Furniture Refinishing
Furniture Refinishing
Whether restoring your piece's original finish or updating your furniture with a more modern look for future generations, trust our craftsmen to ensure that your piece gets the time and care it deserves.

Valparaiso, Crown Point & Michigan City 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

Furniture Stripping

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.

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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.

What Can You Do with Unwanted Old Furniture?
There are many reasons for wanting to get rid of furniture. Purchasing a new piece is one. Another is downsizing, in which the furniture is not needed any longer. A familiar tale we hear is the new owner of a … What Can You Do with Unwanted Old Furniture? Read More...
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 … Which Is Built to Last: Full Grain, Top Grain or Bonded Leather? Read More...
Sheet Caned Bar Stool
These bar stools belong to a customer in Valparaiso, Indiana, hoping to use them in her kitchen. Restoring the unraveled webbing takes precision and care. First, we gently removed the old, damaged webbing and replaced it with a sheet cane. Manufactured … Sheet Caned Bar Stool Read More...
A Curlicue Settee Comes Out of Storage
We recently repaired, refinished and reupholstered this unique project. After the frame broke, the chairs were put in storage, out of sight, but not forgotten. The owner, who remembers it as a child, couldn’t see this family heirloom’s life end, … A Curlicue Settee Comes Out of Storage Read More...
Small Table
After a thorough stripping and refinishing, we were really able to bring out the warmth and richness of the wood in this well-loved small table for a family from Portage, Indiana. ...
What to do with an old TV console?
This was the question our customer asked. They’ve had the console since the late 60’s. It had served well as an entertainment center with its radio, turntable and TV. And all that entertainment was housed in a beautiful solid wood … What to do with an old TV console? Read More...
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, … Baby Rocker Restored Read More...
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, … Corner Desk Salvaged Read More...
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 … Repairing a Damaged Headboard Read More...
Side by Side Rescue
This side by side was rescued from a barn and then spent many years in the family garage. When we were called for restoration it was in sad shape: loose and missing veneer, missing hardware, binding drawers and doors, missing … Side by Side Rescue Read More...
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