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Those of you familiar with Strictly Mission know that many of the pieces we sell have undergone some "restoration" before we put them in the showroom for sale.  This may be anything from just a good cleaning and a coat of wax to completely being stripped of a misguided coat of paint and then being refinished.  Rarely do I find is necessary to strip a piece unless it was once painted.  Some of you may have also partaken of this service for pieces of your own.

This page shows some of the pieces we've worked on in the past.  Current projects are shown on the Restoration in Progress page. This service is not limited to Mission and Arts & Crafts furnishing.  We will accept any style.

Unfortunately I've taken very few photos of the 'before' condition while posting lots of 'after'.  Therefore this section shows only recent pieces but will expand as times goes by.

But first let me define some terms to avoid confusion:

Cleaned up:  This means the piece was structurally sound and the finish was in good condition but dirty.  All that is needed it to remove the dirt, touch up and bare wood and add a fresh coat of wax.

Conserve:  Conserve means to clean and make only minimal repairs.  Essentially only enough repairs to keep the piece from deteriorating any further.

Repair: Repairs usually involve reglueing loose joints, repairing or replacing broken pieces and minor work on the finish.

Restoration:  Restoration involves reglueing the loose joints, replacing missing pieces, adding color to areas that are sun faded or very worn form use or abuse, and restoring the finish to its original condition.

Refinishing:  This involves removal of the old finish and putting on a new finish.  For period furniture the only time I've found it necessary to strip off an old finish is when it was painted somewhere along the way.  If the piece was stripped prior to being painted it is almost impossible to get all of the paint out of the grain.  If it was painted over an original shellac or varnish finish the paint will come off and leave a nice paint free surface suitable for refinishing.

Light Overcoat:  You'll see this term in descriptions used by auction houses to mean the while the piece retains its original finish it was at some time given an additional coat of finish, usually shellac.  Shellac is the only finish that will adhere to itself once the previous coat has completely cured.

Now for some examples:

Stickley Brothers Sideboard #8900

The round spot on the right side door is on my lens, not the sideboard.




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