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Mahogany Victrola (Fire & Water Damaged Restoration)
Antique Fire Box
A customer brought this in before Thanksgiving, wanting it refinished for his father. He wasn’t quite sure the history behind the piece or what exactly we could do with it and even stated himself he didn’t have high expectations. After looking at it and doing some research, we learned that this particular piece was used back in the early 1900’s era as a call box for the fire department. If a fire was to start, the person would break the glass and pull the lever sending a signal to the nearby fire station. We first had this piece sand blasted to get all the existing paint off. We then cleaned it off and smoothed it all down. Afterwards we powder coated the entire thing in a nice fire engine red. Quickly after beginning work on this project, we began to notice that there was going to be no real way to display such a unique piece. We threw together ideas of mounting it on a pole for it to stand, but then realized it would be too top heavy and could potentially hurt someone. After giving it some thought, David came up with a great solution. Making a small mount out of pipe then mounting it to a solid mahogany board. We made sure we leveled the fire box so it would be stable enough to be displayed on a desk, end table, etc. The customer was more than pleased to see this once rusted fire box restored to a beautiful display piece.
Painted Caned Rocker
When this rocker was brought into us, it had seen better days. The paint was chipping off everywhere; Cobwebs seemed to have taken over the entire bottom of the chair. The customer said the chair had been sitting in an old shed behind her house. She saw the potential this chair had, and boy did it ever! After completely soaking it mulitiple times in our custom dip tank, we finally had all the paint stripped off the rocker and it was time for the transformation to begin. Once we repaired the broken rocker, we sent the poor chair to our sanding room where our wonderful guys in the back sanded it down and gave it a smooth, even surface. Next, it was off to the staining room where it was stained and given two coats of sealer. Finally, it was off to the caners to have a new seat bottom recaned. After all this, the chair was brought from an old, dusty chair meant for a trash pile into a chair that will surely be the topic of many conversations. We are glad to recreate this chair and restore it back to its former glory. It still has many nights rocking away on a front porch, and we were pleased to give it a boost!
What we did:
- Soaked Rocker in our dip tank and stripped all paint.
- Repaired broken rocker.
- Sanded down surfaces until even and smooth.
- Stained Recaned seat bottom back to original caning.
This unique conversation piece had quite a rough start. After being launched during an argument from a second story window, it was brought into us by it’s owner for possible repair. The customer knew that it was probably not salvagable, but wanted us to give it a try. After countless hours of putting tiny pieces back together, our incredibly crafty guys in the back started regluing together this one of a kind chair. After fitting what pieces we had, we made new ones that were missing, then fiberglassed the inside of it to ensure stability and strength. After getting the horns taken care of, we sent the seat bottom to be reupholstered in a unique and eligant cowhide. What was once a puzzle of a hundred pieces has become what it was meant to be in the first place: an unique, conversational chair with tons of character!
What we did:
- Collected all pieces.
- Glued pieces back together.
- Fiberglassed the inside to insure stability.
- Repaired seat bottom.
- Reupholstered seat bottom with a nice cowhide.
- Polished brass buttons.
Oak Side by Side (Fire & Water Damaged Restoration)
Antique Wooden Porch Rocker
About six or eight weeks ago, a customer came in with his wife’s family porch rocker. He said that their anniversary was coming up in a few weeks and she has had this rocker laying around for quite some time. He wanted to get it fixed up nicely for her for their anniversary. He went on to tell me the sentimental value of this piece. It had been in her family for years and years. It belonged originally to her great grandfather. He said she tells him stories all the time of remembering rocking in that chair on her grandparents front porch on hot summer days. She remembers her grandmother rocking her younger siblings in that rocker on that same porch. He said she really did love this rocker and just wanted it to look a little better. He mentioned neither one of them were expecting a miracle to happen, but just wanted it decent enough to be put out on their front porch. Of course here at Pender’s, we love a challenge. We took this old, beaten up rocker that had seen its fair share of bad weather and restored this beautiful piece to its former glory. The customer when picking it up almost had tears in his eyes. He said his wife was going to be thrilled!!
What we did:
- We re-caned the back and bottom.
- Took the entire rocker apart and stripped the finish off.
- Made all nessecary repairs.
- Sanded down the entire piece.
- Stained to a color of his choice.
Baby Grand Piano
A customer out in Charlotte, NC had a massive house fire and the majority of their antiques were badly damaged, including this incredible baby grand piano. Her insurance company recommended our company to them and after David going out and meeting with the customer, they decided to move forward with our company. After having our piano movers move the piano safely from Charlotte, NC to our shop here in Raleigh, we began the tideous process of getting this work of art back to its original beauty. We first hand stripped the entire piece. After stripping the existing finish off, we then sanded the entire piano down. After fixing all imperfections that were caused by the fire damage, we then stained this beautiful piano in a nice walnut finish. We then sent the piano over to a piano shop and had them rework the entire inner workings of the piano. Now not only does the piano look absolutely stunning, it sounds amazing too!
Antique Steamer Trunk
A customer brought in an old, run down steamer trunk that a friend had given to him years before. He said it sat first in his attic, until it was moved to the garage to further collect dust. After learning about our business and stopping by the shop to check us out, he brought it in to be refinished. This trunk was missing handles and straps. It was barely staying together in one piece. But within a few short weeks, Pender’s had this once forgotten jewel brought back to life. It now makes a statement and will be a conversation piece for years to come!