Our Furniture Refinishing Process

fill text hereOur furniture refinishing process is a slow delicate process which is all done by hand using years of wood refinishing experience. We'll deliver very pleasing results.

We begin by removing the old finish from the furniture. Each layer is gently remove until the old finish is all gone. Your furniture is then allowed to air dry, afterwards it is sanded, stained, finished and rubbed, all done by hand.

We offer several choices of top coats, which is the layer of finish protecting the stain and the wood itself. From old fashion shellac, varnish and wax, to modern top coats of your choice, all with different amounts of sheen to satisfy your individual taste and compliment your furniture. Your furniture is refinished in either matte, satin, semi-gloss, gloss, high-gloss or somewhere in between. If you’re not sure samples are made, with one visit to our workshop you pick the color and sheen to ensure your piece comes out just the way you like it.

We aim to please and ensure that your investment will last for years to come. Only the best of materials are kept in house to deliver optimum results worthy of bearing the Johnson’s name and reputation. A name you can trust because we take the time to do things right the first time. You’ll be amazed at the results. Free pick up and delivery.

We provide furniture refinishing to Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington DC areas.

Frequently Ask Questions

  • Will refinishing hurt the value of my item ?
    • It depends on several factors: Age, Origin, Maker, Provenance , Pedigree, Condition.
    • In very general and loose terms, if your item is just aged and old there probably is no value to be concerned about.
    • On the other hand, if you have a Fine Antique that has not been disturbed for the past Century, then you may have good reason to be concerned and the best thing is to Restore the old finish.
  • What is French Polish ?
    • It is basically Shellac.Thinned and applied by hand with a rag ball, rubbed to a High Gloss.
  • Is Lacquer always shiny and glossy ?
    • No. Lacquers are made in several different sheens: Gloss,Semi-Gloss,Satin and Matte or Dull.
  • What’s the difference between Restoring the finish and Refinishing ?
    • When you ask for refinishing: the item is stripped down to bare wood.
    • When you ask for the finish to be Restored, the old finish is not removed.
  • What causes White spots on my Dining Table and how can I remove them ?
    • White spots on the finish are commonly caused by placing either a cold or hot item on a top.
    • If the damage is on the outermost layer of finish, it can be rubbed out, if it’s under the top coat, the best solution may be to strip and refinish.
    • Rubbing Compound will remove some of the finish along with the white cloudy spot, the whole top has to be rubbed.
  • Can Veneered furniture be refinished ?
    • Yes, only the old finish is removed, and then the piece should be sanded by hand.
  • What kind of damage is produced by Dipping furniture to remove old finishes ?
    • Discoloration, Glue Joints fail, Veneers lift and bubble, Warpage, ,Cracking, Moisture loss , Corrosion and more. It should be avoided.
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Harry C. Johnson & Son Inc.
431 East Diamond Avenue
Suite G
Gaithersburg, MD 20877



Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30pm

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Sundays: closed

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