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The Master's Touch

Furniture Restoration Service

Quality restorations and repairs for over 45 years!

(540) 845-9068

 

Restoration Services We Provide

 

Furniture Refinishing

The right finish on each and every item. That's what its all about. Doing the job right the first time! We offer authentic antique finishes in shellac, butter milk paint or French polish, custom finishes like high gloss Chinese lacquer, acrylic lacquer, pre-catalyzed and post-catalyzed finishes, varnishes and urethanes. We mix our own stains to achieve the precise color required from oil base stains, NGR stains, Japan colors, water and alcohol dye stains. The first priority in restoration finishing is to preserve and protect the wood. The second is to bring out the beauty and high-lights of the wood grain. The Master's Touch does both on every item we restore. What we achieve is the look of an old authentic finish in excellent condition rather than an antique with the new refinished look. See our Price Guide.

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Furniture Upholstery

Rejuvenate your home or office with delightful fabric from The Master's Touch large selection. Whatever your style and need, we'll help you select the right fabric for your lifestyle. Our professional advice can help add years of service to that favorite sofa or chair. See our Price Guide.

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Furniture Repair

Missing ornate carvings? A broken leg? Chipped veneer? Stuck drawer? Whether it be wood or metal, The Master's Touch can fix it. From a simple regluing to hand carving or a major restoration, we're ready to replace that missing part, and restore your furniture to its original condition.

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Gluing Loose Joints & Brakes

Those "impossible to fix" repairs (that other shops may turn away) can be restored so well with our own Pro-Bond II system that we guarantee non-commercial repairs for 5 years. Most new furniture only comes with a warranty of 1 year or less. We fix them better than new with Pro-Bond II! See our Price Guide.

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Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Fire and Smoke damaged furniture whether new or antique present special problems in restoration. Blistered or melted finishes, charred and singed wood, general discoloring from heat, smoke and soot to name a few. Over the years we have economically restored many items other shop and Insurance companies have written off as a "Total Loss". This type of damage is often accompanied by water damage too. (friendly Firemen with big hoses)

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Water Damage Restoration

Next to fire damage, water can be the biggest threat to antiques and fine furniture. The fiber cellulose nature of wood and many types of glue are highly susceptible to water damage. Quick action is needed to stop the damage. Removing the items form the source of water, wipe off excess moisture and use fans to air dry. Wood exposed to heavy moisture will swell, split, crack and glue joints fall apart. In some cases it can take over a year for the full extent of water damage to be known. Restorations can only be performed after the items are thoroughly dried. The Master's Touch can often restore the original finish rather than refinish. Newer items and items with a finish in good condition can withstand a lot of water damage. Older items assembled with hide glue and finished with shellac generally suffer the most damage.

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Transit Damage Repairs

Nicks, scratches, gouges, dents, scraps, pad marks, crushed corners, broken legs, missing moldings or carvings, etc., are all part of a normal days work for The Master's Touch restorers. If you have a good move with only a few small scrapes or have many severely damaged items we can restore them (usually better than before the damage) to their pre damaged condition.

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Brass Polishing

The Master's Touch can bring back that bright gleam to your old brass. Beds, platters, lamps, nautical items, trays, art objects all can be restored to their former glory. Each item is taken apart, cleaned, polished 3 times with finer and finer compounds, then finished with a special tarnish resistant lacquer and reassembled.

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Piano Refinishing & Cabinet Repairs

The special skills, knowledge and experience to produce a lasting beautiful protective finish on a fine instrument is why The Master's Touch is the choice of people who demand quality and professionalism. See our Price Guide and Photos.

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Antique Restoration, Conservation, Preservation

The Master's Touch has restored several items that are viewed daily in the surrounding historical sites here in Fredericksburg. We have also performed many restorations for private collectors from the Washington D.C. Metro area to the Richmond and Charlottesville Virginia areas. It takes a working knowledge of old style cabinetry, tooling and finishing techniques to do true antique restoration. We have the knowledge, patience, and skill required to do not only restoration but preservations also.

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Spot Touch-ups, Scratch Removal

Restoring that flea market find to it's intended beauty need not be expensive. Nicks, scratches, burns, white ring marks - all can be touched-up at minimal cost. If the finish is not aged, it can be "clear-coated" to both revitalize the finish and protect the beauty of the wood.

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Furniture Stripping

Solid wood or veneered, delicate antiques or your front door, The Master's Touch can economically remove years of paint or old finishes with our safe, by hand, flow-over stripping system. No water, no acids or caustics to harm your fine furniture. See our Price Guide.

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Color Matching

Just bought new unfinished furniture or a great buy at the local flea market? The Master's Touch is an expert at color matching or blending. We mix all our own stains and paints. We can make the old look like new or the new look old. Don't settle for "Well, I'll get it as close as I can". If the color does not blend or match, its not done right.

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Replacement Parts

Missing drawer pulls, broken hinges, curved glass, broken spindles, chipped off veneer edging, locks, keys, latches, knobs, table slides, shelf supports, bed rail fasteners, chair glides, handles, casters, drawer runners, mirror supports, finials, appliques, rocker runners, drop leaf table supports, table locks, rocker springs, decorative fiber seats, old trunk and ice box hardware, tea cart and server parts, decorative nails, Hoosier style cabinet parts, high chair parts, old wall telephone parts, desk lid supports, claw foot leg caps, key hole escutcheons and inserts, and much more can all be replaced to bring your furniture back to its original and useful condition.

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Hand Caning, Seatweaving of all types

Don't throw that chair away, The Master's Touch can restore it. Machine, hand or French caning, Rush, Reed, or Splint, Danish or modern, we do it all. Wicker repair too! See our Price Guide.

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Custom Finishes

From your grandmother's old rocker to your entire kitchen, The Master's Touch can transform them into a creation of distinction. Our custom finishing includes distressing, glazing, highlighting and shading to enhance the beauty and individuality of each piece. If you like, The Master's Touch can match stains to harmonize with your furnishings. We also offer high gloss lacquers and hand-rubbed finishes to your desired sheen. See our Price Guide.

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Kitchen Refinishing

Yes! The Master's Touch can save you a lot of $$$. Don't make the mistake of replacing those fine solid wood cabinets with "the new look" of plastic fronts or new flake board cabinets. We offer unlimited color selection with our custom finishes to meet your needs. Increase the value of your home and take a vacation with the money you'll save. A great gift for that special wife.

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Insurance Claims

The Master's Touch is an expert when it comes to restoring fire, smoke, water or transit damaged furnishings. We know what to look for and where to find hidden damage. With over 40 years of experience we know just what can truly be restored and what must be replaced. We have developed special cleaning and finishing procedures to eliminate mildew, mold, stains and smoke smell. We work directly with many insurance adjusters and national moving companies. If you want the job done right the first time call, The Master's Touch.

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Architectural Finishes

Kitchens, built-in book cases and cabinets, wood walls, paneling, doors, windows and decorative moldings; If its brand new and needs a beautiful protective finish or an old all wood library room that needs total refinishing, The Master's Touch is ready for the task. We even work after hours for commercial customer so there business operations are not interrupted. See our Price Guide.

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