Smart Care Tips for Vintage Furniture
Look after and maintain the authentic charm of vintage pieces
Some folks love to make period furnishings feel new; others aim to keep them looking nice while retaining their authentic charm. If you fall into the latter camp, take these cues from veteran appraiser Patrick van der Vorst, founder of Value My Stuff, which offers expert valuations for under $10.
Dining tables often show wear at the center, while chairs show age on the front legs. Dry-dust often, but skip polish in favor of wax just twice a year.
Unsurprisingly, 150-year-old original fabric might look a little shabby. It's fine to cover up the fabric—just leave it intact beneath the new material, to preserve the item's integrity. If the upholstery isn't original, don't bother saving what's there.
Fix pieces that are wobbly, but before a bigger overhaul, check historical resources to find materials and finishes that are period-appropriate.