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A Furniture Decision - To New Or Re - New
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There is a certain spot in your house that needs just that one particular piece of furniture to finish out the look for your perfect decorating plan. Question is, do you buy new or look through the myriad of flea markets and garage sales to find that perfect piece? The answer should be quite simple once you think about what you are trying to do.

The only rule, whether new or used, is to buy solid wood. There is so much of the new furniture that has elements other than the real thing (paper, glue, plant fibers, and cellulose come to mind) that you must be careful in your purchase. Only solid wood will retain the same quality over a period of time, and if needed can be refinished again at a later date for a fresh new look. Damage to solid wood can be repaired, but not necessarily so for things other than solid wood.

You can certainly go to furniture stores and, after much looking and measuring, find a piece that is suitable for the space you have allotted. The price you pay will certainly be worth it to fill in your design exactly. However, you will be limited to style, size, and color selection, and you may not be entirely happy with what you have purchased and how it fits long-term into your decorating plans.

However, you could possible save some money and time by knowing what you want and finding an orphan piece of furniture that just needs a little tender loving care, then make it perfect for your needs. How much more fun is it to go to flea markets with your idea in mind and rescue that piece and make it yours forever? You will no doubt find more unique styles and sizes, and the color you need can be easily accomplished. And if the repair and refinishing is more than you can handle, find a good restoration shop that can give your adopted piece a new life. If the new piece is a little wobbly or has a nick that you are not happy with you should probably hire a professional to do the work. Special glues and techniques are sometimes necessary to accomplish restoring the furniture. Not to mention that if there are some obvious signs that the piece needs work you will probably be able to buy it much cheaper than the tagged price suggests. Since you can get the piece for a song, the cost of restoring the piece for your empty spot would be well worth the effort. A quality shop would be able to not only make the piece stable for the long haul, but would be able to refinish the entire piece and make it the color or finish that you need. The cost would not be prohibitive since you originally paid so little for the piece, and it could last a lifetime or more. You can also feel good about your reuse of the previously owned furniture because restoring and refinishing takes less energy and material than replacing new

So the furniture decision remains - new or re-new? Just keep an open mind and remember the one rule - solid wood only. No matter the decision, make a wise choice and you can pass down that piece to your children and grandchildren and start a family heirloom tradition!


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