How do I get an estimate for repairs or re-upholstery?
The easiest way to get a preliminary estimate is to submit a picture of your furniture piece along with a description of the problem in our contact page. We will respond within a few days and provide you with our best estimate based on the pictures. This is a free service we provide to all of our customers. However, if you would like a more precise estimate you can bring the piece into our shop for evaluation, or for a fee we will come to your home or office to make an on-site evaluation. Contact us to get started.
How do I know if my piece is worth restoring?
Several factors determine the answer to this question, such as the dollar and historical value of the piece, the possible sentimental value of the piece, and the extent of the required restoration. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to aid you in this decision.
What is French polishing?
French polishing is a traditional finishing technique that developed in France between 1810-1820. Its use quickly spread to England and the rest of Europe, and became the preferred finish for fine furniture. The technique involves applying shellac by rubbing it into the wood with a cloth pad. The resulting finish brings out the depth and color of the timber. Often, French polishing is necessary in order to preserve the historical integrity of a piece. The technique requires arduous training to master and is considered to be a dying art. As such, qualified French polishers are rare.
What is woodworm, and what can be done about it?
Both modern and antique furniture are susceptible to attack from the furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum), commonly known as woodworm. If you notice worm holes in furniture, we recommend the following test: Place the piece on newspaper for several days, and sharply rap the affected area each day. If this process results in small piles of sawdust, chances are good that the piece is actively infested and requires professional treatment. It is wise to prevent the spread of destructive woodworm to other furniture or fixtures by keeping the piece outdoors and sealed in plastic until treated. We also suggest testing newly acquired pieces before introducing them into the home.