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We've been serving the Inland Northwest for refinishing and repairs since 1978. With more than 30 years in business, we've worked hard to refine our process to become a leader in the furniture restoration industry. Here you can learn more about our restoration, refinishing, and repair techniques.

THE FINISHING PROCESS

  • All hardware, glass, cushions and other non-wood parts of the item are removed and placed in a customer parts bin, labeled with the customer's name.

  • Pieces are partially disassembled such as: removing doors, table leaves and drop leaves, table runners, etc.

  • Finish and stain, or paint is stripped chemically with our flow-over system (as much as the wood will allow). The flow-over system, which is akin to a shower for your furniture. This usually does not damage the wood, veneer, or the glued joints. We do not "dip" or aggressively sand, as it tends to cause damage.

  • Surfaces are thoroughly washed and air dried for a minimum of 24 hours.

  • A light hand sanding is done for raised grain and to prep the surface for stain.

  • Stain is applied to help maintain the moisture in the wood and to enhance the color and natural beauty. We have many stain colors that the customer can choose from, and we can custom color mix our stain to obtain a custom look. We can always go darker, but often cannot go lighter in stain color.

  • We generally spray on a lacquer finish on all pieces that have been refinished or refurbished at our shop. We also offer a teak oil finish and custom colors suspended in lacquer. We do not use varethane, polyurethane, conversion varnish, marine varnish, or brush on paints.

    Please remember that any new finish takes at least 30 DAYS TO CURE and reach maximum hardness. We recommend that you use extra care during this time period as the finish is more susceptible to scratching or other damage.

Refinishing vs. Refurbishing

These two terms may be used interchangeably by our clients, but there is a very big difference between refinishing and refurbishing. When we refurbish a piece, we do not completely strip the piece down to bare wood. If the piece of furniture has a finish that is in fairly good condition we can refurbish the finish. To do this we clean the piece, do a custom color touch up of surface rubs and nicks, and then top coat with a lacquer finish. Sometimes the top coat of lacquer is on the entire piece, and sometimes it is just where the touch up has been done, depending on the client's desired look.

The finish has to be in good condition for the piece to be a candidate for refurbishing. This will only improve the look by 50 percent. We can determine if a piece can be refurbished only after we have seen it in person.

STRUCTURAL REPAIRS

We have a very detailed, systematic way of re-gluing loose joints. We do not just squirt some glue in the joint, or tighten the joint with a nail or screw. Old glue needs to be removed before the new glue can penetrate and bond to the wood. First we separate the loose joints apart, label them, scrape all the old glue off both sides of the join, then apply new glue and clamp the piece in place.

We can fabricate missing pieces and secure or fix veneer. Dog chews and deep gouges are fixed with a two part epoxy putty. We then faux paint the grain to hide the repair and top coat to with lacquer to match the color and sheen.

You can also bring us your hand or factory caned chairs, rushing or danish cord. We're one of the few shops in the area with the skills to replace it.

CARE

For care of your new finish, joint and structural repairs, see our Furniture Care Guide.

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