We're professional woodworkers. Take a look below to see more about what it is that we do, and even what we mean by 'refinish' or 'restore'.
We will assess your piece(s). We can start from the photographs that you upload, or we will come to you and take a look. We will consult with you about what you want done. For instance, does it need to match existing pieces, or is this just a great find you made and you want it to look like new! As we work together, we'll sort out what finishes you prefer, what repairs are needed, what fittings and ancillary stuff. Once we are agreed about what to do, we will take away the piece and bring it to one of our shops.
Once we have done our magic, we will return it to you, at least as good as new, if not even better!
At age 15, Jim Caione started his career in wood restoration, working part-time and summers in a small German owned company, located in Yonkers New York. After finishing high school, Jim joined the company on a full-time basis and continued honing his craft for six years. He started repairing furniture in customers's homes at night and on weekends to earn extra money. These side jobs quickly grew into a thriving business and Jim decided to open his own company, restoring furniture as well as touching up and repairing furniture in client's homes and offices.
In 1986, Jim moved to a bigger shop just outside of New York City. With just one helper, Jim continued to build his clientele. In 1988, Jim moved once again to Ossining New York, located in Westchester Country, a suburb of New York City.
Now working with two helpers, Jim continued to grow his company, The Westchester Furniture Repair Company. In 2002, the operation expanded to a new shop and showroom called Hudson Valley Furniture Service, which is centrally located in southern Dutchess County to better serve our customers, while still maintaining an office in Westchester County to serve his clientele.
Jim actively participates in all the work and prides himself on the personal attention that he gives every piece of furniture. His wife Carol and daughters Kimberly and Krista and his son Steven all have participated in the business.
Locally owned and operated, we pride ourselves on the service, value, and choices that we offer.
For us, refinishing means we repair the finish on an object, or we reapply a new finish to a piece. This means we may apply paint or wood finish, lacquer or varnish. Generally, we are trying to either improve a piece, or completely restore and renew the finish on a piece. Our specialty is working in wood, but we do have experience working with other materials like glass, plastic, and metal.
We work with a wide variety of both traditional and modern finishes. We even use faux finishes! It all comes down to the needs of the piece and the desires of the client.
One new variant on restoration is distressing a piece. This is where we take a modern piece and actually make it look like it is an antique!
Restoration, on the other hand, can be as simple as an appropriate cleaning to remove disfiguring dirt or grime or it may include near complete rebuilding or replacement. The main goal of restoration is to "restore" the original appearance or functionality of a piece.
We think that Restoring an item properly is an art-form. For instance, if you strip off a finish, you need to retain the 'patination', this is the maturation of the old finish that makes the piece an heirloom. Stripping is only done as a last resort, especially with antique furniture.
The restoration of valuable objects should always be left to professionals. We're sensitive to all of the issues, ensuring that a piece retains or increases its value after restoration. Plus, whether it is restoration or refinishing, there are a wide selection of chemicals that you will probably be happier letting us handle! Unless you have a spray booth, trust us, it gets messy.