Refinishing

Refinishing

Your furniture has a brighter future than you think.

We've been finishing furniture since 1978, and our expert finishers deliver great, showroom quality results. We have the same standards for your refinished furniture as we do for our new furniture, so you can expect a great outcome.

We can refinish pine, oak, maple, cherry, walnut, birch and even some veneers. We offer dozens of stain colours, painted finishes, milk paint, hand hewn, rustic and distressed finishes. We can restore your furniture to as-new condition, or we can leave that rich, hard-earned character and just freshen up the finish.

Depending on how busy we are, we typically book work two weeks out. And we can complete most projects in one week.

You can choose to have us pick-up and deliver your furniture, or you can drop-off and pick-up your furniture at our Finishing Shop.

Our pricing is based on an hourly shop rate - materials included. The price depends on the amount of work required.

Email us your photographs and measurements and tell us what you have in mind. We'll be happy to provide you with a quote.

Generally speaking, our work falls into three categories:

1. Recondition & Refinish

Affordable, like new results.

• Disassemble, remove hardware
• Clean with mineral spirits
• Sand lightly to help new finish adhere
• Blend and recondition any dents, scratches or discolouration
• Apply one sealer and two lacquer clear coats, hand sand between coats

This process is more affordable because it is unnecessary for us to remove the existing finish. We can apply the new finish directly over top and achieve a great result.

This is an excellent option if you're happy with the colour of the existing finish, but find that it's lost its luster and is looking tired. All of the scuff marks and scratches in the finish will disappear. Gouges and deep scratches will be coloured to blend with the original finish and partially filled with the new lacquer.

The result is a charming and unique combination: The luster and fresh showroom feel of a brand new piece, with the rich character and patina of a coveted heirloom.

2. Paint & Refinish

Affordable, dramatic results.

• Disassemble, remove hardware
• Clean with mineral spirits
• Sand lightly to help new finish adhere
• Mask as necessary
• Apply multiple coats of paint to ensure coverage
• Distress to taste, or not at all
• Apply one sealer and two lacquer clear coats, hand sand between coats

In some cases, for example, table tops or dresser tops:

• Strip efficiently
• Hand or machine plane to taste, hand sand
• Stain to taste
• Apply one sealer and two lacquer clear coats, hand sand between coats

Stain is absorbed into the wood and shows the wood grain, whereas paint lays on top of the wood and produces an opaque finish, thus concealing the wood grain.

This is an affordable process because we do not remove the original finish. It's somewhat more costly than option 1 because of the additional labour and materials involved with applying multiple coats of paint.

In some cases, we're able to remove the existing finish without too much trouble. Large flat surfaces are efficient to work with. This provides the opportunity to apply two-tone finishes and in a variety of colours. For example, a table with a stained top and a painted base - one of our more popular finishes.

This is an excellent option if you have great furniture, but you're ready for a fresh look. We're able to achieve a dramatic change at a reasonable cost, and in any colour you choose.

3. Strip & Refinish

Detailed work, unlimited options.

• Disassemble, remove hardware
• Strip clear coats
• Hand sand extensively to remove coloured material from all surfaces
• Prepare material for new finish
• Stain and/or paint to taste
• Distress to taste, or not at all
• Apply one sealer and two lacquer clear coats, hand sand between coats

This is the least affordable option. Pieces with turned or internal components, complex assemblies, multiple corners and detailed mouldings are very time consuming and difficult to strip. Coloured stains are absorbed into the pores of the wood and we cannot stain one colour over top of another. The only way to remove the original stain is to hand sand into these hard to reach places.

In some cases this is simply not an economical option. For example, Windsor chairs have intricately turned legs and back spindles. Hand sanding the colour out of all these components takes a lot of time, and unfortunately there is no short cut.

This is a reasonable option for special sentimental items, favourite heirlooms or pieces made of mostly flat surfaces. For items that cannot be stripped economically, painting or partial stripping is a very popular option.

Browse these great examples.

Colourful Dressers

These are perfectly functional, solid wood dressers. They had lost their charm, but we thought they had a lot of potential. The white finish was looking tired and the laquer had begun to chip. The gold pinstripe and matching drawer hardware was looking dated.

Before 

After

Cost:

Large Dresser - $450.
Small Dresser - $350.
Night Stand - $225.

How can we help? tel: (613) 563-1046 e-mail: hello@theemporium.com