Today, people are consuming more and throwing away more. Everything seems to be disposable. From water bottles and razor blades to cars and furniture some would say we are becoming a ‘Disposable Society’. Furniture is no exception.
Pickering Furniture Refinishing is part of Antero’s Urban Wood Designs where our aims are to reduce the amount of waste making it to our landfill sites by offering refinishing, repair and restoration services to owners of quality, heirloom furniture.
Antique furniture vs historical treasures
Antique furniture is furniture that holds no historical significance except to the owner. While they are generally well built, their monetary value will not be affected by repairs or refreshing their finish.
Furniture with historical significance should be appraised before having anybody attempt to repair or refinish the piece. A desk owned and used by Sir Isaac Brock or Sir John A MacDonald could be rendered comparatively worthless if repairs are not made using wood cut from trees during the time of the original owner and using period specific glues and finishes.
If you have any concerns what-so-ever as to the value of your treasured piece, it is strongly recommended that you have it appraised and inquire what the impact of having it restored would have on it.
A little about me
My name is Michael Lehikoinen I grew up here in Ontario within places ranging from Brampton to Parry Sound and a couple of places in between. I love to work with my hands and strive to do the best possible on every project. I have been happily married since 2006 and am the father of 1.
I’m mostly self taught in the field of working wood, using internet resources as my guide, with inspiration being received from Michael Fortune, Sam Maloof, Marc Spagnuolo, Shannon Rogers and Anton Gaudi. I blend my use of power tools and hand tools to balance efficiency and allowing the wood to tell its story. Furniture styles that I have found fascinating include periods from the Shaker, Arts & Crafts and Queen Anne movements.