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  #236 Furniture
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Restore Grampa's Leather-seat Rocker?       ©2020 mrsawyer
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       11th place, 66 points
1/10s, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: With Adobe Camera Raw, Increased Contrast to display the scroll work more clearly. Increased Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation. In PSE 11, adjusted levels.       Extra Info: A furniture restorer wants to restore the chair for $300. Please give your opinion, Restore or Not???
 
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ysal
Oct 13, 2020
    I had this in my top 10. Love the colors.

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mrsawyer
Oct 12, 2020
    Several members mentioned that they would have liked to see the whole chair. I decided to make sure I included what I thought were the important features of the chair, those being the scrollwork, the back rest, enough of a rocker to know it is a rocking chair, the arms and the leather seat.
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babysister
Oct 11, 2020
    Such an interesting image but why did you not include the whole chair. It may have been my top pick if you had. It would look beautiful restored but still there is a story in the way it is also. A personal choice I would say.

Maike13
Oct 11, 2020
    Attractive shot and rocker. It's looks rather attractive in it's current condition but, barring any intervention, will probably continue to slowly deteriorate until it falls apart. Therefore I'd go ahead and have it restored while it's still salvageable, if it was mine. If you go that route, post a picture of the restored rocker in the forums. I'd like to see how it turns out.

aoc46
Oct 11, 2020
    A well-executed shot of an interesting piece of old furniture. The weathered floorboards nicely complement it. Whether to restore depends on your goal. If you want to enhance its value, consult a reputable antique dealer; restoration might increase - or even reduce - its worth. If you just want to use it and don't care about value, I'd go ahead.

Lo
Oct 10, 2020
    I think this would restore very well, and be a lovely addition to any home. Your photo shows the rocker at its worst - Perhaps you are looking for a "no" vote. I wish you had included the lower left portion.

kerszkavet
Oct 10, 2020
    What an interesting chair - love the detail on the back.
I would have liked to see the whole of the chair in the picture (especially as the rockers are not visible) - was an alternative position possible?

jomari
Oct 9, 2020
    Restore or not? $300 sounds like a lot if you are undecided. What would the chair be worth if restored? What is its sentimental value? Would restoration change that? Do you have fond memories of it being in pristine condition? To my eye, it has charm as it is.

Jade O.
Oct 9, 2020
    First find out whether a restoration would negatively impact value, I expect it is worth more showing it's age and character.

wrosenthal
Oct 9, 2020
    Very nice pickup on color, detail, and lighting.

ysal
Oct 9, 2020
    Restoring old furniture is a tricky business. A good piece of antique often loses value due to restoring. It's hard to tell from the photo how much physical damage there is. As for the photo, I wish I could see the entire chair. The chair goes beautifully with the background, overall colors are wonderful too.

forkcandles
Oct 8, 2020
    this would be a great project for lockdown.
sandpapered and have it dipped then varnish
make or add bright colour cushion and sit ....
save yourself a fortune
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