Eldred Wheeler furniture will always have great value through the generations and is always worth having repaired or refinished. After many years of use, a piece often is marred or scratched, and even though this actually makes the piece look more like an antique, the Owner may wish to have it made new again. Eldred Wheeler offers refinishing services to restore the piece to its original glory. Please be aware we will only refinish Eldred Wheeler pieces.
Top Only versus Full Piece Refinishing
The most common refinishing projects involve tops of tables and other pieces that have been marred through use or received damage somehow. Often moving/relocation damage is the culprit. Eldred Wheeler scrapes the entire finish off with hand scrapers and gives the piece and entirely new top finish. Our current process includes a lacquer finish so the tops are sealed and impermeable to water in a way that is much superior to the top sealers applied in the early days of Eldred Wheeler. Typically the bottom does not need a full refinish like the top and this is much less costly.
Refinishing the entire piece is often required following significant sunlight damage to the piece over time in one area, or significant damage or wear throughout the piece. We sand off the original finish and bring the piece up again from raw wood to a final new finish. This restores the piece to new condition.
Early Eldred Wheeler Finishes (Pieces over 15 years old)
Early Eldred Wheeler finishes were shellac only on most surfaces and poly-urethane on tops. We no longer offer this type of finish as the durability is much less than our current system which applies a lacquer over the shellac giving much greater durability, resistance to sunlight damage, and a deeper lasting gloss to the finish. Our finishes are applied to our famous hand-scraped surface.
Having us Refinish Your Piece
The process involves you shipping the piece to our Hanover, MA factory. For tops only and smaller pieces we recommend FedEx or UPS Box Shipping. For larger pieces; such as, our Bonnet Top Highboy we recommend using Ukay furniture delivery service. Once we receive the piece we will typically refinish it within 8 weeks. Once finished we will contact you so that you can arrange shipping back to your residence. If you live in the New England area we can pickup and deliver for an additional charge.