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Tintore Muebles Vintage: The stories furniture tells

Tintore Muebles Vintage: The stories furniture tells
Restored provencal showcase cabinet. Photo: Juan Pablo Tinotre

Juan Pablo Tintore has long loved bringing life back to vintage furniture through the art of restoration. Long before Juan Pablo began Tintore Muebles Vintage as a business in 2015, he had already been collecting furniture for well over a decade. 

Tintore Muebles Vintage is in Mérida’s Fraccionamiento Las Américas. Photo: Juan Pablo Tintore

Before opening his showroom, he mostly restored furniture for fun or to add style to the apartments which he was renting. However, as his expertise grew and he started to run out of room, he decided it was time to turn his passion into a business.

Juan Pablo’s show room. Photo: Juan Pablo Tintore

 “This is something I really love, it gives me such joy to turn a piece someone else saw as disposable into a work of art!” Juan Pablo exclaims with a grin. 

Juan Pablo utilizes a variety of techniques in his work, but is most fond of restoring furniture in a way that features, rather than erases evidence of wear and tear; while at the same time ensuring functionality and sturdiness. While some people may prefer furniture that looks like new, Juan Pablo feels that stripping furniture of the features that make it unique is to erase its history and rob it of character. 

A restored provincial showcase cabinet. Photo: Juan Pablo Tintore

Juan Pablo says that his customers are very diverse. They include international residents living in large homes downtown, but also local families wishing to restore pieces of furniture that they may have inherited from a parent or grandparent

Antique furniture in Yucatán can be found at any price range in garage sales, shops and occasionally for free on discarded sidewalk heaps. The most coveted styles include pastel-colored art deco and French provincial-style furniture. However, Juan Pablo tells us that his favorite pieces tend to be the less ornate — but more functional —  traditional Yucatecan furniture of the early to mid 20th century. Unfortunately, this kind of furniture is hard to find.  

A simple but colorful makeup vanity. Photo: Juan Pablo Tintore

When asked about his greatest finds, Juan Pablo recalls an occasion in which he stumbled upon a treasure trove of antique furniture inside an old hacienda in Mérida’s south. 

“The new owner wanted everything out as he wanted to redecorate from scratch, so I was more than happy to buy up the entire lot. There is nothing I love more than when treasure hunting pays off like that!” he says.

Tintore Muebles Vintage is in Mérida’s Fracc. Las Américas, near Dzitya; +52 1 999 242 0764 @tintoremueblesvintage

Juan Pablo Tintore, of Tintore Muebles Vintage. Photo: Courtesy