Restoration of High-Quality Mid-Century Collectible Furniture
A new generation has re-discovered the clean-lined beauty of mid-century furniture and it has become highly collectible. Mid-century design showcases the natural figure of the wood, usually walnut or teak, and has a minimum of ornament. Heavy, thick varnish or lacquer finishes were eschewed as designers sought to bring out the warmth and depth of the wood without creating a "plastic" barrier between it and the viewer.
When restoring such pieces, it is important to keep this original intent of the designer in mind and utilize the same types of rubbed oil finishes. We hand apply these finishes, buffing them to a low luster. Depending on its condition, an old oil finish can often simply be cleaned and revived and a fresh coat applied.
If these modern wood veneers have become stained, they must be treated with great care to avoid sanding through. Dark water stains occur when iron in the water reacts with tannic acid in the wood. These can be lightened with carefully applied oxylic acid. Chipped veneer can be filled and subtle faux-graining provides an invisible repair.
- Restoration of original finish on mid-century style furnishings
- Repair and part replacement on mid-century furnishings
- Breath new life into stylish furniture from designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and Harry Bertoia by restoring to original condition with period materials and methods.
“John, thank you so much for refinishing my kitchen table. The table is gorgeous and I couldn't be happier!”
— Gail D