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Jorge Garcia Furniture Restoration

Furniture Restoration
Pasadena

By Suzanne O'Connor

For the last three years, we have been restoring & repairing our collection of antique furniture. Most of it was inherited. Much of it came from different eras, Federal, Craftsman, Victorian. All of it needed to either be restored or trashed. We choose to restore.

Good refinishing and or restoration can be expensive. Often it can be as much as a purchasing brand new low to mid quality furniture. But trust me when I tell you that you won’t find the same level of quality or craftsmanship today without paying seriously high top dollar. Plus hanging on to older, better crafted pieces is a much better bargain long term. Better to reuse, restore or repurpose than chucking it into the land fill.

We started our search for a restorer by attending antique shows and looking for key Craftsman, Federal and Sheraton type furniture pieces that had been restored and then asked the dealers who did it. We called a couple of guys, but one totally understood our concept of restoration and only refinishing pieces when necessary. Jorge Garcia works out of a small warehouse in Pasadena and specializes in antique polishing, restoration, refinishing as well as caning, rushing and carving.

We’ve found Jorge is especially good at matching wood tones and repairs. We have used him to refinish, restore and repair just about everything. He put a bar top on our Sheraton dining table, repaired two broken side chairs, restored and strengthened 6 dining chairs. He restored a large Sheraton buffet and sideboard, stripped and refinished a 1920’s dresser, took off the old veneer on a 1800’s French side table and then refinished the top, repaired broken dresser legs and finally restored our cherished L & JG Stickley Rocker.

Jorge is not the cheapest or especially fast, but he does really terrific work, gives accurate and fair estimates and is easy to deal with.  Eventually when our kid moves out he’ll also get to restore the Veneer on my moms Victorian bed set that my daughter has. We always talk to him at length about what each piece needs done before work is done to insure he understands what we want and are hoping to achieve.

If you are thinking about keeping good older wood furniture pieces, have Jorge come by and give you a quote.  He’ll get the job done right and you’ll have a furniture piece that will last a lifetime. Hint, if possible, you’ll save money by taking in or picking up your own stuff. Jorge does charge for pick up and delivery.

Jorge Garcia
3202 E. Foothill Blvd., #20
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 644-6356

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