Archive for December 2018

My Dad’s Roll Top Desk

This is the before and after of my roll top desk.  My dad obtained it during the 1930’s and used it daily till the 70’s.  The dark color is the result of oxidation and atmosphere soil.  When I relocated to Michigan Blvd in 1988, Dad gave it to me.  I refinished it then and have…

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Baby Rocker Restored

With a baby on the way, our customer brought in this child’s rocker to see if it could be restored. It was in pieces, the caned seat shot and one leg held together with string. Before any repairs are made, pieces are stripped of old finish. Once the finish was off, the base was knocked…

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Corner Desk Salvaged

Sometimes people wonder if damaged pieces are salvageable. This corner desk was one such piece. It suffered from water damage – loose veneer, warped wood, missing trip pieces, drawer fronts off their drawers, damaged finish. After stripping the remaining finish, restoration began. We replaced any frame wood too damaged for repair, reglued and stabilized the…

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Repairing a Damaged Headboard

An old headboard and foot board came to us with severe veneer damage and loose or missing trim. The photo clearly shows the damaged veneer that needed to be replaced. The damage is cut out with straight lines and the new veneer cut exactly to fit. The loose trim is then reapplied.The veneer then needs…

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Restoring a Tea Cart

Surprise! A family heirloom, this tea cart was graciously lent to a friend for an extended length of time. They accepted his offer to refinish the cart never expecting it to be returned with a white crackle finish. We were asked to return the cart to the original finish and color, sans the crackle! A…

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