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Which Is Built to Last: Full Grain, Top Grain or Bonded Leather?

Within the past year, numerous customers have shared pictures of their headboards, recliner styled chairs and sofas with the “leather” upholstery literally peeling away from the fabric underneath. They state that the damage started within a few short years of …

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Restoration Gave These Cane Chairs a Home

These cane chairs hopped between homes before they were fully restored for a Chesterton home. The customer’s sister purchased them used with the intention of giving them a home, but could not find a place for them to live. So …

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A Cabinet in Pieces

A wood worker’s daughter brought this cabinet to us in pieces from Valparaiso, Indiana. Her father planned to put it back together for her, but he passed away before he got the chance. Our craftsmen stepped in to finish the …

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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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antique chair furniture value

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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