Thonet Chairs: Original Finish or Fresh Start?

Thonet Chairs: Original Finish or Fresh Start?

Aaron Able
Dec 18, 2009

Q: I found a set of 6 Thonet dining chairs at a local store for $2 dollars each — actually 7 for $14, but the 7th is a little damaged. I have been planning to redo them for the last year or so and the time has finally come. I thought that I was going to leave the original finish alone. The finish is still good: a little worn, but totally acceptable. Then I saw a set that Todd Oldham had refinished, AND I LOVED THEM…

Sent by Shannon

… I guess what I want to know: 1 Does refinishing them damage their re-sale value? 2 What does the Apartment Therapy community's opinion: original finish or fresh start?

Editor: Why are you worried about resale value when you spent less than $20? Do what you love. Everyone can follow Todd Oldham's advice on refinishing chairs on his studio blog: Todd Oldham Studio | Curve Appeal.

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