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Question DetailsAsked on 2/18/2015

Where can I get antique furniture repaired in East Texas?

I have several very old pieces of wood furniture that are broken or damaged. I need an antique restoration company to try and get them repaired.

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Hi,

This is Kyle K in Member Care. I'm happy to help!

I looked through our database to find providers to assist you, but I'm sorry to say we don't currently have options in your area.

We like to offer members at least three options for their projects, so when this happens we are happy to offer the services of our Local Research Department. They will search outside of our database to track down some options for you. Because these providers won't be rated by members, it will be difficult to determine intangibles like reliability, price, expertise and other things that can be found on member reviews. However, we want to help you find a place to start with your project. Please allow a couple of business days for them to follow up with their findings.

Answered 5 years ago by Member Services

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Texas seems to have an antique store on pretty much every township line corner, so if AL staff is not able to find a few for you, I would stop by a few antique stores that look professional and clean (as opposed to ones that look like the leavings of a barn cleanout) and ask if they know of any good antique furniture repair vendors.

Local auctioneeers might know of some too.


Be sure to discuss with the restorers whether you want "as original" restoration, or"appearance" restoration - the former uses the same materials and methods as original (so matching wood type, hand work, hide mucillage gleu and shellac or instance, etc) whereas the latter uses modern methods and materials. Can make several fold difference in restoration time and cost - but also can make the difference between it being considered a true antique and just being a refurbished old piece of furniture.


Saw one example set out once at an antique sale - two chairs side by side from same 1600's dining set that had been repaired - the one done in authentic would have impacted the total set value by a few percent - but the other was repaired using modern wood, methods and finishes so that cut the value of the roughly $130,000 complete set down to $10,000 by saving maybe $500 or so on the restoration.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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