Antique Reproduction Furniture
Whether it’s a table, bench, chair, chest, cabinet, armoire or a settee, the market’s demand for antique reproduction furniture is continuously increasing. Surfing through the net you will find a number of sellers and manufacturers for this product. If you are thinking of buying such, it is best to know first how to spot the truly valuable antique reproduction furniture so you can make an educated decision when you purchase.
After all, furniture could be likened to an investment. It can have a high resale value if the right materials and technology were used. First, let’s have a look at the types of antique reproduction furniture.
In art, a reproduction means that the exact piece was replicated where everything about the design, its color and texture was actually copied. With furniture, however, antique reproduction could mean three ways. It could be through duplicating the exact design using the same antique materials and techniques as the original. This type of antique reproduction is relatively harder to make and naturally costs higher. With this, antique materials like the wood or the metal was used with original techniques and tools. A method such as cutting the antique wood using a standard saw and not with an electric sawing machine is an example.
Another type of a replica of antique furniture is the design is copied using antique materials but done through modern technology. This cost lower than the first one. An example would be replicating an antique table using an old piece of wood but made through electronic sawing machine or a modern woodturning machine.
The last type of antique reproduction is where only the design is maintained while the materials and the techniques used are both modern. This one is the cheapest of the three. By distressing the materials used, the maker achieves a vintage look. Thus, the age and wear appearance look attractive and valuable. It can be applied to a variety of surfaces like glasses, concrete, wood and metal. In fact, this technique has gained such popularity that it has become an integral component of the shabby chic motif.
There are several techniques used to distressed or refinish a material such as artisan where some of the paint is intentionally removed to give the piece a rustic look. The surface of a material may also be sanded, dented or scraped to give it a real worn out look. Wood may also be hammered soft or dimpled. Another technique is by antiquing where a material is not only aged but given an antique appearance as well. It involves several steps and the whole process is actually time consuming. Some manufacturers even add faux woodworm holes in their piece for that extra pinch of authenticity.
Purchasing real antique furniture is very expensive which is why many people opt to buy antique reproduction, instead. There are advantageous to choosing this, anyway like you get to enjoy the same beauty as with an original. It is also relatively easier to preserve and maintain a replica and, of course, it cost less.
Do comparison shopping first and check out online stores that can offer these products at a cheaper price. Watch out for sale in you local store, too. Be on the look out also for scrap materials being sold in the market that are from ran down buildings or houses. There could be valuable materials such as wood, metal or glasses that you can salvage there. Take these items to a furniture maker and discuss the most appealing designs that you can have with these valuables. After all, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure.