Barn WoodShop in Menlo Park CA Provides Furniture Restoration and Provides Furniture Refinish Services
For lovers of finely made wood furniture, it’s an age-old dilemma. Do you refinish furniture or restore furniture when it falls into disrepair? At The Barn Woodshop, we have built our reputation on offering fine furniture restoration and furniture refinishing craftsmanship, an old-world attention to excellence and precision, and revitalizing beloved furniture pieces. A family-owned and operated business, The Barn Woodshop in Menlo Park CA offers furniture repair and furniture restoration service. In addition, our skilled and experienced craftsmen offer personal touches in their work, from hand-rubbed finishes to hand-stripping to hand-woven seating.
The Furniture Repair Dilemma
When you have a piece of furniture in disrepair, you often need to decide whether to refinish or repair. Understanding the difference can help you make an informed decision.
At The Barn Woodshop, our employees will discuss with you the pros and cons of each and make recommendations about the best course of action for your furniture pieces.
Refinishing furniture is a much more comprehensive and involved process. When refinishing an item, the furniture is usually stripped down to bare original wood. While many furniture repair shops use chemical strippers, we offer hand-stripping service which is more appropriate for these types of pieces.
After being stripped, the furniture is sanded smooth and stained before a finish is applied.
Refinishing can make your furniture look beautiful. But for masterpieces, high-value items, or those with a clear lineage to a well-known and respected craftsman or company, there is the possibility that refinishing could diminish the value of your piece.
Furniture restoration services are less invasive than furniture refinishing. In most cases, choosing the least invasive option is usually the best course for preserving furniture value. Furniture restoration may actually be the best outcome and add value in the long run. Restoring furniture involves doing a light, noninvasive cleaning of the wood, repairing any damage and replacing fixtures if necessary.
Some people use the terms refinish and restore interchangeably, which can lead to confusion and end results that are not desired. The Barn Workshop craftsmen will be happy to explain the processes, supplies and equipment used in each case.
Working with the Barn Woodshop
When The Barn Woodshop works on your furniture, you know that you will have talented and experienced craftsmen who specialize in intricate woodworking. For example, instead of dipping your furniture in a vat of harsh stripping chemicals, we use safe materials that get the job done. We pride ourselves on being meticulous in our work.
In addition to furniture restoration and furniture refinishing, The Barn Woodshop offers a range of other woodworking services. We custom-build furniture, reupholster furniture, work on antique restorations and do architectural woodwork restoration. We provide hand-woven seats in a variety of styles and materials, including cane, wicker, rattan, oak splints and high-density cotton Shaker tape.
We understand that customers can be quite emotionally attached to their furniture. Since our founding in 1929, we’ve valued the time-honored traditions associated with fine woodworking. Proprietor Tom Kieninger learned as an apprentice at the hands of his father, Al, who purchased The Barn Woodshop in 1974. Today, Tom’s son, Luke, is learning the business the same way his father and grandfather did.
For all types of furniture repair and furniture reupholstery services in Menlo Park CA, turn to the trusted and experienced hands at The Barn Woodshop.