Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces.
If you're interested in antiques, recent or old, research before you buy anything.
William and Mary, 1690-1730: The style is named for the English King William of Orange and his consort, Mary.
New colonists in America brought their English furniture traditions with them and tried to translate these styles using native woods. Lines of this furniture style tend to be crisp, while facades might be decorated with bold grains of walnut or maple veneers, framed by inlaid bands. Turnings are baluster-shaped and the use of C-scrolls was quite common.
One type of decoration that begins in the William and Mary period and extends through to Queen Anne and Chippendale styles is known as “japanning,” referring to a lacquering process that combines ashes and varnish.When the joint is expertly executed, it is a thing of beauty, and a secure joining of two boards that can last for centuries.A little glue cements the connection, and a good dovetail joint has great strength and durability.Queen Anne, 1720-1760: Evolution of this design style is from Queen Anne’s court, 1702 to 1714, and lasted until the Revolution.This style of furniture is much more delicate than its predecessor.