Where to Get Antique and Vintage Furniture Refinished, Repaired, Rewired and Reinvented in Calgary

These local companies can bring new life to old furniture and architectural elements.



 

Even if you live in a new build, you can add elements of salvage-chic by having antique or vintage furniture pieces re-upholstered or refinished. “A high-gloss painted finish on an antique cabinet breathes new life into a tired piece of furniture,” says Martine Ast of Paul Lavoie Interior Design. “If you’ve inherited an heirloom that you cannot bear to discard, a stunning refinish and new hardware will bring exciting new life to a cherished hand-me-down.” If you’re not D.I.Y.-inclined here are some local companies that reupholster, refinish, rewire or otherwise reinvent furnishings and architectural elements. 

 

Repair

photograph courtesy of athlone restoration

Before and after images from a project by Athlone Restorations.

 

photograph courtesy of athlone restoration

Before and after images from a project by Athlone Restorations.

Athlone Restorations

Owner Ken Farley studied antique furniture restoration in Germany and has since brought his expertise repairing and restoring 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century antiques to Canada. 

3931 Brooklyn Cres. N.W., 403-282-9166, athlonerestorations.com

 

Furniture Medic

Working on-site whenever possible, Furniture Medic offers a range of services, from leather restoration to repairing flood- and fire-damaged furniture. 

403-238-8741, furnituremedic-calgary.ca

 

Claw-foot tub re-glazing

Blackstone Refinishing

This bathtub and tile refinisher serves Calgary from just south of the city and will refinish your claw-foot tub in the colour of your choice. 

1, 113 Orchard Way, Strathmore, 403-630-6534, blackstonetubrefinishers.ca

 

Incredtuble Refinishing

Offering free estimates for claw-foot tub restoration and re-glazing, Incredtuble serves Calgary and surrounding communities as far as Banff. 

16 Lake Huron Pl. S.E., 403‑590‑6955, incredtublerefinishing.ca

 

photograph courtesy of banbury lane design centre

Banbury Lane Design Centre.

 

New Hardware

Banbury Lane Design Centre

Updating hardware on furniture and cabinets is an easy way to add new life to old pieces. Banbury Lane has been selling high-end home accessories and hardware since 1986. Many of their lines are custom made or have a heritage feel.

1301 10 Ave. S.W., 403-244-0038, banburylane.com

 

Powder Coating

Rockyford Distributors

Powder coating offers better protection than regular paint. Rockyford uses high-pressure steam in its system, eliminating the need for harsh detergents. Items are sprayed and then cured in their 24-foot oven. 

251223 Sunshine Rd. N.E., 403.219.8569, rockyforddist.com

 

Refinishing

Davidson’s Furniture Restorations

Priding itself on wooden furniture restoration, Davidson’s is the place to bring antique tables, chairs and chests that have lost their lustre. 

131, 519 34 Ave. S.E., 403-243-8300, davidsonsfurniture.ca

 

Finishing Traditions

Run by third-generation furniture refinisher John King, this shop has extensive experience in a trade where that still counts for a lot.

4536 14 St. N.E., 403-250-3246, finishingtraditions.com

 

Reupholstering

Rowland Custom Furniture & Upholstery

In the Calgary upholstering game for more than 100 years, Rowland reupholsters both home and patio furniture and offers pick-up and delivery. 

5005 Macleod Trail S.W., 403-243-6996, rowlandupholstery.com

 

Simmering Upholstery

Started in the 1930s by John Simmering and now run by son Bob and grandson Jim, Simmering specializes in cleaning and restoring delicate fabrics and custom upholstery.  

1902 10 Ave. S.W., 403-244-4656, simmeringupholstery.ca

 

Timeless Upholstery

This firm specializes in antique furniture restoration and custom designs and serves both residential and commercial clients. 

Bay 8 1235 64 Ave. S.E., 403-291-4848, timelessupholstery.com

 

photograph courtesy of Timeless Upholstery

Timeless Upholstery.

 

Rewiring

Lighting Renewal

This shop operated by Glazier Electric has loads of replacement lighting parts and also repairs a wide range of fixtures from table lamps to chandeliers. 

7134 Fisher St. S.E., 403-283-4111, lightingrenewal.com

This article appears in the February 2018 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.

 


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