Do you have to Charge Sales Tax on Labor?
We do have to collect sales tax on all of our charges. MS sales tax is 7% and TN is 9.75%.
Payments and Payment Options
We take checks and cash only. We require a 50% deposit at the time of pickup and the balance upon delivery. We do not take Credit Cards unless you would like to pay the CC charges of 2.7%-4.5% depending on the type of CC you want to use. We just cannot afford these charges from our small profit margins. If you do want to pay these CC charges we have to know in advance.
Shopping for a Craftsman: Comparing Apples to Apples
Please keep in mind that there is more than just a price involved when shopping for a craftsman to restore your furniture. There are questions that one should be asking such as…What am I going to get for my money and how long will the finish last? Plus everyone's craftsmanship is different in many ways. i.e. Products/finishes used, it's durability, the craftsman skill/ability, different types of staining technique (dyes vs pigments), grain filling, flow-out of the finish etc. Price is only one aspect of the whole debate as to which company should do your refinishing. How long will our finishes last verses someone else's finish? I would be more than glad to compare our restoration/refinishing with anyone else's work in the Memphis area as long as we are comparing apples to apples.
Is My Furniture Worth Restoring?
Most people want to know if their furniture is worth refinishing. The answer to the question has 2 parts.
First, is it a family heirloom? If this is the case, then this is really all that truly matters. You are trying to preserve memories, feelings and/or a history that belongs to your family. You are not just trying to get new furniture. If it is a family heirloom 75% of my clients spend more than the market value of the furniture to restore it. Sometime the cost will be double or triple of the market value.
Can you replace the furniture with other store bought furniture of "Like, Kind and Quality"?
There are several ways to look at this: The most important thing to know is that most all furniture that is now bought in the USA is imported from overseas and it is basically "JUNK or Disposable"! As a general rule most furniture that is 20 years or older is made of a much higher quality than the furniture that is now made overseas. It does not matter how much one may pay for it or the store where it was purchased. When deciding the quality of your furniture search for wooden drawer runners and solid drawer sides with dovetail joinery. The fact that your furniture has veneer will have no bearing on value or quality of the furniture.
Furniture Finishing Options
Restoration and Refinishing can be much more than just stripping, staining and applying a coat of finish. There are options with refinishing that are available. There are extra steps and processes that make a piece of furniture more practical or more beautiful. Examples of this are; Filling the grain, glazing, high-lighting, faux finishing, rub-through finishing and rubbing out the finish by hand or by machine. These extras are much like options that one would buy when purchasing a car. These options can raise the cost of the work by 10%-35%. The "Rubbing Out" of the sheen is by far the most expensive options. This is where the table is finished but the sheen it rubbed into the top after the table is complete. This requires several hours but makes the table appear much more formal.
Open Grain Woods
Open grain woods like mahogany and walnut are more expensive to refinish than closed grain woods such as cherry and maple. The open grain woods have to be filled with paste pour filler requiring at least 20%-25% more time. This causes the beautiful grain to "Pop" or stand out and allows the finish to bridge over the pour surface in order to provide water protection.
We offer a type of refinishing to simplify the refinishing process called "Afford Refinishing". The process is this: We will strip the furniture, scuff-sand, rub or spray one color of stain on the piece, spray one coat of vinyl sealer, sand the sealer coat and spray one coat of finish. When we are complete with the process you accept the results with no objections. You get a good finish at a more affordable price. We have samples of the stains we offer in the shop though there is no guaranty that your furniture will look exactly the same color as the stain that you chose. Please request this if you want this type of refinishing.
Many Repairs are not covered in the cost of Refinishing!
There are repairs that I cannot see in an email such as re gluing a chair, broken joints or cracks and dents in the wood. Some cosmetic repairs are done easily in the process of refinishing but structural repairs are totally a separate matter. Please do not assume that when a refinishing estimate is given, that this also automatically includes all repairs.
How well do you want the restoration done?
When restoration is done on a piece of furniture there are 2 parts to most repairs; Structural and cosmetic. The first part of the repair is structural. We have to do structural repairs correctly but there are several different ways to do them. Some ways are more "Professionally" done than others. The second part of the repair is cosmetic in nature, or "hiding" the repair that was done. This part of the repair can be done as well as a customer is willing to pay for. Normally, the closer we get to a perfect or invisible repair, meaning to totally hide the structural repair, the more you will pay. We can use only a touch up marker to put back some of the color and we will not charge anything but if we fill, smooth and touch-up the spot it can cost as much as the structural repair of more.
What factors can affect the cost of refinishing?
First, what species of wood are we refinishing? Open grain/closed grain, turnings, carvings, flutes and beads can all affect the cost. How hard is it to strip? Does it have to be hand stripped or can we use our flow-over tank or dipping vat. How much sanding is needed? All these can affect the cost.