+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1

    Default changing stain color on an antique piece

    I would like to change the color of an antique piece of furniture (wood and glass cabinet). My husband is afraid it could lessen the value of the piece. Any idea if changing the stain color (or painting) an antique could change it's value? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    208

    Default Re: changing stain color on an antique piece

    Modifying any antique in a significant way (like sanding it down and refinishing it with a different stain colour or repainting it) will significantly diminish it's value.

    It's so often that people with the best of intentions ruin valuable antiques by refinishing them or having them refinished.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    1,171

    Default Don't feed the trolls

    mmmK?
    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    2,075

    Default Re: changing stain color on an antique piece

    Quote Originally Posted by questionqueen View Post
    I would like to change the color of an antique piece of furniture (wood and glass cabinet). My husband is afraid it could lessen the value of the piece. Any idea if changing the stain color (or painting) an antique could change it's value? Thanks!
    After watching "Antiques Road Show" for too many years, I heard a loud deep voice which said "Thou shalt not alter an antique in any way if one wishes to retain it's value". If you're still feeling compelled to change colors or finishes, sell the thing to someone who appreciates it, and get something else whose value won't be affected by refinishing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Coventry, RI
    Posts
    340

    Default Re: changing stain color on an antique piece

    Have you had the piece appraised recently? If you have and it is worth a lot of money and it is just the finish that is looking old or worn you should leave it as is. People these days pay a lot of money for that antique look. Go to a furniture store and you will see a lot of new furniture that is distressed and painted to look old.

    If the piece is not worth a lot and is not a special rare piece and you have no intention of selling it then you could refinish it in a way that makes you happy. I talk to an appraiser to see what they thought first.

    Mike

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    3

    Default Re: changing stain color on an antique piece

    Quote Originally Posted by questionqueen View Post
    I would like to change the color of an antique piece of furniture (wood and glass cabinet). My husband is afraid it could lessen the value of the piece. Any idea if changing the stain color (or painting) an antique could change it's value? Thanks!
    Well, I'm not sure, but from what I've always heard is that if you refinish or restain an antique piece it dramatically reduces its value.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Fayette County, Ohio
    Posts
    5,796

    Default Re: changing stain color on an antique piece

    If it is an antique and it has the original finish, any alterations will lower value.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •