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Furniture Refinishing

Restoring a Front Door’s Original Beauty

The front entryway, of course, is where you welcome friends and family into your home—you’ll make an excellent first impression with a beautiful front door that complements your house’s exterior. If you want to give your entryway a makeover, rely on our skilled craftsmen to make your front doors look like new again while still…

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Refreshing Your Inherited Furniture

People don’t always know what to do with inherited furniture from loved ones. Family heirlooms, despite their high sentimental value, often look too dull to stand out in your home—but inherited pieces don’t have to take a back seat. Read on for tips on redesigning and refinishing antique furniture to your liking, making it a…

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How to Identify Different Types of Wood in Antique Furniture

Artisans, cabinet and furniture-makers choose different types of woods to be used in furniture for their various qualities.  With a myriad of ways to cut and stain wood, it can be difficult to determine the type of wood used in antique furniture and trace it to a specific period.  There are additional variations within each…

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How to Identify Chippendale Furniture

Thomas Chippendale, a cabinetmaker from London, created one of the most famous furniture styles in the last three centuries.  Chippendale furniture combines gothic, Rococo, and Chinese influences to create a design motif that has gained popularity throughout the world. History’s initial wave of Chippendale furniture enjoyed popularity from 1750 to 1780, but there have also…

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5 Furniture Leg Styles You Need to Know

Not only are furniture leg styles an integral part of the overall aesthetic and functionality of a chair or table, but different furniture leg styles can also be used to identify and date antique pieces from many eras. Furniture legs provide clues as to the manufacture date, especially when used in conjunction with foot styles.…

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What is Queen Anne Furniture and How Do You Spot It?

Furniture made in the Queen Anne style was originally produced in the 1720s to about 1750 (the eponymous Queen Anne died in 1714). The style traveled to the United States, where it continued in production until 1800, falling within the Colonial furniture period. It’s difficult to define the characteristics of Queen Anne style furniture pieces…

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What’s My Chair Back Style?

There are so many chair styles; it may be confusing.  While many chair bases may seem similar, the chair back style is a defining feature and has been for centuries.  This chair style guide can help you identify your piece for purchase, restoration, and appraisal. These are some of the most common types of chair…

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Duncan Phyfe Furniture: History, Characteristics, & Restorations

The History of Duncan Phyfe Furniture In the United States, we have many furniture styles that have survived the centuries and still have an impact. But there are few American furniture makers we still remember today. Duncan Phyfe is an exception. Coming to the U.S. in 1784 from Scotland, he established himself as a talented…

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Rejuvenating and Caring for Your Cane Furniture

What is Cane Furniture? You have probably heard both the terms wicker and cane furniture tossed around. Cane refers to the grass used in some kinds of wicker furniture, with Arundo grass found in the Mediterranean and East Asia, and Arundinaria common in the Americas. Wicker is the process through which cane furniture is made,…

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How to Prepare Your Outdoor Lawn Furniture for Spring

It’s time to start getting your yard ready for summer by pulling your outdoor furniture out of storage. As the weather gets warmer, you’ll spend more time with family and friends in your backyard or on your patio. If you’ve prepared your furniture for winter, it will be in good condition and ready for your…

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