Chicago & Northwest Indiana Furniture Refinishing
The finish on a piece of furniture has two purposes: to preserve and protect the wood, and to enhance the appearance of the wood. With hundreds of furniture refinishing jobs to its name, the team at Furniture Werks will carefully remove the old finish and accumulated grime, repair any damage, and, based on your desires and the wood your piece is made from, select a stain and finish that will give your furniture new life.
Our Furniture Refinishing Process
We use a waterless stripper to ensure that we do not damage the wood or raise the grain in your furniture piece. After stripping is complete, we lightly sand the wood to remove contaminants and open up the grain to help it soak up the finish, and then perform touch-up for nicks and dings.
Furniture Stain, Seal & Finish
First, if desired, we apply furniture stain. Stain can enhance the grain of the wood, give new life to a washed-out color, or change color for a new look. The number of coats applied depends on the type of wood in your piece and the desired finish. We can work with your color sample, or you may choose to come in and work with us as we stain the piece to see the results directly. Then, we apply sealant to penetrate the wood and give the finish something to bind to.
To finish and seal, we use a catalyzed lacquer. Also used in kitchen cabinetry, catalyzed lacquer is 33% more durable than conventional lacquer, and dries more quickly than shellacs or varnishes. We control the final sheen of the finish of your piece by using a flattening agent, which allows us to produce everything from a matte sheen to a high-gloss finish, depending on your desires.
Catalyzed lacquer is also unique in that it can be repaired, unlike other conventional finishes, which may chip in a way that requires the piece to be refinished.
Get an Estimate
Every piece of furniture has unique needs. Please review our pricing guidelines, and then get an estimate quickly and easily via email by giving us a brief description of your needs and emailing us a few pictures. We respond to all inquiries within one business day.
See Our Work
Our furniture refinishing projects range from simple to complex. See some our favorite projects here and discover what we can do.