Here are two walnut chairs that came into the shop that need repair and complete refinishing. When we are done they will be off to the upholstery shop for new fabric.
This panel was in need of repair and refinishing when it was brought to our shop. It was part of a George III style secretary bookcase decorated with red lacquered Chinese design. Here is a picture taken from the book Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide to show you a completed unit.
This Lane cherry dresser and nightstand had extensive pet damage. After ten applications of white vinegar to neutralize the ammonia from urine, we applied three coats of satin finish to repair the damage.
- Wax drawer bottoms and table slides with clear paraffin wax from your local grocery or hardware store
- Do not wax the metal runners on drawers; maintain the light coating of grease instead
- Elevate the glass top on a desk or table with felt tabs to allow the wood to breathe
- Avoid polishes containing silicone because the silicone soaks beneath the finish and permanently into the wood fibers
- Replace metal leg glides with nylon glides because the metal tends to rust after carpet shampooing
- Keep wood furniture a few feet away from heat registers so that it doesn’t dry out
- Maintain hydration – wood furniture usually retains 12% moisture and likes rooms at 25 – 35% humidity
As a general rule of thumb, experience has taught us that it is better to use conversion varnish rather than lacquer on furnishings that are in the bath, kitchen or dining room. The conversion varnish finish is far more durable in these environments.
The simple advantage of the conversion varnish is that it is more durable.
This table was designed by Milo Baughman. Recently refinished to original condition, but dents and scratch left in. This table is for sale at Midcenturyville in Tacoma, WA.
*Table has been sold
The original finish on this 14’ long oak tale was a blotchy pickled finish. Which means the light colored oak was given a whitewash finish to make it appear even lighter.
We stripped the table then refinished it in a medium brown espresso color.
This Koa dresser built in Hawaii by Martin & MacArthur was damaged when moved to the mainland. We repaired and refinished the top to its original beauty.