way to refunish without losing patina
I have a few old pieces of furniture that were passed down through my family that I would like to use in my home. most of the things are well preserved but the finish on them is in need of some work. I would like to display them without the "cover ups" I've been using and have always planned on refinishing them myself. I really don't want to loose the lovely rich color they have acquired over the years. Stripping and re-doing the finish will probably remove it. What is the best method to get a nice finish without sacrificing patina? they are in various states of need, from a few water marks on a side table to a very "pebbly" effect that has appeared in the varnish on the piano.