Frequently Asked Questions-
Do you offer pick up and delivery? Yes, we offer pick up and delivery in Northern VA and Eastern WV. We do not currently service Maryland and D.C. In most cases we can offer you complimentary pick up and delivery for larger items. Exclusions apply to minor services under $500 and difficulty in accessing furniture. Please contact us for more information.
What type of finish do you use? We use a post-cat lacquer, which is the highest quality finish commercially available. This means we mix and add the catalyst to the finish ourselves, which makes it a lot more durable and water-resistant. We can also adjust for different conditions. Most furniture manufacturers use a pre-cat lacquer which is mixed at the finish manufacturing plant. A post-cat lacquer only has a shelf life of a few hours after mixing because of the strength of the catalyst. Where as a pre-cat lacquer has a shelf life of a few months after opening.
What process is used to refinish my furniture? Refinishing is a long process which involves taking the furniture back down to bare wood through stripping and then sanding with several different grits. This preps the surface for receiving stain evenly. The customer has the opportunity to pick the stain, which is applied the piece before sealing. The sealer is then sanded smooth before spraying the finish top coat(s) and shading if desired. This doesn’t include any repairs that may be necessary. Antiques frequently need to be completely taken apart and re-glued because horse hide glue was used and is now deteriorating.
Do you offer on-site repair services? No, we are not currently staffed to offer this type of work.
How do I know if my furniture is worth refinishing or if I should just buy new? There are a number of factors that go into this decision. The first thing to consider is the age of the piece. Antiques are generally worth restoring because of the way they were made and the materials used. Most modern furniture is literally made to be thrown away. A lot of companies (even high-end ones) use an MDF or particle board core with a nice veneer on top to make it look expensive. MDF is basically compressed saw dust, which is ruined if it gets wet because it swells up. Don’t mistake the veneer for the problem, it is simply wood that has been cut into a thin layer and adhered to wood or other material. Many antiques are veneered, but the major difference is that it was applied to solid wood instead of MDF. Veneer is used to incorporate a more expensive wood to a piece of furniture without the high cost like if it was solid board. It can be fixed by a craftsman who is experienced with working on veneer. Yes, we do a lot of veneer work, Joe is an expert at it! The second consideration is whether the furniture is sentimental. A lot of the work we do is on family heirlooms. Nothing beats the memories that accompany them. After they are restored they can continue to be passed on to future generations!
Why can’t you just touch up my furniture? It depends on the situation. Sometimes something can just be touched up, but we don’t usually do that type of work. You may be able to find someone to come do an on-site touch up for you. If there is a scratch that has gone through the finish, you will still be able to see the mark. To completely remove the mark it will need to be refinished.
I have an idea for a piece of furniture I want made. Can you build it for me? Yes, we take on a limited number of custom pieces. We specialize in high quality, old world constructed wood furniture. We can use your design or design something from your ideas, or replicate a piece you already own. Contact us for a consultation.