Is the leather on your favorite chair cracked? Can't get a stubborn stain out of a carpet? Have you accidentally scratched your antique dining table?
Washington is a great place to get prized possessions repaired. The area's museums, historic homes, and government buildings keep a cadre of fix-it pros in business.
"It's a mecca," says Christine Smith, owner of Conservation of Art on Paper in Alexandria. Smith says this is a "conservation-friendly" place because well-educated Washingtonians value works of art and historicobjects.
Restorers and conservators can work magic, bringing back to life possessions that seemed lost causes.
"We've had holes as large as 18 inches across that we have put back together," says Nancy Preston, owner of Vienna Quilt Shop. One new bride called shortly before her mother-in-law's impending visit. The couple's puppy had chewed up the quilt the mother had made as a wedding present. Preston repaired it in time.
Ceramics experts can reassemble shattered porcelain so well that you won't see any lines in it. Textile conservators can make your grandmother's stained linens look good on your table again. Chandelier pros can help antique pieces sparkle and shed new light.
Some firms do work that can save you money, like getting the stain out of a sofa. Other repairs--like conserving a vintage photograph or your aunt's amateur oil painting--might cost more than the actual object but make sense for sentimental reasons.
Conservators, a highly trained class of repair experts, specialize in objects with historic or artistic value. Their work can be very technical, requiring microscopes, for example, to examine particles of paint. They are bound by a code of ethics that requires treatments appropriate to the work, whether remaining true to the artist's original intention or preserving a piece's historic condition rather than making it look new.
For more information about conservation, contact the Washington Conservation Guild (palimpsest.stanford.edu/wcg) or the American Institute of Conservation (aic.stanford.edu). Both have information, advice, and other resources on their Web sites.
The repair firms listed here have good reputations. Many were recommended by museum curators, interior designers, architects, antique shops, and specialty stores.
Still, you should ask questions before hiring anyone. For valuable objects, request a copy of the conservator's résumé and documentation of the work he or she plans. Talk to previous customers about the quality of the work.
Unless located in stores, most of these professionals meet with customers by appointment only.
Antique Restorations, 17 North Alley, New Market, Md.; 301-865-3009. Conservation guru Bruce Schuettinger owns this company, which preserves wood furniture and artifacts from the 17th through 20th centuries.
Aylers Restoration Shop, 4234 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-897-9324. This company restores antique furniture of all types but specializes in European pieces, particularly French.
Capital Antiques, 5122 MacArthur Blvd., NW; 202-966-4887. Restoration of antique furniture and art objects, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
F.C. Vogt Company, 1831 W. Broad St., Richmond; 804-358-1651. Eighteenth-century expert Rick Vogt and his staff have conserved furniture belonging to past presidents, including Madison and Monroe. Pickup and delivery available.
Georgetown Refinishing, 1819 14th St., NW; 202-333-3311. Dominique Huret and his staff work on a wide range of furniture, from Victorian to modern styles.
Heritage Restoration, 4233-F Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4458. Stephen Rice apprenticed with a master restorer in Paris. He conserves fine antique finishes and does structural repairs.
Nick Greer Antique Conservator, 37627 Allder School Rd., Purcellville; 540-338-6607. Specializes in museum-quality 18th-century furniture but does work on some earlier and later pieces. The National Gallery of Art and Dumbarton Oaks are clients. Greer comes to Washington on Fridays for pickups and deliveries.
Peter Gutterman Antique Restorations, Damascus; 301-253-4407. Gutterman and Frank McIntyre conserve wooden antiques and restore historic finishes.
For more recommendations, see the listings under "Wood Furniture" and "Gilding."
Albro Conservation, Arlington; 703-892-6738. Thomas Albro is the retired head of book conservation at the Library of Congress. He restores rare books and offers classes in bookbinding.
Cleveland Conservation of Art on Paper, Beltsville; 301-210-3731; conservationofpaper.com. Rachel-Ray Cleveland restores fine art on paper and archival documents. She's worked for the White House, the National Portrait Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, and many private collectors.
Conservation of Art on Paper, 2805 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-836-7757. Christine Smith conserves drawings, watercolor paintings, historic documents, rare posters, and other paper artifacts. No photographs or books. Also offers vault storage.
Dobson Studios, Arlington; 703-243-7363. Dennis Dobson and Omer Ayar specialize in paper but also conserve oil paintings and photographs.
Nishio Conservation Studio, 2428 17th St., NW; 202-234-0550. Conservation of fine paintings, often for major American and European museums.
The Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st St., NW; 202-965-1818; oldprintgallery.com. This shop not only sells prints and maps but conserves maps, prints, drawings, watercolors, and other documents on loose paper.
Angela Scott, 414 Seventh St., SE; 202-547-7945. Specializes in conservation of rare books as well as rebinding. She's been refurbishing books since 1975 and has done work for the Smithsonian and National Galleryof Art.
Judith Tartt, Dupont Circle; 202-588-0271; art-care.com. Tartt is the painting conservator at the Kreeger Museum and has done work at theUS House of Representatives.
Alexandra Tice, Chevy Chase; 301-986-1296. Tice has been conserving oil paintings for 27 years and specializes in 18th- through early 20th-century works. She has worked on all of the paint-ings at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
Sarah S. Wagner, Silver Spring; 301-587-5569. Highly recommended by conservatorsat the Library of Congress, Wagner is an expert in photograph conservation. She does work for institutions such as the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran as well as for individuals.
Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio, 4230 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4250;artconservation.com. Justine Wimsatt and her staff restore paintings, murals, and painted sculpture. A gilding conservator on staff can restore frames.
Chaudron Glass and Mirror, 1801 Lovegrove St., Baltimore; 410-685-1568. Re-silvers old mirrors or gives new mirrors an antique look to match old frames. Hand-beveling and stone-wheel engraving available. Also repairs crystal and glass, including stained glass.
E.S. Taylor Studio, Richmond; 804-230-0056. Scott Taylor conserves historic stained-glass windows, from replacing broken panels to complete re-leading. He's working on a window at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Glass and Crystal Restoration Center, 10 Overpund Ct., Potomac; 301-340-2624. Giovanni Nason was a glassmaker in Italy before coming to America. He can repair chipped glass and crystal and make shattered china look new. He also repairs mirrors, chandeliers, and ivory but does not work on stained glass.
Restorations, Baltimore; 410-319-8684. Recommended by pottery shops in Annapolis and Baltimore, Mary Landess repairs china, porcelain, pottery, and some glass.
Mildred Shepherd, Arlington; 703-671-1789. Shepherd has 30 years' experience in repairing porcelain, ivory, ceramics, and glass, including stained glass. Specializes in catastrophically damaged porcelain.
Virginia Stained Glass Co., 5248-A Port Royal Rd., Springfield; 703-425-4611; virginiastainedglass.com. Re-leads stained glass and replaces broken panels on windows, lamps, and other objects. Also offers classes in stained glass.
Sharon Zorella-Garrett, Baltimore; 410-225-2141. Repairs pottery, including antiques, plus stained glass and crystal for antique dealers and private collectors.
Abercrombie & Co. Silverplaters, 9159-A Brookville Rd., Silver Spring; 301-585-2385. This 75-year-old shop creates custom lamps--even out of teapots and cowboy boots--and restores and rewires lamps and chandeliers.
Annapolis Lighting, locations in Annapolis, Columbia, Falls Church, and Rockville; annapolislighting.com. This company does all lighting repairs except welding.
Artisans Lamps, 3331 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-244-8900. Repairs lamps, chandeliers, and light fixtures except for halogen. Restores antique lights and repairs stained-glass shades and silk shades. No on-site work or re-gilding.
Bethesda Art Metal Works, 4955 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1445. Young Kim specializes in decorative metal objects but also does chandelier repair and rewiring.
Chevy Chase Plating and Polishing, 12131 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-913-5727; chevychaseplating.com. This repair shop for fine metals also fixes lamps and light fixtures, including rewiring and conversion from European voltage.
Crenshaw Lighting, 592 Paradise La., Floyd, Va.; 540-745-3900; crenshawlighting.com. This custom lighting manufacturer is the one to call for historic and very-high-end chandeliers and fixtures. Clients send a photograph to determine whether the project is right for Crenshaw before the company sends someone from Floyd, near the North Carolina border.
David Toran Chandelier Services, Northwest DC; 202-328-9309; chandelierservices.com. Provides in-home maintenance, rewiring, and restoration of fine metal and crystal chandeliers. Also does packing and transportation. Toran has worked for the Mayflower Hotel and the Kennedy Center.
Gaylords Lamps and Shades, 4620 Leland St., Chevy Chase; 301-986-9680. In business since 1953, Gaylords not only builds new custom lamps but can repair, refinish, and rewire all types of lamps except halogens and chandeliers. Also relines and recovers shades.
These shops make house calls for large clocks.
Clock Shop of Vienna, 109 Church St., NW, Vienna; 703-938-3990. Restores the inner mechanisms of just about any kind of clock but does not work on cabinetry.
Ecker's Clock & Watch Shop, 8010 Norfolk Ave., North Bethesda; 301-652-0549; clockandwatchrepair.com. Offers the full gamut of clockrepair.
Kensington Clock and Watch Repair, 10426 Armory Ave., Kensington; 301-942-3794. In business since 1968, this shop can handle any clock, large or small. Some wood restoration.
Artistree Studios, 4903 Crowson Ave., Baltimore; 410-433-0554. Restores decorative paint, stenciling, gold leaf, and other ornamentation. It's done work for Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, churches, and the Department of Justice.
D.L. Boyd, 5905 Arbor St., Hyattsville; 301-773-6767. Specializes in plaster, including historic restorations and texturing. Also works on stucco and tile.
Lenore Winters Studio, 4911 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-6004. Paints murals and furniture. Also does original decorative and faux painting. Can disguise damage in wood, marble, and other materials.
Christopher's, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; christophersinc.net. This company specializes in treating textiles to protect them from stains and wear but also does on-site drapery cleaning and removal of spots.
Exclusive Draperies, 1740-A Flint Lee Rd., Chantilly; 703-968-9506. Cleans, repairs, remakes, and restyles drapes and upholstery.
Parkway Custom Dry Cleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377. This trusted dry cleaner will clean your drapes while they're hanging.
These companies fix wood and chain-link fences. Long Fence also works on wrought iron and other materials. For more recommendations, see the listings under "Iron."
Accokeek Fence Co., 5410 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-0660; acco-keekfence.com.
Potomac Fence, 12411 Washington Ave., Rockville; 301-468-1228.
Long Fence, locations in Capitol Heights, Ijamsville, Crofton, and Chantilly; 800-917-5664; longfence.com.
Brothers & Justice, 8453-R Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-883-0644; brothersandjusticefloors.com. Does major repairs on hardwood floors as well as sanding and finishing.
Classic Floor Designs, 2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860. Classic can repair a variety of flooring including carpet, wood, stone, and tile. It also refinishes wood floors and uses a dustless system for resanding.
Jimmy Brothers Floor Service, 703 Tapawingo Rd., SW, Vienna; 703-536-6600. In business since 1979, this company repairs and refinishes hardwood floors.
Master Care Flooring, 4000 Coolidge Ave., Arbutus, Md.; 800-541-6819; mastercarefloors.com. This 40-person firm repairs and refinishes wood floors. It recently restored a historic floor in the US Treasury.
M&M Floors, 9109 Euclid Ave., Manassas, 703-361-1416, and 1075 W. Broad St., Falls Church, 703-532-0225; mandmfloors.com. This family-owned company with more than 60 employees refinishes and repairs existing wood floors. It's worked for Sugar Ray Leonard and members of the Redskins.
Nash Floor Co., 5040 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville; 301-881-0004; nashfloors.com. These hardwood experts repair any kind of wood as well as laminate and linoleum. They've done floors at Mount Vernon and in Alan Greenspan's Federal Reserveoffice.
Universal Floors, 4625 41st St., NW; 202-537-8900; universalfloors.com. The Lynn family has been in business for more than 50 years. They restore old floors and fix new installations gone awry.
Gold Leaf Studios, 1523 22nd St. courtyard, NW; 202-833-2440; goldleafstudios.com. Bill Adair and his staff repair, restore, and create frames and other gilded objects. They've worked for the National Portrait Gallery and the State Department.
Parker's Gilding Studio, Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage; 301-490-8410. Historic restoration of gilded antique frames, furniture, and objets d'art.
William A. Lewin Conservator, 1637 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore; 410-675-2764. Experts in conserving gilded finishes, especially frames. This firm is working on the frames in the US Capitol rotunda but takes on humbler projects as well. It also restores gilded and lacquered furniture and does structural repairs.
Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio, 4230 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4250; artconservation.com. This art-conservation studio has a gilding conservator who restores frames.
Flaherty Iron Works, 5416 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-7653; flahertyironworks.com. Repairs wrought-iron furniture, gates, fences, banisters, and other items. Can also work on aluminum, stainless steel, and brass. Recently repaired some old White House gates for the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Fred Mashack Iron Works, 1804 Half St., SW; 202-554-4455. Repair and restoration of cast-iron porches, fences, and stairs.
Northeast Iron Works, 2632 Douglas St., NE; 202-529-9440. Refurbishes rusted steel or cast-iron banisters and other ornamental iron. Also can give newer steel a historic-looking finish.
Rick's Iron Works, 9103-B Owens Dr., Manassas Park; 703-369-5189.In business for 21 years, Rick's repairs anything made of iron, from railings to stairs to fences.
Best Kitchen Cabinets, 649-A Southlawn La., Rockville; 301-762-0446. Refinishes and refaces cabinets. Also can replace counters.
Kitchen Tune-Up; kitchentuneup.com. Specializing in cabinet restoration and refinishing, this company has four franchises in Northern Virginia.
Franco's Italian Leather Design & Repair, 3762-A Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-962-0809; italianleatherdesigner.com. Owner Gianfranco Belviso grew up in Italy and trained as a leather designer. He can repair, refinish, or recover anything leather, including sofas, tabletops, and book bindings. He also creates custom leather pieces.
Metro Leather Furniture Restoration, 202-E Lane Ct., Sterling; 703-450-6850; metroleather.com. Cleaning, conditioning, repair, refinishing, color change, and reupholstering for leather furniture. Works for major retailers such as Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdale's.
Curzon Hill Antiques, 108 S. Columbus St., Alexandria; 703-684-0667; linenconnection.com. Hand cleaning and repair of antique linens, especially table and bed linens, quilts, and christening gowns. All repairs are reversible. Also does mounting.
Anna Grishkova, Northwest DC; 202-667-0441 ext. 43. A conservator at the Textile Museum, Grishkova is the person to call for work on historic textiles. She helps clients choose the right conservation treatments for quilts, uniforms, flags, and other historic pieces. She also prepares textiles for mounting and consults with clients on storage and display.
Parkway Custom Dry Cleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377. This dry cleaner can hand-clean and hand-press household textiles, including quilts, linens, and bedspreads.
Vienna Quilt Shop, 396 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-281-4091; quiltdoctor.com. Hand cleaning, restoration, and mounting of antique or damaged quilts.
Antique Restorations, 17 North Alley, New Market, Md.; 301-865-3009. Conserves interior architectural millwork, such as mantels and paneling.
Giannetti's Studio, 3806 38th St., Brentwood; 301-927-0033. Repair of moldings, columns, and other architectural elements. Giannetti's has worked for the Renwick Gallery, National Building Museum, and the Library of Congress.
The Stripping Workshop, 411 New York Ave., NE; 202-544-1470. In business for 30 years, this company specializes in refinishing woodwork.
Abercrombie & Co. Silverplaters, 9159-A Brookville Rd., Silver Spring; 301-585-2385. This 75-year-old shop repairs everything from brass beds to pewter bowls. It has a silversmith and hand-engraver on staff.
Awesome Metal Restorations, 4233-G Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-897-3266. Joseph Grenon and Boris Paskvan fix almost anything metal. Clients include Blair House and the State Department.
Bethesda Art Metal Works, 4955 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1445. Young Kim repairs and polishes decorative metal objects and does silver plating.
Chevy Chase Plating and Polishing, 12131 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-913-5727; chevychaseplating.com. Repair and restoration of decorative metal objects, from polishing rusted brass beds to repairing damaged silverware or teapots.
Coventry Silversmith, 228 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-684-6821. For 78 years, Coventry has specialized in repairing and refinishing sterling, copper, brass, and pewter. It also does silver and gold plating and restores older pieces.
Equestrian Forge, 222 S. King St., Leesburg; 703-777-2110. This shop, which repaired the hardware on the doors to the Old Executive Office Building, does all kinds of fine metal conservation, including sculptures and antique wall sconces. Can also make replicas of just about anything.
Flaherty Iron Works, 5416 Vine St., Alexandria; 703-971-7653; flahertyironworks.com. Although Flaherty specializes in wrought iron, the company also works on aluminum, stainless steel, and brass.
Rubesch & Miller Gold and Silversmith, 121 S. Royal St., Alexandria; 703-548-0659; rubesch.com. Lawrence Miller will smooth out silver spoons gnawed by garbage disposals, reattach limbs to bronze sculptures, and bring new life to copper pots. He restores gold, silver, bronze, brass, and copper.
Bethesda Shade and Awning, 19201 Orbit Dr., Gaithersburg; 301-670-4655; bethesdashadeandawning.com. In business for 50 years, this company--which repairs and cleans outdoor awnings--counts the federal government and foreign embassies among its clients.
Criterion Lawn Furniture Repair, Rt. 5, Keyser, W.Va.; 800-422-8360. A unanimous favorite among design experts, this company refinishes and repairs metal outdoor furniture and makes new cushions. Provides pickup and delivery.
Champions Billiards and Barstools, 1776 E. Jefferson St., Rockville; 301-881-3000. Installation and basic upkeep of pool tables, from new cloth and cushions to relining pockets. No refinishing.
Ayoub Carpet Service, 6840 Fairfax Dr., Arlington; 703-533-9233; rugcare.com. Specializing in Oriental rug repair, Ayoub also cleans and repairs carpeting and cleans upholstery.
Christopher's, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; christophersinc.net. Highly recommended for cleaning and spot removal for rugs, upholstery, drapes, and other household textiles. Also provides fabric-protection treatments.
Color Your Carpet, 11382 Old Hopkins Rd., Clarksville; 301-776-2393; colorcarpet.com. This company can dye faded or stained wall-to-wall carpeting to match its original shade or dye it a different color. It also offers color restoration of patterned rugs.
David Zahirpour Oriental Rugs, 4922 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-338-4141; dcorientalrug.com. Experts in restoring all types of handmade rugs. This firm can repair holes and fraying to match the original. Cleaning is done by hand with pure soaps. Clients include the White House, Smithsonian, and State Department.
Manoukian Brothers Oriental Rugs, 1862 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-332-0700; manoukianbrothers.com. Cleaning and repair of all rugs, specializing in Orientals. Can replace fringe and binding, reweave, and patch holes.
Mark Keshishian and Sons, 4507 Stanford St., Chevy Chase; 301-654-4044; orientalcarpets.net. Since 1907, they've specialized in the repair of handwoven Oriental rugs, especially antiques.
Nazarian Brothers, 7625 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-657-7723. In business since 1920, this company cleans, restores, and appraises all kinds of rugs. Does not work on wall-to-wall carpet.
Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, 101 W. Cross St., Baltimore; 410-752-4832; hilgartner.com. "Roc Doc" service provides natural stone repairs, including cleaning, recaulking, sealing, and fixing cracks in stone countertops.
Marblex Design International, 2926 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax; 703-698-5595; marblexinc.com. Basic repair of stone, particularly marble, granite, and limestone.
Serra Stone, 4312 Montgomery Ave., Bethesda; 301-986-1830; serrastone.com. Stone repair, including cracking, unevenness, and deterioration on walls, walkways, and patios.
American Tub and Tile, 4949 Beech Rd., Temple Hills; americantubandtile.com. This company can repair chips in bathroom tile and fixtures, recaulk, fix fiberglass and acrylic, or change the color of tile through re-glazing.
D.L. Boyd, 5905 Arbor St., Hyattsville; 301-773-6767. Specializes in plaster but also does tile repairs, including recaulking and regrouting.
Select Kitchen and Bath, 7311 Highland St., Space 9D, Springfield; 703-866-4224; selectkitchenandbath.com. This remodeling company specializes in ceramic-tile repairs, including holes left by plumbers and cracked tile. Also repairs grout, plaster, and drywall and can reattach loose cabinets. No tub refinishing.
Bergerie Decorating Company, 3343 Prospect St., NW; 202-337-8727. A top choice among interior designers for reupholstering furniture.
Cannon Upholstery, 4901 Hampden La., Bethesda; 301-654-0090; cannonupholstery.com. Reupholsteryof furniture and walls as well as repairs, frame regluing, and caning. Pickup and delivery available for a fee.
Christopher's, 2931-E Eskridge Rd., Fairfax; 800-787-5885; christophersinc.net. This company specializes in treating textiles to protect them from stains and wear but also does on-site upholstery cleaning and spot removal.
Dural Cleaning Fabric Specialists, 2408 Minnesota Ave., SE; 202-581-3800. Carpet and furniture cleaning in the Washington area for 43 years.
Georgetown Refinishing, 1819 14th St., NW; 202-333-3311. This furniture refinishing shop also does reupholstery.
José Gonçalves Company, 4808 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-528-5272. Specializes in reupholstering furniture, whether antique or contemporary. Has done work for the White House and private collectors all over the nation.
Looney & Sons, 2839 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; 703-560-9104. This designer favorite reupholsters all types of furniture.
Parkway Custom Dry Cleaning, 8402 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-3377. This longtime dry cleaner offers in-home upholstery cleaning and stain removal.Wicker, Cane,and Rush
Cannon Upholstery, 4901 Hampden La., Bethesda; 301-654-0090; cannonupholstery.com. Does repairs, frame regluing, and caning. No wicker.
Morrison's Chair Caning, 18740 Blue Violet La., Gaithersburg; 301-948-5130; morrisonschairs.com. This company can restore most types of woven chair seats. It's been in business for 25 years and will work on chairs or stools, antique to modern.
Raymond Burkett Quality Restorations, 715 Kennebec Ave., Takoma Park; 301-589-2658. Specializes in woven furniture, particularly caning and wicker. Does restoration, refinishing, and painting.
Wicker Place Antiques, 7305 Centreville Rd., Manassas; 703-361-8622. Donna Keller and Dennis Moon specialize in antique pieces but repair newer furniture, too. They reweave and restore wicker, cane, splint reed, bamboo, rattan, and rush furniture.
Willie's Wicker Repair, 5812 Dorris Dr., Alexandria; 703-379-1954. Willie Conley fixes any kind of woven furniture, including antiques and heirlooms. Also makes custom covers.
Antique Restorations, 17 North Alley, New Market, Md.; 301-865-3009. This antiques-conservation shop restores historic wooden doors.
The Stripping Workshop, 411 New York Ave., NE; 202-544-1470. This is a good choice for refinishing wooden doors.
Window Pro, 12100 Baltimore Ave., Suite 4, Beltsville; 301-419-7233; thinkwindowpro.com. Repairs windows and doors, including screens and cracked glass, and repairs or replaces patio sliding doors and French doors. Specializes in hard-to-find parts.
Most of these companies work on antiques, but unlike the antique specialists listed at the beginning of this article, the following firms also work on newer furniture.
Barbara Adatte, Reston; 703-834-0762. Adatte, who has 25 years' experience working with antiques, comes to your home to repair, clean, or wax wood furniture. She also does someceramics repairs.
Bergerie Decorating Company, 3343 Prospect St., NW; 202-337-8727. This highly praised Georgetown firm reupholsters and refinishes all types of furniture.
Carrison Restorations, 8494-F Signal Rd., Manassas; 703-830-4044. Repairs and restores wood furniture, including lacquer, varnish, and shellac finishes.
Georgetown Refinishing, 1819 14th St., NW; 202-333-3311. Refinishes and repairs all wood furniture, new or antique. Recommended by local furniture and antiques stores.
Joseph's Refinishing and Upholstery, 9176 Red Branch Rd., Columbia; 410-997-5550. Restores and repairs old and new furniture, particularly pieces damaged in fires. Has worked for the Federal Reserve and the National Gallery of Art.