Walser Furniture Refinishing and Antique Restoration provides many services to suit your requirements. While most work needs to be done at our workshop in Mississauga, we do schedule minor, in home repairs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Estimates can also be completed at your home or business. Just call us to arrange a time.

Estimates
We have many years of experience providing estimates to private and corporate clients; We have also assessed numerous insurance claims. When we meet with you, we will determine the age and quality of the antique, then discuss what work is needed. We will recommend a type of finish to suit the style, then give you a detailed written report.

Occasionally I suggest that a piece should not be restored, if resale value is a concern, but some clients still choose to proceed for sentimental reasons.

Repair and Restoration
We offer an extensive list of repairs to ensure a consistent, high quality restoration. Whether your furniture is 30 or 300 years old, we are comfortable repairing and refinishing it. Sometimes parts are missing or damaged beyond repair and we have to make new ones. Our skilled team makes every effort to reproduce them as close to the original as possible.

Refinishing
Stripping is all done by hand. We do not 'dip and strip' or rinse off with water, as these methods can cause damage to the wood. We brush the chemicals on and remove them with a scraper. We remove any residue using a solvent rinse. It is time consuming, but safe and effective. It won’t loosen joints or raise the grain of the wood. It is noteworthy that the stripping process accounts for almost 40% of the cost of the restoration.

The Restoration Process
I have several very talented men who work with me, says Len Walser. They enjoy their work and strive to make each piece look great. If we do the best we can at each step in the process, the job will come out perfectly.Toronto Star, August 29th 2009.

Up to 20 steps are needed for a complete restoration. The work starts by gluing any loose joints or veneers. Next we fit and adjust all doors and drawers to ensure they open and close smoothly. We then remove the hardware, glass and cabinet tops, if possible, because lacquering the underside, will give the top finish a longer life. Everything is accurately marked so that after refinishing, it can be put together exactly as before, using the same screws or nails. Finally, any new parts are carefully made and installed to ensure a perfect match.

The Toronto Star had this to say, Recently, he completed restoring a Ribbon Mahogany Grand Piano built between 1905 and 1908. He took it completely apart, piece by piece. We replaced the veneer on the top edge. It took 47 clamps just to do that one piece, said Walser.



The item now goes to the stripping area, where it is carefully hand stripped. A light sanding removes any imperfections before staining begins. When that is done, we meet with the client to decide what colour of stain and the ‘sheen’ of lacquer they would like us to use. Once the stain has been applied, the finishing can begin.

Our lacquers are sprayed on, then lightly sanded between coats. We can even do shading to match colour variations in the original wood. I want it to look perfect, Walser insists. The Ribbon Mahogany piano had eight coats of lacquer and it was stunning. Toronto Star, August 29th 2009.

After the lacquers have dried, the final assembly can begin. The original hardware, which has now been cleaned and lacquered is reinstalled exactly as before. Not until everything passes a careful inspection does it leave our shop. A tag describing how to care for the finish and the date it was lacquered is included with each piece.

The average time it takes to restore an antique is three to four weeks. Some larger items can take much longer, as the Toronto Star mentions in their story. The piano was in our shop for ten weeks. It was a huge job, said Walser. We also love to hear the stories behind each piece as the Toronto Star continues, The lady remembers her mother going out and buying this piano while her father was away working for the weekend. She had it delivered before he came home. She’s played it all her life. Sentimental value is why I’m here.

You can see the fully restored piano in our Gallery.


Walser Furniture Refinishing and Antique Restoration takes pride in every piece we restore. Attention to detail is truly our passion. Our clients recognize this and much of our work comes from referral.

Should you have furniture in need of repair or refinishing, we'll be happy to show you what we can do. Come and visit us at our shop or contact us by phone or email if you prefer. Visit our Contacts page for details.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Walser Furniture Refinishing and Antique Restoration carries a Hazardous Waste Generator Permit from the Ministry of Environment. All of our used chemicals are shipped to the proper waste facility for disposal. The Ministry, after a rigorous inspection of our shop, has also granted us two Certificate of Air permits. This means that the air we exhaust from our shop is clean and odour free, thus ensuring a clean neighbourhood environment for local residents.