Brendel Restoration are master craftsmen at the arts of the touch up, repair, and refinishing of luxury and fine wood furniture.
It is all about elegance and opulence in wood for Brendel Restoration.
Brendel Restoration has a well established reputation for excellence. If you are looking for fine wood furniture repair, wood refinishing, wood restoration, or wood enhancement we have the knowledge and the craftsmen to restore your fine woodwork to its original beauty. There is nothing like the beauty of woodwork when it has been refinished. The light reflects across the wood surfaces and adds beauty to the room matched by nothing else. Beautiful wood sets the standards for your decor. If you are concerned you have a piece of fine wood furniture that may be losing its finish, Brendel Restoration can bring it back to its original luster. The process used by our professionals is second to none for restoring the natural beauty of wood surfaces.
Brendel Restoration offers dramatic results with many wood furniture repairs done on site in your home or business. Utilizing proven technology, products and processes, our skilled technicians can restore and enhance your fine wood’s natural beauty and strength while virtually erasing scuffs, gouges, water rings and dents. Even broken, water-damaged, and fire-damaged furniture pieces can often be restored to a like-new or pre-loss condition.
Our customers enjoy seeing their precious pieces of wood furniture restored. Often, our clients are concerned their piece might be too damaged to restore. After we are done with it, and they see their wood furniture at its premium, they are shocked and very satisfied with the restoration and repair work we have done. The piece of furniture they once thought about trashing or putting into storage, is now a presentable piece of furniture for their home, and is turned into a focal point in their living spaces. We love it when that happens. Customer satisfaction is what Brendel Restoration is all about. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal, which is why we have so many return customers. Once they see one project completed, they suddenly see the potential of other treasured pieces that have lost their luster.
The bottom line when working with luxury wood furniture is realizing the beauty that it holds. Fine wood furniture can easily steal the show in a room filled with beautiful things. It simply stands out. When a piece of furniture is at its peak, it is hard to resist reaching out and running your hands across the surface. The sheen on the surface of the wood pulls you in with its many beauty marks caused by nature.
In both residential and commercial settings, we provide an affordable alternative to replacement of furnishings and fixtures. We specialize in wood furniture repair for antiques, millwork, paneling, banisters, cabinetry, mantels, and hardwood floors. Other services include wood furniture structural repair and stabilization, precision repair of wood surfaces, color blending and image enhancement, as well as furniture refinishing and polishing.
Furniture Restoration: Our finishers are master craftsmen in luxury wood furniture restoration, touch up, and repair of all types of luxury wood furniture pieces. We specialize in every aspect of furniture restoration both residential and commercial.
Furniture Refinishing: Top quality customer service and craftsmanship for the refinishing of commercial and residential furniture including family heirlooms, pieces with sentimental value, fine antiques, office furniture, contemporary pieces, and other good quality pieces. Finishers are required to have experience in the application of numerous coatings including shellac, lacquer, polyester, polyurethane, and catalyzed polyurethane.
Furniture Repair: Residential and commercial wood furniture repair. Unsightly scratches, gauges, screw holes, wear in high traffic areas, etc? Full refinishing is not always required. At Brendel Restoration we are masters in the art of touch up, “faux graining”, and spot finishing. We also over joint stabilization and structural repair services.
Color & Stain Matching:
Matching an architects sample or meeting the expectations of the discerned collector isn’t as easy as one thinks. Colors are usually matched through a series of coloring steps making up a formula. In other words….you can’t expect to go to your local hardware store and find a wiping stain that’s going to give you the color you’re seeking to match. When dealing with a difficult color it may be necessary to incorporate chemical stains, wiping stains, dye stains and colored coatings. Call Brendel Restoration for a formula consultation.
We can save you time and money.
Luxury Wood and Fine Wood Finishing:
Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes which are dissolved in denatured alcohol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac functions as a tough all-natural primer, sanding sealant, tannin-blocker, odor-blocker, stain, and high gloss varnish. Shellac is often the only historically appropriate finish for early 20th-century hardwood floors, and wooden wall and ceiling paneling.
From the time it replaced oil and wax finishes in the 19th century, shellac was the dominant wood finish in the western world. Shellac comes in many warm colors, ranging from a very light blond (“platina”) to a very dark brown (“garnet”), with all shades of brown, yellow, orange and red in between. The color is influenced by the sap of the tree the lac bug is living on, as well as the time of harvest. Historically, the most commonly sold shellac is called “orange shellac”, and was used extensively as a combination stain and protectorate on wood paneling and cabinetry in the 20th century.
Shellac was once very common, being available any place paints or varnishes were sold (such as hardware stores). However, less expensive, more transparent, more abrasive, and chemically-resistant finishes, such as polyurethane, have almost completely replaced it in the world of decorative residential fine wood finishing such as for hardwood floors, wooden wainscoting, plank paneling, and kitchen cabinets. These alternative products must be applied over a stain if the user wants the wood colored; shellac wasn’t applied over a stain, as it was orange/amber in color by itself, and so functioned as a combination stain and protective topcoat. “Wax over shellac” (an application of buffed-on paste wax over several coats of shellac) is often regarded as a beautiful finish for hardwood floors.
Faux: We use faux techniques in our repair and touch-up service, but we also perform large scale faux finishing on luxury and fine wood furniture or architectural elements. Faux finishes; marbleizing or faux marbling, are used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques. An example of faux painting a wood design is graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for “fake wood”) and is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties. Trompe l’oeil, “trick the eye” in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details. Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations. Color wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush. Strie, from the French word meaning “stripe” or “streak”, is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim. Rag painting or ragging is a glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
Catalyzed Finishes (lacquers, varnishes & urethanes):
Quick cure times and strong chemical resistance are the trademarks of these coatings. What they lack in in clarity, they make up for in durability. This is why they are the most often specified for commercial applications. Catalyzed Finishes are more difficult to touch-up and repair.
Polyester: Tricky to apply but easy to sand and polish. It’s durability is unmatched. We have mastered this coating and we have several methods for a successful repair. Polyesters are widely used as a finish on high-quality fine wood products such as guitars, pianos and vehicle / yacht interiors. Burns Guitars, Rolls Royce, and Sunseeker are a few companies that use polyesters to finish their products. Thixotropic properties of spray-applicable polyesters make them ideal for use on open-grain timbers, as they can quickly fill wood grain with a high-build film thickness per coat. Cured polyesters can be sanded and polished to a high-gloss, durable finish.
Locally we are in Baltimore, Maryland, and often serve Northern Virginia (NOVA), and all surrounding areas of Washington DC.