Can’t bear to let go of that beloved armchair passed through the generations but not keen on its dated colour? Here’s where to go to have it refinished and updated.

Old pieces of family furniture are repositories of our past and pieces of our heritage that we need to preserve. But sometimes it’s a challenge to get them to blend with the rest of our modern living spaces. So, the next best thing is to have them reupholstered or refinished, and in some cases, restored to its once pristine condition. Here’s where you can go to breathe new life into your treasured heirloom pieces.

Barossa Furnishing
#09 02 Harvest At Woodlands | 9664-8451 |

Founded by veteran furniture restorer, David Ditcham, Barossa Furnishing is a family business offering repair, restoration and refurbishment services for antique and modern furniture. The spectrum of work includes sanding down, varnishing and polishing wood, removing unwanted material such as formica laminates, and putting back broken pieces together. Although Ditcham does get several high-profile restoration jobs for big name brands like Raffles Hotel Singapore, a good portion of the business is dedicated to repairing chairs and Chinese wood antiques from the 50s and 60s.

Furniture Reborn
Blk 9010 #04-115 Tampines Street 93 | 9698-0360 |

This three-generation family business has amassed nearly 40 years of furniture restoration specialising in antique furniture repairs. Besides restoration, these “furniture doctors” also offer refurbishment services and furniture refinishing. This is perfect for those who wish to retain the structure of their heirloom pieces but merely wish to update the varnish of the wood to a more modern shade, or want the finish to be matte, semi-gloss or high-gloss. They are also experienced in refurbishing glass, rattan, metal, laminated and even upholstered furniture.

Singapore Carpenters
#06-16 Bizlink Centre | 8758-3098 |

Known for their custom carpentry work for both residential and commercial projects, Singapore Carpenters are skilled at large-scale furniture restoration and repair. The company has a network of skilled artisans who are experienced with refurbishing old antique furniture from wooden chairs, tables and cupboards to fabric sofas. Before they can commence work, they prefer to personally come down to closely examine your furniture to assess its condition and advise on the necessary upgrades or repair, which will follow with quotation.

Table Guy
315 Outram Road #06-04 | 8499-8989 |

Just as the name describes it, Table Guy is a place for modern, good quality stock or custom-made tables and bespoke furniture, with a specialty in minimally finished solid wood. More interestingly, all the wood here is finished in VOC-free, non-toxic hardwax oil, which enables you to perform easy DIY maintenance and repair, thereby making it more practical for long term use. The Table Guy champions thoughtful consumption, and that includes repurposing, refurbishing or updating your heirloom items for present-day use. That means anything from sanding the old finish off and re-applying a new finishing, or updating an old design by replacing certain parts with new elements.

Tommi Restoration
8222-5233 |

Whether it’s time to refresh the old and worn paint on the exterior of your furniture, repair and refurbish or any customisation you have in mind, Tommi Chan the “King of Restoration” is fully dedicated to your needs. Be it furniture restoration, sofa reupholstery or replacement of marble table tops, Chan’s superior workmanship and years of experience will give your heirloom furniture a new lease of life. Very often, most restorations are conducted on-site at your home so you can witness the transformation of your treasured pieces with your own eyes.

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