"Antiques Roadshow" Advocates that refinishing and repairing antique furniture increases it's value!!!

Does "Antiques Roadshow" Believe that Refinishing and Repairing is Bad?

I have clients comment to me about the false idea regarding the Antique Roadshow teaches that if someone repairs, refinishes or restores an antique the result will to damage its value. Well, I guess its time to blog about what the "Roadshow" really believes rather than let a false conclusion lay out there for everyone to except. The result of this thinking is that a family heirloom or antique is stuck in the attic because it is to ugly to put to on display in the living area of their home.

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Family furniture heirlooms

At least once or twice per week a client will call me to ask about restoring a family heirloom. Over the years I have learned what turns a piece of junk into a precious a family heirloom and it is not how much was paid for the item! What makes a family heirloom is one of these three things:

1. It was passed down from a loved one, family or friend. (But this is not the most important part)

2. It has a beautiful memory attached to it.

3. It has a story attached to it.

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All About Furniture

I want to scratch where you, my readers, itch. Please post questions about anything other than upholstery. Concerning upholstery, I can address only about the structure and frame as I really do not know much about the other aspects of upholstered items. If you have any questions regarding wood or finished furniture please post your questions. I have about 75 topics that I can start talking about but I would prefer to know what you are interested in. I look forward to hearing from you!!!

Here are some topics that I have to talk about...

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Simulation of Quality

Fake Joints and Real Joints


I just posted a video on YouTube.com about how manufacturers can simulate quality furniture that is very convincing. It shows how a solid cherry hope chest had simulated dovetail joints on the corner panels. I did not notice that these joints were fake until the wood dried out which had gotten wet by the fire department while putting out a fire. As it dried the joints on the corners began to open and it revealed that the dovetails we fake.

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About Blake Soule

BlakeBorn in 1956, Blake Soule' was interested in woodworking since the age of 13 when he made his first bass fishing lure and refinished a gun stock. Working since 1976 in furniture restoration, Blake put himself through college and graduated from the University of Memphis in 1982 with a four-year degree in Recreational Therapy. His career in Recreational Therapy was short-lived however, as he found furniture restoration to be far more rewarding. Blake has a strong Christian faith. From 1984 to 1987, Blake went to Brazil as a missionary with an interdenominational organization called The Navigators. There, he met his wife Shyrley, and married in 1986. Blake and Shyrley Soule', along with their two boys, now live a suburb of Memphis Tennessee called Germantown. He attends Hope Presbyterian church in Cordova TN.

About Blake Soule

Blake Soule' was interested in woodworking since the age of 13 when he made his first bass fishing lure and refinished a gun stock. Working in furniture restoration since he was 19, Blake put himself through college and graduated from the University of Memphis with a four-year degree in Recreational Therapy. His career in Recreational Therapy was short-lived however, as he found furniture restoration to be far more rewarding and beginning his own business within 7 months of graduation.

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