Antique Restorationantique wooden console with engravings

Whether you’ve managed to get a perfect estate-sale item, receive a beloved family heirloom, or purchased a statement piece in your home, your antiques bring a refinement and class to your home or business.

Of course, time and usage can damage antiques – but don’t let scratches, broken legs, or damaged finishes diminish your love for the piece. Trust Furniture Medic by VaHill Restore and Cabinets’s antique restoration Dallas, TX and repair technicians to treat your antiques with the care they deserve.

Common Terms & Types of Antique Restorations

From thorough cleaning to structural repair, antique restoration work takes on many different forms. Here’s an introduction to some of the most terms and types of antique restoration:


For an item to be officially considered “antique”, it must be 100 years old or more. The term “vintage” describes a collectible item between 20 and 99 years old. And as for “retro”, this term applies to anything made within the last 20 years (as well as serving as a reference to a different style of the past).

Antique Restoration

Antique restoration is term used for the work involved to bring an antique or heirloom as close to its original condition as possible, including structural repairs and finish restoration.

Antique Repair

Similar to antique repair is the process of fixing scratches, gouges, water stains, broken legs, loose hinges, sticking drawers, and other damages.

Antique Finish Restoration

The surface sheen (known as the patina) of an antique often makes a big difference when it comes to the value of an antique piece. An antique finish restoration protects the patina developed over time while enhancing it, creating a uniform look that includes a thorough cleaning to remove accumulated grime and grease.

Antique Refinishing

During the process of antique refinishing, the original surface finish is removed and then replaced with a special varnish to preserve the piece. This can be done to the whole piece or to smaller areas as a spot treatment.

Antique Stripping

Stripping an antique piece involves applying a chemical solvent that removes the finish of the piece and brings it back to bare wood. Because of the nature of the solvent, great care must be taken to preserve the glue used to hold the piece together.

Our Antique Restoration Dallas, TX Process

Depending on the type of restoration your antique piece needs, our team of technicians will remove the piece off-site to complete the restoration work. However, for light touch-up work, these repairs can often be done in your home.

Our process typically involves:

  • An initial inspection of the piece for any structural issues, paying special attention to the condition of the finish.
  • Next, we will carefully clean the piece and touch up any spots where color and finish are needed while preserving the patina of the piece.
  • For more structural-oriented issues (such as loose joints or broken parts), we will mend and/or refabricate necessary areas to reassemble.
  • Once your piece is finished, we work with you to return your antique based on a time that works with your schedule.

Will Restoration Impact the Value of My Antique?

It’s difficult to know if an antique is authentic and what its estimated value may be without the knowledge of a certified appraiser.

While we do our best to preserve the value of a piece, it is highly recommended that you seek out the advice of a certified appraiser for a thorough evaluation to answer any questions and concerns about the impact of a restoration on your piece.

Furniture Medic by VaHill Restore and Cabinets: Antique Restoration Experts Near You

If you’re ready to bring your beloved piece back to life, reach out to your local Furniture Medic by VaHill Restore and Cabinets technician to talk about your restoration options.