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Add Some Vintage Wood to Your Décor

by Lorelei Mangan 02/25/2019

Who doesn’t want to find that perfect eclectic wood piece to complete their design? Selecting vintage wood furniture is both a pursuit and an art. Among the myriad pieces that look similar, how can you tell what is vintage and what is a reproduction?

Learn the art

To tell a counterfeit study the real. Know what the real thing truly looks like before you head out to those antique dealers, flea markets, and vintage shops. Go online and look at how the wood should appear, what the hardware looks like, and those other telltale details you'll find in older wood furniture. Then, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't just take the dealer's word for it. Get way down on your hands and knees and look under that table for marks, stamps, or signatures. Sometimes all you're looking for is a date. But remember, just because an item lacks a date or stamp doesn't mean it isn't vintage, so go on to the next guideline as well.
  • Assess the wood’s age. As it ages, wood darkens and sometimes warps. If the items spent time outdoors, you should see weathering.
  • Finishes develop fine cracks and darken or turn yellow or amber over time. If the former owner or dealer refinished the piece, the dealer might be able to tell you when.
  • Joints in older furniture typically use dovetails, pins, or dowel construction as a sign that a cabinetmaker built it rather than a factory mass-production.
  • Older hardware loses its shine and gains a patina. Drawer pulls often have a post and nut construction, and authentic vintage furniture shows signs of wear and even grime and dust around the pulls and hardware.

Pursue the object

  • New and shiny might look pretty, but refinishing can diminish the furniture’s value on the vintage or antique market. This caveat includes the trend of chalk paint to create the shabby chic and farmhouse looks. Nevertheless, if the piece is what you want, its value is in its ability to fit your design.
  • Trust yourself. If the piece looks new, it probably is. If you genuinely want vintage, keep looking until you find it. If the piece fits what you want, buy it and don’t worry about its age.
  • Haggle. Buy it if you like it, just don't overpay for it. Don't lowball a dealer, but feel free to make an offer more in keeping with your budget or with similar pieces you've seen elsewhere or online.

If you're looking for a home to display your wood pieces, ask your local real estate professional to show you homes in your neighborhood.

About the Author

Author
Lorelei Mangan

 

Who I am...

As a native of San Jose, I was raised in the Rose Garden neighborhood and grew up in its public schools. I started my own business in my early 20s and moved onto the real estate in 1986, where I have thrived for the last 30 years. As a Realtor®, I strive to make your sale as smooth as possible, utilizing my knowledge, intuition, and experience for the best possible outcome. I want to impress you so much that you will recommend me to your friends and family. In fact, a majority of my business comes from repeat clients and their referrals. There are a few issues I have not seen over the course of my long career. My experience gives me the confidence to negotiate tough transactions and solve any problems that may come up. From studs to sheetrock, I know construction inside and out. I will use this knowledge to help you better understand all of the disclosures and inspections relating to the property as well. I am a mother of two twenty-something daughters, so I am well versed on the schools in our valley. My older daughter, Lindsey, joined me in the business a few years ago and offers a young, technical edge to my established business. Not only do we love what we do, but we are grateful to be working with each other every day. No matter what your real estate goals are, we provide you with honest and reliable service and strive to make you a client for life.

Our Philosophy

Buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. I focus on my clients' needs, first and foremost. If you are looking to sell your home, my job is to price it accurately and effectively market your home so you will receive the highest possible price in the least amount of time. As a buyer, you will draw on my experience with all types of properties and neighborhoods. My goal is to direct you to the areas that best suit your needs and to educate you on the loan and sales process. When you find your dream home, you will have the confidence to go forward with an offer. Nothing feels better to me than to have a happy customer moving into the home they have dreamed of and will be proud of for years to come.

To My Clients

I would love to work with you in making your real estate dreams come true. Please contact me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, or if you are looking to buy or sell a home anytime in the near future. I look forward to working with you!