Long considered one of Raleigh Durham’s most reliable furniture repair shops, Mumford Restoration has the experience and knowledge to repair old furniture or damaged furniture to its original splendor. 

With more than 100 years of combined experience, Mumford Restoration tops the list of talented craftsmen for Raleigh furniture repair stores.

    How do you know which approach is best for your piece(s)? There are differences in each approach—the age and condition of the piece, your goals, and your budget will determine which one is best for your piece(s). The Restoration Consultants at Mumford Restoration can talk with you about your piece, provide a physical evaluation, if it makes sense, and guide you through the best option to meet your goals and vision.

      Don’t trust your precious pieces with just anyone. With more than 100 years of combined experience and third-generation craftsmen, Mumford Restoration is trusted by families, museums, and art societies in Raleigh-Durham, all of North Carolina, and across the U.S., to provide best-in-class restoration and repairs of sentimental & fine-furniture, antiques, and family heirlooms.

        Mumford Restoration offers restoration expertise, professional damage assessment, and estimated retail value on items (not structures) that have been damaged from fire/water, moving, and other types of commercial/residential damage.

          We make it easy to connect with us about your restoration or repair—let us know how we can be of service to you and your family!


            Mumford Restoration provides quality, precision antique furniture refinishing services in the Raleigh-Durham area and across North Carolina. But what do we mean when we say we’re refinishing furniture or antiques?

            Antique Furniture Refinishing: What It Is & Isn't

            The Merriam-Webster definition of refinishing is, “to give a new surface to”. This includes the removal of the existing finish, sanding, staining, and applying a new finish, which may or may not be the correct process for what a piece needs depending on its historical, sentimental, and intrinsic value.

            So be careful and don’t trust just anyone with your grandmother’s dining room table or any piece you want to preserve for generations.

            How do you know what process a piece may need? How do you know the company or person doing the “refinishing”:

            • Knows what they’re doing

            • Will use an authentic refinishing process that will protect, preserve, and increase the longevity of your treasured piece(s)

            • Without causing permanent damage

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            Antique Furniture Refinishing and Restoration:
            Know The  Difference  

            Just because a company claims to “refinish”, doesn’t mean they are experts in
            fine-furniture and antiques. Most of them use short-cuts that are destructive to the piece and they lack the depth of knowledge of authentic wood restoration processes to help you preserve your treasured heirloom.

            Vet them—don’t be afraid to ask these questions:

            • What is the difference between refinishing and restoration?

            • What type of wood is it? 

            • What period is it from?

            • Has it been refinished before?

            • What restoration processes are there? Which one is best for my piece? 

            • What is your approach and why? 

            • How do you remove the finish?

            • How do you apply stain?

            • How experienced are your craftsmen?

            Restoration may involve research, repair regluing, fabricating a missing piece, determining the original stain color and finish, original hardware and original sheen.

            Being a “refinisher” alone isn’t indicative of knowledge of how or even if a particular piece should be refinished. That’s like saying every doctor knows everything about the body and can do anything related to the body—we all know that isn’t true. If you have a heart issue, you want a heart doctor, not a GP. The same is true for preserving and protecting your furniture. You want an expert at the highest level of restoration—not a jack of all trades and master of none. 

            Mumford Restoration has been identifying, evaluating, and refinishing wood furniture  and antiques for 40 years, with third-generation craftsmen who have been perfecting their art and passing it on for over 100 years.

            You can trust us to correctly identify your piece, the type of wood, the period it came from, and guide you to the most appropriate restoration options for that piece. Refinishing is never a one size fits all—beware of any company who doesn’t have the depth and breadth of knowledge to treat your furniture as the unique piece that it is.

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            Here are some things to consider about refinishing your antique furniture:

            Is the finish restorable?
            Can we rejeuvenate the original?
            Can we produce a functional and usable finish that represents the original?

            Functional and usable finish.

            Refinishing can produce good results when a finish is no longer usable or restorable and must be removed and replaced. The result is a functional and beautiful finish.

            Total refinishing can produce a generic one-finish-fits-all result which is not always desirable on unique pieces.

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            If you have questions about refinishing your antique furniture, contact us today to speak with one of our Restoration Consultants.

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