Frequently Asked Questions
A: Most furniture currently sold in the market today is imported from China, Indonesia, or Vietnam where the strength of construction, materials used, and the finishing process are sometimes compromised. Most furniture made in the USA was manufactured from 1900 to 1980 and is well constructed and intended for our climate. Imported furniture may have defects in construction where the wood may not be properly cured and finishing short-cuts have been made. Restoring an antique to its original condition or refinishing a piece for an updated look only adds to the value.
A: If refinishing an antique has you concerned about reduction in value, a certified appraiser may evaluate your antique and recommend a course of action. 99.9% of the time restoration will restore its marketable value.
A: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we can only warranty materials and workmanship. If there is ever a problem with a piece of furniture we have repaired or refinished, please call us. We stand behind our products and service at Kuhl Wood Refinishing.
A: We offer pick-up and delivery for most items. Pieces too large to handle such as pianos will require a third-party delivery service. Cost depends on the size and situation surrounding the furniture, and time involved with the pick-up and delivery. Travel, difficulty, disassembly, etc. are all factors.
A: Kuhl Wood Refinishing uses only the finest products on the market today: pre-catalyzed lacquer, from Vanguard coatings, urethane sealers from Italy, stains and paints from Sherwin Williams, 3M products for sanding, and Mohawk finishing products for repair and touch-up.
A: Yes we can, and we are very good at it. Kuhl Wood Refinishing can match color, sheen, distressing, painted or stained finishes. We pride ourselves on reproducing the exact finish you want.
A: Sorry, no we don’t.
A: Yes we do. Built-in units can be refinished in the home or custom painted to your specifications. Kitchen cabinet cases are also finished in the home. Most furniture is best finished in our shop, where we have a spray booth to exhaust lacquer fumes and ample lighting for detailed work.
A: Yes, we can paint all furniture in any style or color you prefer. Utilizing current or now- current distress styles, gold or silver leaf accents, match the finish to another piece or from a picture. Let your imagination run wild!
A: Yes we do. Chairs are the most abused piece of furniture in your home. We will completely dismantle the chair, clean all glue joints if doweled, replace all dowels, re-glue, clamp, level and replace worn glides. Once completed, our re-glued chairs exceed most factory standards.
A: Yes, tabletops are our specialty. We offer a pre-catalyzed finish for a more durable top coat which is water, alcohol, and scuff resistant while matching the color and sheen of the rest of the table. This finish is non-conditioning, which means no waxing or polishing is required. A damp cloth and dry cloth wipe are all that is needed.
A: Yes, we will re-silver when applicable.
A: Usually you will need to allow two to six weeks to fully refinish your furniture, whether it is a single piece or an entire grouping. We can sometimes expedite work based on work load, but we cannot rush drying and curing times.
A: At Kuhl Wood Refinishing we’ve had some pretty strange requests to finish or refinish various items over the years. We like a challenge, and can usually accommodate all of our customers in their finishing or painting desires. Don’t be afraid to ask. We have repaired everything from statues and bird carvings to antique baby buggies and water skis. Don’t throw it out … get creative.
A: Yes, quite often we will re-glue or repair furniture without refinishing it. We are well versed in making replacement parts, and finishing them to match.
A: We strive to give our customers the finish that they want, and strongly encourage our customer’s involvement in the finishing process to achieve desired results. This can be a finish that makes the piece look aged or brand new. We will match a customer sample provided, such as a drawer or cabinet door, and ask you come into our shop to provide feedback when we are ready to match a color. You will have your choice of sheens, from flat, dull, satin, semi-gloss or gloss and have the option of having the piece rubbed out for a formal look. We specialize in custom finishes. New hardware will also make a dramatic difference in the overall appearance of a piece.
A: Outdoor furniture is a different animal. No finish is going to last outside. Fine teak and mahogany for instance need to be oiled constantly. We will strip, sand, and apply the first coats of outdoor oil, leave you with a healthy supply, and instruct when to apply in the future. It’s almost like polishing your indoor furniture, where constant maintenance is required.
A: No, we do not buy or sell furniture at Kuhl Wood Refinishing. We are a service-related business and are happy to work on any furniture that you have, but we do not have a retail business.
A: No, we do not offer appraisals but we have partners in the business who do. We are able to tell you about the quality and approximate age of a piece, which may be helpful in determining whether you would like to have the piece refinished.
A: No, we do not handle upholstery but we can make a recommendation or team the refinishing work with an upholsterer of your choice.