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Fast Furniture: There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

With costs of necessities rising, people are taking a closer look at their spending. When a non-essential purchase must be made during this time, many people put it off or compensate by choosing lower cost items. The problem with that …

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A Puzzling Telephone Chair

You probably would have never guessed this piece of furniture was a telephone table before we got our hand on it. In fact, Art referenced a printed picture of the piece to know precisely what it should look like. The …

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A Bowing Buffet from Beverly Shores

For years, this buffet piece was part of our customer’s family’s dining room suite. Though it looks as though nothing was significantly wrong, the center drawer on the top would not close properly. When we took a closer look, we …

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Memorable Morris Chair, Reimagined

This Morris chair full of memories now resides in LaPorte, IN. This project required copious amounts of refinishing, repair and patience to restore the childhood memories within. Tasteful new fabric, similar to the original, was chosen by our client’s wife, …

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Three Instances When Furniture Insurance Would Have Been Beneficial

One never knows when a water pipe will break, or a fire starts. That’s why home insurance was made to cover the damage, but not all insurance coverage is the same. Over the years, we have restored countless water-logged and …

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Draped in White Bedroom Set

The current owners, from Elmhurst, Illinois, wished to update the appearance of the cherry bedroom set after it was inherited from their parents. We brushed a white wash on the pieces, which took several coats to keep the reddish brown …

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What Is the Value of Your Antique Furniture? What’s It Worth?

Is it worth it to restore your chair, sofa, table, bed frame, or dresser, or would it be most cost efficient to replace the item entirely? A number of customers come in and ask us this exact question. We are …

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From the Workshop | Episode 1: Bar Restoration

Meet the team at Furniture Werks and see how they expertly restored and refinished a treasured family heirloom that was damaged in a home fire.
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Antique Dresser, Chair and Table

These three antique furniture pieces came to us from a customer in South Bend. We carefully stripped the finish and decades of wear from the three pieces and then refinished with a deep, rich brown stain and catalyzed lacquer finish …

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Be Aware of Tip-Prone Furniture When Making Furniture Choices

Thousands of families tell unfortunate stories of a dresser or bedroom nightstand tipping over onto their child. Some pieces, when the drawers are opened, are prone to tip forward, causing the entire case to fall, and potentially injuring a child, …

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