We love working on mid-Century/Modern furniture. The lines are great and the forms so elegant. The tricky thing about this era of furniture is that sometimes the pieces are constructed with the thinnest layer of veneer, so you have to be very careful working on them. Also, some of the original manufacturers did not always use the most enduring glue, so many pieces loosen and break over time and have to be re-glued with more lasting glue.
Pair of Contemporary Side Tables
A client of ours in NYC asked us to repair and restore these tables.
Over time, the veneer had chipped and the finish had become worn and
damaged. We first stripped the existing finish off of the pieces and
then made all of our veneer repairs. We then stained them black for the
base color and filled in the grooves in the oak with lime wax to effect
the black and white contrast. Finally, we varnished the pieces to
protect the surfaces.
Mid-Century Modern Chair
A San Francisco based designer asked us to refinish this chair for a Sag Harbor-based client. The chair has great lines and was structurally sound, it just needed to be refinished, especially the arms and front legs. We stripped the old finish off of the chair and finished it with Danish oil.
Mid-Century/Modern Coffee Table
This is a great table. We love the lines
and scale. Our client is very attached to it and asked us to gently
refinish it and repair the damaged veneer along the edge of the table.
The table has very thin veneer so we had to be very careful in preparing
the surface for refinishing and staining.
Mid-Century Modern Desk
An East Hampton based designer has asked
us to restore this desk for one of his NYC clients. The desk has several
scratches and chips. We refinished the desk in a deeper walnut
color (the existing finish has quite a bit of red tonality) and finished
off the project with a wax finish. This piece was delicately hand sanded as needed as
the veneer, as with many mid-century modern pieces, is extremely thin.
Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
This project was a bit of a challenge. Our client on Shelter Island, NY had a set of 4 dining chairs, all with quite a bit of damage ranging from being almost completely shattered to being loose and in need of re-gluing. The chairs that were in pieces were also missing components that we had to fabricate. Once the repairs were done, we thoroughly cleaned off quite a bit of dirt and waxed the existing finish. They now look great again and are very sturdy.
Modern Asian Style End Tables
An antiques shop in Greenport, NY asked us to restore this nice set of end tables. When we got them, they were scratched and there were stains and paint splatter on the dull black finish. We prepared the surfaces of the tables, primed them and painted them a glossy back. We then finished off the project with several layers of shellac to make the gloss really pop.
Pair of Mid-Century Axe Chairs
A couple based in Brooklyn, NY with a summer home in Southold, NY asked
us to restore this gorgeous pair of Mid-Century Axe chairs. The chairs
had numerous scratches and gouges, which we repaired and then touched in
to color match the repairs.
One of our clients in Blue Point, Long Island found this chair for free
on the side of the road. He had a great eye and knew it had pleasing
lines and could be restored and look fantastic. The faux leather seat is
suspended in the chair by lucite bars located on the back and arms of
the chair. The chair was in a very bad state. We had to strip it,
re-glue several areas where the wood had separated and also re-create
some of the hardware (bolts that held the top portion of the chair to
the base). Once the chair was stripped, we really began to see how nice
the wood really was. We gave it a period-appropriate stain and waxed it
to a warm, soft finish. We created an exact duplicate of the existing
(and quite horrible) seat that was made out of vinyl and had very
deteriorated fill. The new seat was made out of black recycled leather,
and is durable but also soft.
Mid-Century Modern Chair
This chair came out fantastic. We refinished the chair, replaced missing hardware and re-created a new leather seat out of recycled black leather.