At New Life Furniture we never “dip” the furniture in a hot caustic solution. Dipping is very destructive
to the integrity of the piece, it will literally unglue the entire piece and make the wood unstable. Hand
stripping is room temperature, pH neutral, and is never submerged in boiling hot lye. Hand stripping is
the way to go for furniture.
Furniture manufacturers produce many different specific types of finishes. Finishes can be period to a
specific time in keeping with an antique restoration or a very durable hard conference table top finish
which would be inappropriate to a restoration job. Specialty finishes can also be a painted finish in a
very specific color, sheen, and nuance. New Life Furniture can execute most all finishes.
Sometimes furniture just needs some preventative maintenance before it gets to the point of needing
an entire refinishing job. Touch-ups or refurbishing the existing finish is a good alternative, especially
when the overall look of the piece is good.
Tops of furniture normally take the majority of the wear and tear while the sides and front still look
good. If you have white rings from drink glasses or burns or black marks, there is no need to discard a
perfectly good piece of furniture when all that is needed is to refinish the top.
Furniture can be subjected to many different elements: perhaps a dresser side has been sun-faded from
being next to a window; pets can chew and claw a lower portion of a case piece or table leg. New Life
Furniture can even refinish a single drawer face to match the existing non-damaged drawers.
Furniture makers have used veneer on furniture for hundreds of years. It is a method of displaying highly
figured wood grain on a piece of furniture. There is nothing bad or negative about owning a veneer
piece of furniture. Occasionally a veneer repair is needed whether it has a lifting problem or a
chipping/missing area. New Life Furniture can make a professional repair.
Drawers and doors open and close thousands of times and eventually areas start to wear at their point
of contact. Depending on the age and type of construction of your pieces that need drawer work, New
Life Furniture can repair/replicate a period correct repair for worn drawers and tracks.
As styles change, a piece of furniture can be transformed by changing the color or type of finishing. New
Life Furniture can reconfigure the design and functionality of the piece. We have altered and
reconfigured many pieces at our shop.