Expert Restoration of Furniture and Home Accents
It is our philosophy to acquire antiques and with skillful restoration return them to a state of beauty and support their practical use within your home. True restoration helps maintain a good percentage of the antique value. We have received many antiques and vintage pieces of fair to poor value and have made them return to become truly the treasures they are under those scratches and grit.
Sometime we come across pieces that have to be stripped to the bare wood. Some say that removes the history of a piece and destroys the continuity of the timeline created by generations of use. This option is only acceptable when the original finish has already been lost, usually through previous ill-advised restorations or miss-use and lack of care. If it is judged that the wood and construction are salvageable, it is worth the effort to remove the remnants of the old finish, repair the cracks, gouges and loose joints and return a natural finish appropriate to the period.
Now offering select restoration services of Antiques and Vintage Furnishings to the General Public
We repair and restore pieces we offer for sale, whether purchased by us or offered as a service for a fee to consignors. We offer a service for refinishing pieces upon request from buyers. Restoration is perfomed on more than just furniture, including lamps, artwork, metal and woodworks. We can perform simple reupholstery and can refer complex reupholstery work through our network of vendors. Rates for restoration are between $25-40 an hour depending on the nature of the restoration project and the skill required to complete the project. A typical restoration project runs from between $60-$300 depending on the extent of the surface and structureal damage and finish-type requested.
We recently took a 1930's tall secretary desk made of mahogany and originally finished to maintain the natural mahogany traits and stripped the piece of the old bad finish and applied an ebony stain enhancing the grain with a new black hue and applied traditional hand-rubbed varnish finished to a low-luster sheen.
For more information, please read our blog article about the do's and don'ts of furniture refinishing
See the before and after pictures below for some samples of our recent work:
Before -> After
Transforming a beat up mahogany 1930s tall secretary to ebony stained bar
MidCentury Modern updated reupholstery performed by Donna:
Restoring an Antique Dresser for an Estate Sale client (went from $150 value to $700 after restoration):
Antique Dining Table (water and sun damage - extensive crackle)