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.
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.
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 cabinet they were proud to display in their home. Updating their technology left them … What to do with an old TV console? Read More...
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 … Baby Rocker Restored Read More...
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 … Corner Desk Salvaged Read More...
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 … Repairing a Damaged Headboard Read More...
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 shelves, warped and loose backs, loose joints and a damaged mirror. After stripping the old … Side by Side Rescue Read More...
You’d be surprised how many times we regretfully hear, “I didn’t know it could have been repaired!” A split seat threatened to reduce a set of eight chairs to a set of seven. When the seat was turned over, a previous “repair” was visible. To properly repair the seat splits, dowels need to be inserted … Hardwood Chair Read More...