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Welcome to Murphy's Refinishing. My name is Bob Murphy. I began this company in 1989 shortly after graduating Salem State College and serving the Massachusetts National Guard. I learned the craft by working for years with my father Harold Murphy. We are a company involved in the repair, restoration, stripping and refinishing of all types of fine quality furniture and antiques. We are located in Salem Massachusetts.

We offer free quotes, pick-up and delivery all over the North shore, Greater Boston, and Central Massachusetts areas.

The focus of our work is on maintaining and restoring the look and artistic value of our clients fine items. As well as the actual and antique values and integrity. To do so we utilize the finest traditions of quality and hand craftsmanship available, we do so with all environmentally safe products. We have by far the most experience with Environentally Safe and water base products than anyone in New England. Our products are highly durable and can achieve any look and feel from hand rubbed oil to high gloss lacquer and faux finishes.

Every step in the total process-from the stripping to the final finish-is done by hand. Our company, Murphy's Refinishing, has over twenty years experience in the field of antique refinishing and restoration. The skills the company has acquired have been obtained through hands-on experience under the guidance of Bob Murphy and his staff of various local craftsmen and experts.

The technical aspects of restoration involves the use of precious woods and products treated in a way as to preserve their antique value. Every step of our refinishing and restoration process is done in such a way as to preserve the original colors and tonalities of the wood. Every effort is made to ensure the warmth of your furniture. Our finishing is done using only the finest products.

Although the primary focus of Murphy's Refinishing is on fine antique furniture--We are proud to offer the refinishing or repair your new or pre-owned furniture as an additional service. Murphy's Refinishing also offers free estimates on your fine furniture.

You can come on by and see our work in progress or stop by anytime with questions and inquiries. Hope to see you soon.

Why Refinish?

A furniture finish has two functions: To protect the wood and to enhance its appearance. Without the protection of a finish, the wood surface becomes soiled, dull, and grayish looking. At times, the soil penetrates below the surface and never comes out, leaving dark blotches and rings. On woods like walnut, mahogany, and cherry, a finish really shows off the rich grain contrasts.


The old finish is removed with remover that is safe for fine furniture. Solvents are used to clean-up the remover residue. Stripping an old finish from furniture or trim is almost like finding buried treasure. The solvents used in this process are evironmentally friendly, and the whole process is done by hand. A good stripping job can transform a yard-sale bargain or restore an antique to its original glory.

Color and Sheen

The piece may be refinished as close to its original color as possible, or you may make a complete color change. If you have a color sample, we can match that; or, select one of our color samples and we'll advise you of the range of possibilities based upon the color of your piece. For some people, we try different stains to see which one most appeals to you. Our stains are slow drying, so we can clean the trial area thoroughly before the color sets.

The finish is sprayed on, allowing it to dry very smooth and clear. Its hardness is a kitchen cabinet grade, satin sheen. We can give you a more matte look or a higher gloss sheen on the wood, delivering the appearance you want.


You can have indoor furniture painted your choice of colors; we provide precise color matching. We use colored lacquer for it's smoothness, hardness, and quick drying. A secondary color or two can be added on top for a multitude of effects. After the final color is applied, the piece is clear-coated for maximum protection. For iron patio pieces, sand blasting is used to remove old paint and rust; then,it's primed and painted with automotive enamel for durability.

Please take a look through our website, which includes wood refinishes, before and after pictures, pricing, contact information and directions.

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