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What’s the Average Cost of Refinishing Furniture?

Average cost of refinishing furniture ranges from $100 to $2,000. The total cost depends on difficulty, furniture size, its antique value and other factors. It could also be on a per-hour or per-project basis.

It’s only an approximate because furniture comes in all types and sizes. In addition, they come in a variety of wood material (timber, oak, maple) and traditional coating (e.g. lacquer, shellac, varnish). Some modern furniture pieces also have polyurethane coating applied on them for longevity, durability and protection.

What happens during refinishing?

Refinishing and restoring furniture (especially antiques) is actually laborious and meticulous. It often requires repetitive motions to ensure smoothness and consistency.

In addition, from the start there should be rigorous assessment. The expert craftsmen take their time in determining the coating applied and the wood material used in building the furniture. This also ensures consistency and “minimal changes” to the furniture’s surface.

In some cases, the original coating should be removed first by furniture stripping (stripping off the paint or coating). This way the result would be more even. There are also cases when clients choose a different coating to give the furniture a fresh look or a stronger appeal.

Repairs might also be needed

Aside from refinishing, many furniture pieces also require a few repairs. These repairs might be necessary due to threats to the furniture’s overall integrity. For example, the table’s leg frames might have chipped or degraded. Or the chair’s joints have cracks that compromise its stability.

In these cases, craftsmen will determine the original wood material. They would then replace a few of the parts and apply coating. They would also check for chips, cracks and dents to ensure perfect results.

When it comes to antiques, there should be minimal changes and replacements. After all, antiques are often valued because of their original composition. If there are too many changes, it’s like a totally different furniture piece.

Average cost of refinishing furniture Sydney

The total costs vary depending on the type, size and value of the furniture. In addition, the duration of refinishing furniture could also depend on the type of procedure (e.g. French polishing, polyurethane coating, with or without stripping).

The whole job can also be done on site or at the workshop depending on the assignment or client’s preferences. Here at Glen Sheldon French Polishing, we take caution in handling and delivering back the client’s furniture pieces.

Contact us today and ask us about our furniture refinishing costs. You can also ask us about our full furniture restoration and repair services.