Restoration is often confused for refinishing, but they are completely different things. Whereas refinishing means taking your piece of wooden furniture all the way down to a completely natural, untreated state, restoration means keeping your piece of furniture as-is, but enhancing the way it looks. The entire point of restoration is to keep a piece of furniture looking authentic to the age of the piece. Through this process, we will bring the paint, or surface stain, back to the way it used to look, while also replacing any hardware with the correct, age-appropriate hardware.
Paint Touch Up
When it comes to restoration, we are not trying replace the paint on your furniture with glossy, new paint. We are not looking to change the way your furniture looks, or adapt the color of it to fit your home, or lifestyle. With restoration, we are looking to fix up the exact type of paint that your furniture already has on it. We use an expert process to match the paint on your furniture and, if possible, we try and use paints that would have existed in the time that the furniture was made. By doing this, we can keep your furniture as authentic as possible.
Another big part of the restoration process is to make sure that any, and all, hardware that is on your furniture is replaces, or restored to its original look and function. We source from all over the world, to make sure that any type of hardware that we are using on your furniture is age appropriate and authentic to the tears that your furniture piece was manufactured in. If we absolutely cannot find a piece of hardware, we partner with machine shops that can create perfect replicas of those hardware pieces for you, so that we can make your piece look perfect.
If your antique furniture piece has no paint on it, it is actually easier for us to restore. Although stains have evolved over time, the color choices of stains have remained relatively the same for generations. Plus, like paint, we can make customer stains that, not only match the stain your piece may have had in the past, but is also appropriate to the year that your piece was built in. Just like with paint and hardware restoration, the entire point of staining is to make your piece authentic to the time when it was created.
When we set out to restore a piece of furniture, we really try to not alter the piece in any way. We are not trying to make the furniture in to a custom piece, we are trying to keep it as authentic as possible. However, there will be times when parts of your piece are so badly damaged that they absolutely have to be patched. Patching is a last ditch thing for us, but if we need to do it, we will always use the same type of wood, to make sure that we keep the authenticity of the piece.