|Posted by jhconklin on May 8, 2012 at 7:55 PM|
This lovely pair of inlaid end tables needed some care. The finish on both was cloudy and scratched. The gilding had oxidized to a dull green. One table had a dark stain from a pair of scissors left to rust in a puddle of tea.
The finish was realized with an amber dye stain, antique gold gilding paint, Van Dyke brown glaze and a satin to...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jhconklin 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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jhconklin on March 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM|
A pine entertainment unit that was perfectly suitable, but the light minimal finish gave it a casual appearance that didn't work with the other furniture.
A thin maroon toner over the pine started things off. Then several thin coats of walnut brown deepened the color and s...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jhconklin on May 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM|
Plan your upholstery and reupholstery projects with a little more information on hand. We have published a cost guide for reupholstering typical furniture. Also included is a yardage estimator so you can get a thumbnail of how much fabric your furniture may need. Of course, the specific details of your project may vary these guides, so it is best to contact us for a firm estimate.
The Guide is in two forms. Click on the small page icon to view a condensed version...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jhconklin on May 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM|
How much does it cost to refinish and upholster a dining set? This French provincial inspired setting dating around the 1940's needed some attention. The original finish had faded to a sallow orange color which was not at all in keeping with the owner's other decor. The upholstery was stained and some of the panels had fallen out. And then there was the faded rose vine pattern. The breakfront had loose veneers on the upper and lower doors, which had also war...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jhconklin on February 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM|
This type of china or curio cabinet is a suprisingly common visitor to the shop. Many are old enough to have float (or 'wavy') glass panels. This one had nice turned columns framing the door with carved capitals echoing the corinthian style. The feet were also more fully realized than some we have seen.
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|Posted by jhconklin on January 25, 2011 at 8:55 AM|
Cedar chests, hope chests, and blanket chests are very common pieces of furniture that people send to the workshop for refinishing. Furniture like this tends to be from the family and folks treat them as heirlooms - passing them from generation to generation. It is always pleasant to see the grandmother's chest installed at the foot of her granddaughter's bed, ready for another lifetime of use.
This cedar...Read Full Post »
|Posted by jhconklin on January 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM|
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|Posted by jhconklin on January 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM|
This was a very long extension table with two wide leaves. It could easily seat ten. The original finish had been damaged by water, magic markers, and various utensils. It had also developed a milky haze that obscured the wood. The legs and apron had loosened, so the table had a rather alarming sway. The complete project included tightening the legs and frame, filling dents and gouges, a two-...Read Full Post »