How to Price Furniture Refinishing


While it may be easy to find a refinisher, the refinisher may not be able to do the work in the time specified, within your budget or within the style that you want. Don't let this discourage you, though, as there are many avenues available for any refinishing project as long as you keep focused and know what your ultimate goals and needs are.

Things You'll Need

  • Phone book or internet telephone directory (optional)
  • Refinishing tools (optional)
  • Determine your needs. Consider price, style and turnaround time before contacting a refinisher. You have to be able to tell the refinisher what you want, or at least have some idea, so that you can get a price quote, as some finishes may require more time and labor, which will drive the price higher. If you are refinishing your kitchen table, you may not want to hire a refinisher with a 45-day turnaround time.

  • Contact friends that have had their furniture refinished. Discuss their experience with them. Ask them how much they paid, how long the refinishing took, and if the overall experience was a good one. If so, consider contacting the refinisher that did their work for a price quote.

  • Research a few furniture refinishers in your area. Do not waste your time contacting a refinisher that has a reputation for doing poor, slow and overpriced work. Websites like and are wonderful resources for customer reviews and opinions on businesses of all types, including furniture refinishers.

  • Consider contacting an interior designer. While many people think that hiring a designer for a small project such as refinishing is out of their budget, hiring a designer might save you money. Designers use their trusted contacts for the refinishing process, and often get a better deal because of the volume of business they bring in. And most designers only use people who do high-quality work, because their reputation depends upon it.

  • Think about doing the work yourself. If you have followed all of the avenues presented here and are still not satisfied with the prices quoted, you could learn the basics and give it a try. While it can be a tough process, and one that you should practice on a cheaper piece of furniture before a valuable one, basic refinishing can be done by most people with a bit of patience and dedication.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you know somebody in the furniture business, seek a referral. Upholsters and salesman can often put you in contact with an associate who does refinishing and who can potentially help with your refinishing project.
  • Always ask to see samples of refinishing work before hiring someone. This should be very easy for any qualified refinisher. Inspect the pieces to make sure the work is up to your standard before hiring.

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  • "The Furniture Doctor. Being Practical Information for Everybody About the Care and Refinishing of Furniture"; George Grotz; 1962
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