Restorations Unlimited, Inc

Established in 1973. Family owned and operated. The finest in furniture & antique restoration. Like us on Instagram @restorations73

Customer pick ed up her completed oak barrister

This is a Shotwell family heirloom from four generations.
I spent three days with my grandsons, Brady and Cash- taking it apart, stripping it down to the bare mahogany, sanding and staining and sealing it.
The final finish, 4 coats satin lacquer and it's done.

“Generations ago, my great-Grandfather, Henry Shotwell, purchased this player piano for $530 from “Harry’s” (department store) on Front Street in his hometown of Berwick, PA. This was no regular upright piano—this was a player piano—with music scrolls and big pedals you pump with both feet in order to play beautiful music.

The piano was handed down to my grandfather, Harold, sitting, enticingly, in their “back room,” just begging to be played by visiting grandchildren. And then it was handed down to our father, where it was moved down to Virginia, and sat in our rec room, for decades, dusty, with Dad’s tools piled on top “one day to be restored” and enjoyed. All the kids in our family (and neighborhood kids) enjoyed monkeying around on it, mostly playing chopsticks and annoying our parents. When Dad passed, our brother Craig was excited to bring it to his home, in Maryland, where HE could one day restore it to it’s glory. After Craig tragically passed last May, niece Cinnamon paid (dearly) to have the 1,000 lb., piano loaded up and moved back to Virginia, where it WOULD FINALLY BE RESTORED for her eldest son, Brady, an amazing pianist!

This week (Spring break), the Colbert boys ventured to their Pop-Pop’s (William Shotwell) antique refinishing shop in Sterling (Restorations Unlimited), and they worked their tails off taking the piano apart, hand stripping, sanding, staining, and today, applying the final sealing coat on it. I was lucky enough to have stopped by to see it today. How shocked I was to see that this old, formerly black, mottled wood finish now revealed gorgeous MAHOGANY wood!! 😲

I cannot wait to see it reassembled and one day hear it play beautiful music via it’s player scrolls. 🎶 🎼 🎵 🎹

And I know for certain that FOUR generations of Shotwell men are smiling down from heaven, delighted and very proud of these amazing nephews/grandsons/great- and great-great grandsons!) And they’re grateful for Pop-Pop’s skills and passing on his knowledge to younger family generations. ❤️ 🙏🏻 ❤️

UPDATE!!! Momma just sent these pics of the piano ASSEMBLED!!!!!!!!! I want to CRY! It’s more beautiful than I ever imagined!!!!!! Bravo for an EXCELLENT JOB, boys!!!!!! ”❤️😘❤️😘❤️😘❤️

Happy 51 years to the owners of RU!!

Another happy ccustomer & friend .

Okay okay survey time. original old white v.
the new flat black.
what do you like?

We love our customers!!

The hand-painted foosball player graveyard.
Working on polishing the black lacquered tabletop for the foosball table

11 on each team! Patience is a virtue! ⚽️ 🥅

Which color do you prefer as the base?

Are you ready to RUMBLE!?
Tiny, lead foosball players. We plan to soak them in our liquid solvent to clean off the original paint. We have 22 players anxiously waiting to get back in the game!!! Stay tuned for the finished product!!

Hey Peggy Ayers . remember this ride ?

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Restorations Unlimited, Inc

Come see us at our third show at the Big Flea Dulles Expo in Chantilly.

Matt Thomas made some nice hardwood parts for this old Hoosier cabinet; drawer sides and drawer guides .
Now it works properly and is beautiful once again!

When you're working on an old Circa 1920s wooden Hoosier cabinet and the drawer slides are worn out and the sides of the drawers are worn down and nothing works properly, you need an expert Craftsman like Matt Thomas to fabricate new drawer slides and two new drawer sides out of nice hardwood so that the restorer like me can put it all back together. Great team work!

I'm actually speechless on this beauty!
6 chairs made of all molded composition which are extremely heavy which caused the legs to come loose.

If you get invited to a Christmas party I have to show up

After 4 months of working relentlessly on this piece (which was a labor of love); it's finally being delivered to the customers’ home by one of the best movers I've ever seen in my 45 years of being in business.
*Chris Barry of Barry's Movers*

*You waited patiently for the final shots of This Magnificent cabinet*

Probably one of the most extensive and expensive projects RU has done in 45 years.

•Over 100+ hours•

Tiny, Ivory pulls on the bird's-eye maple inner drawers; one of which was missing and had to be reproduced by hand. All of the locks were rusted and did not function, now cleaned, oiled & polished.

Now, seven coats of satin sheen catalyzed lacquer on the whole piece. High gloss black lacquer ebonized finish on the inside trim.

It's truly a magnificent piece.

We cannot wait to see the owners’ reaction!!

We're putting together and finishing up this beautiful piece from Switzerland. Over 150 years old!
After 3 months with us, completion this weekend!

When it's crunch time it takes teamwork to get these legs ready to put on this custom-made one-of-a-kind banquette for one of our customers!!

Restorations Unlimited, Inc

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[10/05/18]   What questions may we answer about any of your antiques??? Ask away!!!

The furniture fairies must have delivered pieces for us to restore today!! We would be delighted to have all 3 pieces in our shop!!

One of our new employees made these solid slab walnut pieces. After sanding he put the legs back on!

Walnut table after stripping the finish off.
All sanded, stained,sealed and final finish.
She’s a beauty!!

This is how you strip a dining room table in 45 minutes with a Quick Gel Marine stripper. How cool is this!?

I forgot to show the seats and wheels ..
all new

Restoration services are complete.
She’s ready for the next owner! She’s gorgeous, drives wonderful and everything works.

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Come visit us at our booth in our 2nd flea market show at Dulles Expo Center.
Having a great time meeting people, selling a few of these precious antiques. Sorry! We just sold the cathedral radio from philco 1933!

We have been restoring furniture almost 50 years.
We have never seen a solid cedar china cabinet with a buffet base before which was previously painted yellow.
Now it has been restored back to original aromatic Cedar. 👃 Smells amazing!!
We love the unique hardward on the front drawers!!

Come see us rain or shine this weekend!! ☔️

Second time around for the old galvanized Lantern

Another fuel lantern .
Cleaned, sealed and polished..& it works.

An 1860 Civil War travel trunk with tray inside. One leather handle on top, original lock and we have the key!!

We received thirty, old, painted louvered shutters from a historical home in Winchester, Virginia with multiple coats of paint.

First we will strip each shutter by hand from the layers of paint which is a very tedious and laborious procedure.

After they are all stripped clean, we will repair all of the broken louvers back to perfection.

Next, we start sanding, picking, scraping, priming and then the final finish....

Stay tuned for the final product!!

Just completed.

1979 Rock-ola Juke Box for sale! DM us for details and price! 100 records inside, works great!! Unique piece!

Adding #7 24k gold tooling to this very special desk being delivered back to the White House very soon! Making antique desks great again! 🇺🇸

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