What do you value? All too often
in the twenty-first century, it can seem like we live in
a throwaway society, where people feel the impulse to dispose
of items the minute they seem a bit worn or boring. A quick
scan of our economy, the environment and even our mood can
demonstrate the negative consequences of this “live
for today” attitude. Imagine the difference in outlook
if only we made the effort to restore and refinish gently
used and antique objects like furniture
rather than throw them out the instant we felt the need
Enter the art of restoration, a time-honored tradition of
craftsmanship that, while anchored in the past, points the
way forward to a more environmentally and fiscally responsible
which goes hand in hand with the practices of refinishing
and repair, respects history as it encourages creativity
in the present moment to preserve and celebrate the past.
Take a deeper look at the masterful art involved with restoration
in order to understand how it promotes the best value of
all, the one that only the owner can truly appreciate.
Why value restoration? First and foremost, restorations
on top-notch possessions like classic
sailboats and performance cars are carried out by professionals
with years of training, often passed through the generations.
What could be more artful and priceless than the exquisite
skills shared among a long line of dedicated craftsman?
Once you understand that no textbook exists to impart this
special knowledge, it becomes possible to appreciate why
customers choose restoration over replacement when it comes
to their most treasured valuables.
The art of restoration involves refinishing, which is the
practice of repairing or reapplying the wood finishing on
an object, especially old furniture like chairs,
tables, armoires, or desks. In refinishing, the paint or
wood finish topcoat, lacquer or varnish is renewed to improve
the finish. Refinishing also can be used to improve other
surfaces besides wood, such as glass, metal and plastic,
the materials often used in newer furniture.
Second, restoration qualifies as an art because the process
brings out the creativity in clients. When you want to restore
or refinish a prized boat
or car, the master craftsman who undertake the job look
to your preferences for the finished product. Customers
can provide input on the range of materials and colors to
be used in the restoration, which makes the project not
only professional, but also unique and highly personalized.
Put another way, restoration represents a chance to distinguish
your own possessions through carefully considered choices,
rather than purchasing something made to the specifications
of someone else, or catered to the tastes of the crowd.
Finally, restoration is an art in the sense of emotional
release because it just feels good. The process allows clients
to exercise their creativity, claim their uniqueness and
help the environment, not to mention set a smart example
for family and friends. Take the opportunity to teach your
children and other members of the young generation the benefits
of preserving rather than disposing when you choose to restore
meaningful items. Not to mention, the well maintained character
and singularity of the finished product just might result
in more value for your pocketbook, too. It pays to consider
restoration before your purchase new items.
In a culture that prizes newness, it can be tempting to
dispose of even the most cherished items when they show
signs of needing repair. Before you purchase something new,
consider the substantial benefits of restoration instead.
In terms of the craftsmanship involved, the opportunity
for personal input, and the powerful example it sets for
other people, restoration truly is an art, and perhaps even
the wisest economic decision, to behold.