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Oak File Cabinet Refinished Cherry Hill NJ

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Deep Furniture Makeover for A Cherry Hill Foyer

It was the furniture find of the year!  A vintage oak filing cabinet unit.  With variety.  File size drawers.  Index card drawers.  And flat specimen type drawers.  Eroded, dirty finish masked the patina on the tiger oak faces.

The piece would fit prefectly in their entrance foyer, next to the library.  If it di...

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Furniture Upholstery and Refinishing | Logan Twp NJ

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Furniture Upholstery and Refinishing in Logan Twp New Jersey

The large scale work on the makeover of this family's eating area was complete: flooring, trim, paint and window treatments.  The time had come to select complementary furnishings.

They started with the table.  They had a robust trestle table that had been with them for 15 years.  The finish on the table was a lighter maple color that clashed with the fresh color scheme....

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Radiant Orchid on Furniture

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM

The 2014 color of the year - Radiant Orchid.  Wonderful color!  Sedate yet fresh, bright yet subtle.  Looking to get Radiant Orchid on your furniture?  We have you covered!

Duralee fabrics, one of our fabric resources, is all over it!  They've pulled together a quick sampler of upholstery and general purpo...

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Upholstery + Refinishing // Whimsical Arm Chairs

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM

A pair of tired Sheraton inspired arm chairs jump out of the 1940's right into now!  For the finish, a linen white base was loosely glazed and brushed with a greyish brown.  Satin topcoat.  The chairs were upholstered with one in the true face of the fabric and the other in the back of the fabric.  Alternating lumbar pillows kept the reverse theme going. 


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Dining Table Refinished | Atlantic County

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Heavy use had damaged the top of this dining table.  The rest of the set was in good condition.  As shown below, the color and effect match was a little tricky.  To prevent the new finish from damage, the client opted for a full glass top.  So prior to completing the new finish, we took the top to JAG Glass...
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Oak Clock to the Jersey Shore

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Sometimes it is possible - and desirable - to refinish furniture without first stripping the old finish.  This refinishing project from the South Jersey Shore is one of those projects.  The original finish was in good condition and the desired color was darker than the original white-washed oak.  The clock case was rather delicate and somewhat intricate so we opted to not strip it.  After dis-assembly a good cleaning and light scuffing got things started....

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Can A Workbench Be Furniture?

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Well it can be if you want to revive the workbench that grandfather used while making furniture in Philadelphia.

But not to use as a working bench, intending instead to use it as a console table or a foyer table. While  some of the deeper wear will remain, it needs cleaning, the paint and glue removed, and a more developed finish than the thin coating of tung oil or shellac used on work tables.


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How Much Does It Cost to Renew A Mission Chair

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

This mission style chair needed some help.  The leather upholstery had cracked and torn and the padding was compressed into a hard mat.  The finish was flaking and had allowed water (or something liquid) to blotch the wood. 

The remaining finish was re...

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Hazy Pearl Dresser - Jersey Shore Theme

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Upcycled mid-century dresser with a mellow comfortable finish that is relaxed yet elegant.  It had been brush painted black to hide veneer damage.  The updated look was copied from a piece of fabric used elsewhere in the home.  It was attained by using a light mustard undercoat with a subtle white shading to provide highlights and then a satin clear coat with a golden pe...

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Paint Style Finishes in Furniture Refinishing

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

More of our clients and interior designers have been requesting paint style finishes when refinishing their furniture.  They enjoy the ability to coordinate the furniture with wall, window, and fabric selections they have made for their living spaces.  The resulting furniture pieces are often distinctive, fresh, and unexpected when compared to the usual finishes seen on those types of furniture. 


We are exited by this trend and have incorporated th...

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Around the Furniture Refinishing Workshop

Posted on March 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

A short video shot while testing some new finishing equipment.  This small, light rig will be good for chairs and other small furniture with hard to reach spaces.  The letterboxes (cubby holes) of secretary desks come to mind.

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Glazes - Often Overlooked in Furniture Refinishing

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Generally, glazing refers to a pigmented "stain" applied over a clear seat coat or a pigmented finish.  Unlike a stain which colors the wood directly, a glaze remains on the surface of the intermediate finish layer - very much like pushing a thin paint around on a piece of glass.  Overall, glazing influences the appearance of the finish by slightly deepening its color - adding depth,contrast, and richness. Glazes may be used to focus attention on the profiles of a par...

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