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Is Re-Upholstering My Furniture Worth It?

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM
Is Re-Upholstering My Furniture Worth It?

Some form of  "Is recovering my sofa, chair, couch worth it?"  is the most commonly asked question by folks considering reupholstery of their furniture.  Web searches for "upholstery price" or "upholstery cost" bring more visits to our website than any other - indicating that people are grappling with that question.  We published a

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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 Fabric Care | Cleaning

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

When delivering re-upholstered furniture, we are often asked about how to care for the new fabric.  While we generally recommend a professional cleaning service, in some instances that is not possible nor desirable.  So we've linked to a care and cleaning article published by Duralee Fabrics - one of our fabric providers - for your reference.

Fabric Care Instructions

In just about every case, it is professional treat stains in order to m...

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Pictures of Window Treatments | Style Guide

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Photo gallery of contemporary and traditional draperies and curtains.  Click image to view.

Photo gallery of window top treatments: valances, swags, cornices.  Click image to view.

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Where Can I Get My Furniture Reupholstered in New Jersey?

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Well, folks in the South Jersey Area have been finding the "where" and the "who" for upholstery at the furniture workshop of JH Conklin & Co. since 1992.


South Jersey defined as Burlington County, Camden County and Glocester County, NJ.  And Atlantic County, Salem County and Cumberland County, NJ.  Folks in Delaware and Philadelphia, too.

From antiques to contemporary furniture a...

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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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Upholstery Fabric Trimmings - Trend Fabrics

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

This collection of upholstery fabric trimmings from Trend fabrics (a fabric line from Fabricut) is simply wonderful and inspiring.  Bullion, edging tape, tassels, braid ...


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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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Jersey Shore: Furniture Refinishing and Upholstery

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 7:57 PM


Keep an eye out!  The furniture refinishing and upholstery workshop at J H Conklin & Co has expanded its service area for routine pick-up and delivery to include the South Jersey shore areas.  Cape May County, Atlantic County, and Ocean County are now included.  This would include neighborhoods in: Cape May, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Pleasantville, Ocean City, Atl...

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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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