This drop-front secretary desk was very faded, scratched and watermarked. It needed refinishing and the drawers were loose and required gluing (the drawer sides were coming apart). The client wrote me this review about all the furniture I restored for her: read more
A slideshow about how I refinished two Chippendale chairs to match the rest from the set. Here is a transcript of the owner’s letter of appreciation:
“Dear Mark, The purpose of this letter is to thank you for the wonderful job you did restoring our antiques and color matching [perfectly] for the dining chairs you refinished. read more
This cherry wood writing desk was scratched, stained from spills and worn, the client asked me to refinish the top. Afterwards she wrote me this review about all the furniture I restored for her.
“Recently, I had the good fortune to find Mark Fry from Museum Quality Restoration Services. He has put his talent to work on some of my family heirlooms and recovered their beauty. My grandmother’s small desk was reborn and it was amazing to see a familiar piece come alive. Mark also worked on my desk and restored the writing surface, it is now a pleasure to work there. read more
This Armoire (Wardrobe) arrived in pieces from a lady who almost gave it up as a lost cause, the back was missing and many of the carvings and fine molded edges were broken off or damaged. Read what the client says in her letter to me after she receives her restored Armoire:
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how thrilled we are with the restoration of our armoire. read more
This antique Chinese statue of a horse was badly damaged in shipping – the back legs and the rider broke off. I glued and repaired the broken legs and body, then filled, smoothed, and touched up the repairs. read more
This antique clock was badly broken and needed to be re-assembled from many intricate carved pieces, then touched up afterwards to blend in the repairs. The clock now hangs in the Camelot Theater of Palm Springs. read more
A full restoration: repaired from worm and beetle damage, and restored finish. Here is an extract from the Angie’s List Review left by the client (See screenshot of the full review at bottom of page):
“he completely restored a Chinese antique chest (more than 300 years old) that had termite damage, structural weakness and severe damage to metal scrolling plus other issues… The Chinese cabinet work was truly “museum quality”. read more
I was commissioned to strip the black paint from this dresser and give it a nice natural wood stain finish instead. Process: Strip black paint to bare wood and apply new hand rubbed finish. read more
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Trunk Restored and Lined with Cedar By Museum Quality
Restoration of an antique trunk (chest). This trunk was stripped of old paint and the wooden finish was restored. A new cedar lining was also fitted – cedar wood is repellant to moths and the new lining would make the trunk a perfect storage chest for heirloom textile items such as linens and woolens. Please click through the gallery below, larger images will appear when thumbnails are clicked.
A Rancho Mirage antique restoration client wanted me to repair a medieval mirror. The mirror frame was gilded and in the 14th-Century gothic style. The frame was broken into pieces and had to be fixed and reassembled. read more