antique furniture and has no real value and/or is in demand, or it is genuine antique furniture and it does have value and/or is in demand. Of course, the latter is the best of the three scenarios, but even if it isn’t there are still things you can do with antique furniture, such as the following suggestions:
- Restore it. Once you verify its authenticity and decide you’d like to keep it, you should consider restoring it. In many cases, true antiques are harmed in value and demand when restore but in other instances, it does not make a difference. This is a great option if you want to hold onto it but do not care about its value, only its aesthetic and functional condition.
- Sell it. If it does have value and you want to put a little cash in your pocket, you can consign it for sale through an antique dealer or sell it outright on your own. The former is the better option because an antique dealer will have all the knowledge necessary to answer any questions. But if you want to maximize the amount you make, sell it on your own.
- Donate it. Another option is to donate it to a museum — it doesn’t even have to be a local museum. Antique furniture is a welcome addition for many museums and you’ll be proud to see it preserved and displayed for many others to enjoy.
- Repurpose it. If your antique furniture can not be restored for one or more reasons, considering repurposing it for a new lease on life. It might be a great addition to another room in your home with a whole new purpose. Do a little research for inspiration and go for it and then enjoy it for years to come.
- Auction it. Yet another option for what to do with antique furniture is to auction it. This way, it will have more exposure and you might get more money for it through an auction. Before you commit, be sure to do a little investigation into the auction house to know its track record.
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