Areas of service:Chattanooga, Cleveland, Dalton, Hixson, Ringgold, Rossville, Ooltewah and Soddy Daisy
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Dependable Finishing - Chattanooga, TN
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About Dependable Finishing
At Dependable Finishing, we realize that your cabinets, antiques and furniture are important to you. Some of your antiques may be treasures passed down from generation to generation. It is understandable that you wouldn't want just anyone handling such pieces.
Our finisher has over 35 years of experience in the refinishing and restoration trade. With this experience comes the knowledge of how carefully each piece should be treated.
We are able to do part replacement, small and extensive touch ups, chair glue ups, custom coloring, sanding, stripping, staining and paint.
We make sure, that before your piece is returned to you, that it is done to your satisfaction! We can even do doors and woodwork for your home.
Contact us today to see how we can bring your old or antique furniture back to life!
Questions and answers
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
We stand behind our work. If we refinish an antique or piece of furniture, we make sure that it's finished to last through every day normal wear and tear. We also offer a referral discount...where if a referral results in a job for us, we give you a discount on what YOU have had done.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
We average between 30-40 cabinet jobs per year.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
How many years of experience do you have in this type of work?
What type of repair work would be involved in restoring a piece or in a cabinet refinish?
Do you have examples or pictures of your work?
Are you able to quote a price and stick with it?
Is there any type of repair that you don't think can be handled, and if there were, would you inform me?
Will I be able to get my cabinets, furniture or antique, refinished or restored in a timely manner?
Can you do "emergency" or RUSH jobs?
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
Everyone thinks they can refinish a piece of furniture...and to be honest, it's a wonderful and money saving idea. However, DIY is fine for small pieces, such as a small table or a bookcase that just needs a new stain. Where you NEED a professional, is when things like...the dining room table that has burn spots from candles, or the veneer is messed up, furniture from a fire or flood, cabinets should always have a professional.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
How long will it take to refinish or repair my antique or furniture? ANSWER...That depends on the repair work involved, whether it's painted, what type of veneer work, if any, is needed,and whether you are wanting a "custom" color and finish. We definitely need to see it in order to tell you. This kind of information is VERY hard to give over the phone.
How much will this cost me? ANSWER....again, depending on the amount of work involved, but if we quote you a price, we do our dead level best to stick with the quote.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
We get quite a bit of chair glue ups and touch up jobs. A lot of antique trunks also come through the shop, along with dining room tables. Simple cabinet refreshes or having the cabinets painted seems to be a common request with those looking to stay within a limited budget.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
Our finisher has worked in the antique field for over 37 years, both in refinishing and repair, auctions, working for himself and others.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
We also do historical interior wood restoration, ie, doors, trim, stair rails, stairs etc. If it's wood, we can fix it!
- How did you get started?
Gary began refinishing furniture and antiques with his uncle at the age of 10. Over the years, he has worked with different major refinishing companies, until deciding to open his own shop with friend and co worker Randy Duke.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
If you're looking to have your cabinets done, it is always nice to have the number of doors and drawers that will need refinished, when you call. It helps to make a more accurate "guesstimate" than just saying you have a lot or a little set of cabinets. It's also helpful to know what type of finish is on the wood, and what type of wood the cabinets are made of.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
Cabinet refinishing, refacing and refreshes, antique and furniture repair and restorations, wood trim, doors and anything that's wood!
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
If you're trying to save a little money, yet still increase the value of your home, your kitchen is always the best place to start. There are several options available when looking to remodel your cabinetry.
1. Cabinet refacing--A process in which the cabinet doors, drawers and hardware are removed and a thin veneer of wood applied to the remaining cabinet faces. This is the most expensive and usually only used with an extensive remodel and high end cabinetry.
2. Refinishing existing cabinets--Having your cabinets professionally refinished is the most inexpensive way of giving your cabinets a whole new and exciting look. This process involves either painting or staining the cabinets and can last many years, more than likely longer than the finish you currently have. With this option you can choose a custom color for your cabinets and get the exact look you're looking for. Small to medium kitchens generally take approximately three days, with a larger kitchen taking three to six days. Having other woodwork stained or painted to match the kitchen or bathroom cabinetry is a great way to give the whole house a new and updated look.
3. Cabinet refresh--This is a very simple and very inexpensive way of updating your cabinets. A refresh simply involves a lightening or a darkening of your existing cabinetry colors. Think of it as "spicing up" the color you have now. It can also involve replacing the drawer pulls and knobs.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
One of the more difficult jobs we've done in the last 12 months has been a bathroom cabinet that needed multiple repairs and veneer work done. We stuck with our price, even though it became a much more expensive job than originally thought.