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Refurbishing Furniture: Hiring a Professional vs. DIY-ing

Refurbishing furniture can breathe new life into old pieces, transforming them from tired to tasteful. When it comes to giving your furniture a makeover, you have two avenues: hiring a professional or taking the DIY route. Both approaches have advantages and drawbacks, which we’ll explore in this blog post. I’ll aim to be as unbiased as possible, I promise!

DIY refurbishing:


  1. Cost-effectiveness: DIY refurbishing can often be more budget-friendly, as it eliminates the need to pay for professional labour and specialised tools.

  2. Your vision: When you take on a DIY project, you have complete creative control over the process. You can choose the colours, finishes, and techniques that resonate with your personal style. Of course, you can brief a professional and ask they follow specific requirements, but small miscommunications or confusing language/jargon could potentially result in a finished product a little different to your vision.

  3. Learning opportunity: DIY-ing allows you to gain valuable skills in furniture restoration and craftsmanship. It can be a fulfilling and educational experience. If you choose not to pursue it as a career, it can be a creative hobby or side hustle.


  1. Skill and knowledge gap: Refurbishing furniture requires specific skills, tools, and knowledge of different materials and techniques. Without proper expertise, your DIY project could end up looking subpar.

  2. Time-consuming: DIY refurbishing can be time-intensive, especially if you're not experienced in the process. It may take longer to complete a project compared to a professional who has experience and efficiency.

  3. Quality variation: The quality of the end result might vary due to your level of experience. Mistakes could lead to furniture that doesn't look as polished or durable as you hoped.

Hiring a professional:


  1. Expertise: Professionals bring years of experience and training to the table. They understand various materials, techniques, and finishes, ensuring a high-quality outcome. With their experience and creativity, they may also provide recommendations for your project (if you’re open to hearing recommendations!).

  2. Time-saving: Hiring a professional can save you considerable time and effort. They are well-equipped to complete the project efficiently, sparing you the learning curve.

  3. Durable results: Professionals are experienced in using appropriate materials which offer the best durability without compromising on finish.


  1. Cost: Hiring a professional can be more expensive than a DIY approach. You're not only paying for labour but also their expertise and access to specialised tools and materials.

  2. Less personal control: When you hire a professional, you might have less say in the design and execution aspects of the project. The final result might not align perfectly with your vision.

  3. Finding the right professional: Not all professionals have the same level of skill and reliability. It's essential to research and find a reputable and skilled professional to ensure satisfactory results.

Both DIY refurbishing and hiring a professional have their merits and drawbacks. DIY-ing can save you money, but it requires time, skill, and effort. On the other hand, hiring a professional ensures expert results, saves time, and comes with recommendations, but at a higher cost.

While DIY-ing has its undeniable merits, the reliability, quality, and time-saving benefits of hiring a professional often makes it the preferable choice. Investing in a skilled professional can ultimately provide you with furniture that not only looks rejuvenated but also stands the test of time, justifying the higher upfront cost.

But I suppose I’m a little bit biased. Why don’t you take a look at some of The Furniture Narrative’s projects and decide for yourself?

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