J&J Made's Guide to Refurbishing Vintage Furniture

Posted: Dec 29 2014

As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure, and that's just what J&J Made proves with their amazing refurbished furniture pieces. Here they give us their guide to giving new life vintage finds.


Hunt for Your Treasure:

Great finds are everywhere, you just have to invest some time and look around. At J&J Made we tend to focus on estate sales, antique markets and auctions, however we've found some awesome stuff on Kijiji and Craigslist as well.

There is an amazing local antique market in Hamilton, Ontario (Christie Antique Show) which only happens twice a year, full of really cool stuff - you don't want to miss it!

We also travel down to the US for some of their big markets.

And don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, some of our best finds have come from digging around a market or antique shop.

How to Spot Treasure:

Look for good bones, a well made piece of furniture will stay solid for years. Older high quality pieces of furniture won't have any screws or nails, just wood joints holding the frame together.

We have a soft spot for mid century modern furniture, mainly Danish pieces. We're always on the look out for chairs and sofas made of teak and rosewood. If the piece happens to have a label or marking to identify the designer and manufacturer, that may increase its value.

There are so many styles of furniture, find what you like and go with it.

Decide on a new look:

There are so many amazing fabrics available today, it can be tricky to find the right one that works for you. We recommend clients take samples home and live with them for a few days and then make their final decision.

We aim to create really unique pieces, like works of art in a way but functional.

Hire a professional:

If you've invested time and effort finding a really great piece of furniture, you'll want to make sure it lasts for a long time. Having a professional refinish and restore the piece is really important and doesn't necessarily mean expensive.

Make room in your home:

Once you have that new piece in your home make sure you place it in a special place - its needs a spot to shine :)


Good Luck!
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