Furniture Restoration Services

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Walter E. Smithe, your trusted resource for unique furniture and interior design consultation in Chicago, can offer you more than just a great selection of custom-made furniture including bedroom furniture sets, children’s furniture, and living room furniture. With 11 locations throughout the Chicago area, including furniture stores in Geneva, Naperville, and Schaumburg, Walter E. Smithe is also proud of the reupholostery and refinishing services we are able to provide our Chicagoland furniture customers. At the reupholstery and refinishing workshops we operate in Itasca, IL, our experienced craftspeople restore old furniture to like-new condition. At Walter E. Smithe, you can expect top-notch workmanship – completed in 14 days or less.


Walter E. Smithe is also happy to provide pick-up and redelivery services, and loaner furniture is available for customers who need it. Feel free to stop by one of our custom home furniture showrooms to learn more, or click on the link below to request more info or submit a photo for a quote. The team at Walter E. Smithe appreciates your interest in our reupholstering and refinishing services!


For more information, call 1-800-WITH-AN-E or email the Walter E. Smithe team. Please be sure to tell us your city of residence or store location that's most convenient for you!


VARIATIONS FROM ORIGINAL. New foam and fabrics may make many items feel firmer to the touch or seat. Cushions will be taller and plumper. Certain dimensions will be different from the original. Refinished wood stain and finish may vary from the original. Such variations are normal and cannot be modified.


HIDDEN DETERIORATION OR DAMAGE is sometimes found upon removing the original fabric and foam. In such cases, we may be able to repair it. We will contact you to explain and offer to repair at time and material rates if possible. If not repairable, the piece will be returned to you and you will be responsible only for the $99.99 pick up and redelivery fee.

LOSS OR DAMAGE. In the unlikely event your furniture is lost or damaged, a replacement of comparable value will be provided. Our liability is limited to the total cost of the reupholstery labor and fabric for the item.


ADDITIONAL TIME & MATERIAL. Some jobs require additional labor or material. Client is responsible to pay only the difference in dealer cost in such cases.


CUSHIONS are medium firm. No other cushion firmness is available. Re using original cushion inserts is not recommended unless they are unique or in very good condition.


THE OVERALL LOOK OF THE ORIGINAL will be replicated. However, some details may vary from the original due to different fabrics, unavailability of parts, or upholstery techniques. An exact replica of the original is not guaranteed.

Refinishing Process

This fine vintage collectible by Brandt had really seen a lot of action! It was sun damaged, deeply gouged and dented, rickety and just plain old looking. We reckon it had served over 10,000 dinners. Collectors without an eye for the terrific detail and scale of this piece may have thrown this great old table out. But our client NANCY BLAKELY really loved this piece and understood that a professional restoration would bring back the beauty and function of this piece for several more generations. Mrs. BLAKELY trusted it to the Walter E. Smithe Restoration and Refinishing department…and family members are already bickering about who is going to get the table!

Our talented craftsmen carefully stripped the old finish and stain. Then they repaired the damage and reinforced the frame so it stood strong again. They painstakingly applied multiple coats of quality stain to bring back the original beauty of the wood grains. Finally, multiple fine coats of high quality catalyzed lacquer were applied for a deep and durable shine that will last another 10,000 dinners! We are very pleased to work on antique furniture like this and welcome new projects.

Walter E. Smithe, Chicago's Furniture Store, your Restoration and Refinishing Department!