Antique Furniture Restoration

Old School Craftsmen

Period furniture is our specialty, but not our limitation.

Bring back the original character of your old masterpieces.  Montalbano can help with the complete restoration of valuable heirlooms and antiques. Period furniture is a specialty, but not a limitation. Montalbano experts are masters of restoring any piece that may need to be repaired, refinished, or reupholstered.

Most finish removers and strippers often damage the original luster and rich character of fine woods. At Montalbano such products are never used, but rather a specially formulated thinner which completely dissolves the old finish as if it never existed. The piece is then disassembled as necessary, repaired, re-glued, completely hand sanded, and prepared for its new twelve-step finish which is second to none.

Montalbano specializes in water and fire damage, as well as insurance work. Other services include; leather top replacement and bent glass doors, caning and rushing, gold and silver leafing as well as expert reupholstering with more than ten thousand fabric choices. Replacement hardware and parts are also available.

Estimates are free at the factory, or by provided pictures, and home estimates can be arranged. Pickup and delivery is also available.

Come see Montalbano restored antiques, antique reproductions, vintage industrial furniture and genuine Capodimonte lamps and giftware from Italy at various antique shows in the Chicago area.


Restoration Testimonials

What Customers Are Saying About Montalbano

“Good restoration houses are hard to find and great ones even more so. I will always consider you a ‘Great one’ and always recommend you and your services.”
Jim Bohenstegel
Auctioneer/Appraiser/Antique Dealer
McHenry, IL

“You’re miracle workers! What you do is unbelievable”
Maureen Crane
Elmhurst, IL

“I bought a new one to surprise my wife. When I saw the old one better looking than the new one I knew only Montalbano could have done that!”
Dr. Joseph Amato
Chicago, IL

“Thomas Montalbano runs a carving machine like he is playing a Stradivarius violin.”
Craig Koepke
Mt. Prospect, IL

“Thanks for helping me out on such short notice.”
Carol Bernick
River Forest, IL

“We were happy with the work you did for us and look forward to more in the future.”
Helen & Norm Meyer
Oak Brook, IL

“Thank you ever so much for the beautiful job done. We are so pleased. My husband and I wish to extend to you, and your family, and employees our best wishes and God’s continued blessings.”
Ruth Lustoff
Riverside, IL

“Just wanted to say thank you for doing such a beautiful job on our tables. They look better then they did when we first purchased them. Your work is truly a gift.”
Pam Azzolin

“The sofa is beautiful. In fact my husband says it’s in better shape than when we bought it! I wanted to let you know, that we’re enjoying it. Thanks so much for the great job! Stop over sometime so you can see how lovely it looks. It’s comforting to know that you and your employees take such care to produce a quality product.”
Mary Ann Mills
River Forest, IL

“Thank you for a job ‘well done.’ Can’t see were the chair was broken. Fixed by a master – an expert.”
Julia Simon
Elmhurst, IL

“Heaven Sent Rays of Magnificence”
David Husak, ASID Designer
Kenliworth, IL

“The outstanding work done on our dining room chairs truly amazed us. He broken and cracked chair legs were meticulously repaired, leaving no evidence that they were ever broke. “
Richard & Margaret BertuccoOak Park, IL

 “Wow” was the word my wife used and I used the first time that we had discovered Montalbano’s to have some old chairs that had been in the family for a number of generations repaired and refinished.
 “Unbelievable” was the word my wife and I used the second time that we used Montalbano’s to have an old Dental Cabinet repaired and refinished. Over the years the wood had cracked and deteriorated. It has now been restored to “like new” and is the center of conversation when people visit.
 “Breathtaking” was the word my wife and I used he third time Montalbano’s did some repair and refinishing work on an old cabinet that has been in the family for a number of generations. It has now taken on a new vitality that came from the detailed refurbishing Montalbano’s undertakes.
 We know that we made the right decision when choosing Montalbano’s to do the repair and refinishing work for us. Mille Grazie!!! We will now have these treasured family pieces to cherish and enjoy for the rest of our lives.
John & Gale Troglia
Forest Park, IL

“We purchased all of the furniture for our home from you in 1975 that is of the Baroque style. Our living room furniture is still featured in your Living Room group. The tables are finished with gold-leafed tops. The table lamps are spectacular. The draperies are second to none. The dining room and bedroom furniture and draperies as well as accessories are all superb. I could go on and on about my furniture, but it would be a few pages. God Bless All of You!”
The Morelli’s
Chicago, IL

“You made my furniture look like everything I dreamed it could be!”
Hugh Smith
Lisle, IL

“WOW! WOW! WOW! Everyone there is top-notch talent. It is a real bonus to have you nearby.”
Diane and Bill Trimble
Elmwood Park, IL

“Thank you very much for your quick e-mail and for your excellent service. This is FANTASTIC! We will be back with more items and we will recommend you to others as well.”
Robert and Bonnie Weisz

“We want to thank you all for doing such a wonderful job of repairing and refinishing some of my early American Antiques. These have been in my family for many years and needed repairs. They have enhanced my home and my 90 year old mother came to
visit me this past May, and could not believe how lovely they looked. Especially the rocker, which you stripped and found such a beautiful maple underneath the paint. Anyway, thanks and we’ll be calling you again. Please put our comments in your website, for people need to know that you repair as well as restore and refinish pieces.”
Ron and Caroline Leban
Clarendon Hills, IL

“Magnifico, Excellente, Bueno, Great Job!!”
Willard Morse
Aurora, IL

“I was in awe at how beautiful everything was. The antique white is ethereal. It brightened and opened up our entire room. I feel like it’s a brand new room, not just new furniture! There is just on problem left. Now I wish all the other pieces in the room were all done to match! We will contact you in the future to see if you can do something for our existing pieces so they would blend better.
Thanks for doing such a wonderful job. We truly have ourselves some masterpieces. Werner (artist) did do a wonderful job with the artwork as well – we’ll let him know that. The delivery folks did a great job with bringing in the pieces , too. A really nice experience all together. Thanks!”
Kathy & John Toscano
Lake Villa, IL

“I am writing to thank you for the outstanding work done on my buffet. The color is perfect and it is now the masterpiece of my front room. I am looking forward to enjoying it for another 50 years. Also I would like to say I appreciate the care and respect taken by the two men making the delivery. I have just finished a major remodeling project and will start a new one shortly on the dining room and will be calling you for some much needed work on a dining room table. Once again I thank you and your wonderful staff for your fine work.”
Patricia Debits
Oak Park, IL

“Their work is absolutely amazing! I recently moved, so I was able to coordinate the estimate and then the furniture pick-up in advance of my move. I was also able to go to the furniture factory and see the refinishing work in progress and all of the pieces looked amazing at that stage of the project. The factory too is an interesting place to visit as well. Bottom line: my furniture looks amazing and the finish is superb! Everyone I dealt with from Mr. Joe, who did the original estimate work, to Richard, who personally managed my order was polite, professional and top-notch. I will forever cherish the new life they’ve given my antique furniture.”
Nancy Graham
Chicago, IL

“I received a return call the day that I called. That day someone came to my home to pick up the damaged chair. I was given an estimate that day. The repair was completed in less than 48 hours and the final cost matched the estimate to the penny.”
Mary Anderson
Oak Park, IL

“Everything was perfect. I received prompt attention from the first call to the delivery. Everyone I spoke with got back to me or arrived when they said they would. The work was fantastic! When the furniture was ready for delivery, we were in the middle of some home renovations, and they were happy to hold on to the furniture for two extra weeks. I would – and have – highly recommend this company for refinishing projects. Even my husband was thrilled with the quality of the work.”
Sandra O’Grady
Naperville, IL

“Superb and worth every cent. This was an heirloom piece inherited from my grandparents so I wouldn’t trust it to just anyone. All of the refinishing was done by hand, pick up and delivery to another location was done on time and with extraordinary care. The project was finished ahead of schedule and the dining set now looks brand new. In fact, it probably looks better & the chairs are more sturdy than when purchased!”
Erica Noble
Chicago, IL

“They picked up the table and washstand at my house with no problems and also delivered them back to me. They both look beautiful. The delivery guys even shoveled the snow off my sidewalk.”
Nancy Henderson
Downers Grove, IL

“Montalbano’s did an amazing job restoring my bookcase. They are truly masters in their field. Rich Montalbano was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. He was always available to take my phone calls when I had questions. Upon seeing their factory/workshop, I knew Montalbanos was the right company to restore my bookcase. They are furniture manufacturers so they understand the whole process of restoring furniture and they finished the work within the time frame they quoted. After I picked up my bookcase, I dropped off an old mirror to be restored. The mirror had many coats of paint/stain that needed to be removed. The scroll work was broken off and missing. They recreated the missing scroll work and corner pieces and refinished the frame in a mahogany stain for $400. The mirror was finished in the time frame quoted and turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined. I highly recommend Montalbano’s to my friends and I will use them in the future.”
Connie Brobst
Orland Park, IL

“We were extremely happy with this company’s service, and we felt that the price was very reasonable given the excellent quality of the work. We used a company recommended by Marshall Field’s for similar work some years ago–their work was not nearly as good as Montalbano’s, and their prices were considerably higher. The repair to the dog-chewed pedestal table is truly a work of art–you can’t tell there was damage. Richard Montalbano is a pleasure to deal with–he responds promptly, does excellent work, completes the job when promised, and charges a fair price. We recently hired Montalbano’s again for repair and reupholstering of an antique sofa.”
Kathleen McQueeny
Oak Park, IL

“We were thrilled! They were so responsible and profession on our first experience and they didn’t let us down on our second experience either. I would use them again in a heartbeat. Our pieces will last for years and years thanks to them. They did a beautiful job. Both Richard Sr and Richard Jr are very friendly and helpful.”
Ellen Domke
Chicago, IL

“I am a very hard to please person to say the least. Montalbano, Inc. is the absolute best company that I have ever dealt with!!! My job was large and had many facets to it and what this company achieved was nothing short of a miracle. I even had to increase my homeowners insurance (contents) as a result of their fine work. A side note… Take a look around the facility and study all the great things these folks do for the community… Amazing.”
James Mertes
Batavia, IL

“You were so right – out able is truly stunning! We just want to thank you so very much for all the fine work your factory has done for us. I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else. Your business is truly one-of-a-kind. If ever you need a reference for someone, we’d be happy – honored – to provide it! Again, many many thanks.”
Peg & Frank Castelli
Western Springs, IL

“The custom cabinet that you completed for us is lovely We are anxious to see it installed in its proper place.”
Reva & John Lizzadro
Oak Brook, IL

“I am writing to send you a belated “Thanks!” for the work you did last fall on a desk of mine. It’s been two months since I’ve received it back from you and still I am amazed at how it looks. I had no idea that you would be able to make it look so good. Thanks again for all of the hard work and the skill you obviously put into this job. I can’t recommend you enough to my family and friends and I will certainly contact you again in the future.”
Larry Welzen
Chicago, IL

“The chairs and settee turned out exquisite – the workmanship superb!! Thanks for a job more than well-done.”
Mrs. Eleanor Springer
Chicago, IL

“Turned our old antique dining room set and made it into a beautiful dining room set. Did not think that old thing could look so good. Worth every penny! You have a very happy customer. I could not be more thrilled.”
Nancy Flory
Elgin, IL

“We love the chairs and are very pleased with the quality of your workmanship.”
Anne and Patricia Mastro
Willowbrook, IL

“Our Marquis chairs and desk chair that you reupholstered look so beautiful. We are so pleased.”
Joseph and Ann Marie DiPrima
Mt. Prospect, IL

“Love my furniture.”
Linda Fisher
Berkeley, IL

“The hutch was my parents and since my parents died, it means a lot to us. The work you did was amazing. It looked better than when we brought it. Thank you so much for an excellent job. Everyone compliments it and we give credit to you.”
Bruce and Lill Almeroth

“I was so impressed with your workmanship and your company. I have recommended a number of customers to you and would appreciate you sending me more of your flyers to give to those who purchase old furniture. PS. It was a true delight to watch your father (Thomas Montalbano, Sr.) while he was working.”
Jan Seymour of Jans Antiques
Chicago, IL

“We were delighted to see all of your showrooms. We really have never seen such exquisite furniture.”
Lou and Edith Negri

“What a pleasure it is to do business with you and even more than that to get to meet and know a wonderful group of people – as I see it – every person under the Montalbano name carries a smile around with them. God has blessed you in many ways.”
Nancy Gorman
Elmhurst, IL

“The work was magnificently and professionally done. Please know that your kindness, thoughtfulness, and workmanship is appreciated and means so much to all of us here.”
Pastor H. McNelty
Melrose Park, IL

“Your people are artisans and miracle workers! It is a pleasure doing business with you.”
Christine Ciesla
Elmhurst, IL

“The furniture was a delightful surprise – I don’t remember it ever looking so beautiful! From initial meeting to conclusion, working with you and your employees was a pleasure. Pat joins me in saying ‘thank you.'”
Pat & Ann McConnell
Elmhurst, IL

“It has been a pleasure doing business with you! The furniture is too beautiful for words.”
Mike & Terry Sarkees
Kenosha, WI

“We feel so lucky to have found your wonderful family and outstanding organization.”
Virginia James
Hinsdale, IL

“Thank you for another great job on restoration. I look forward to working with you again soon.”
Christopher Comes
Hinsdale, IL

“Thank you for the very swift, professional, and thorough job you did in repairing our dining room table. Thanks to you and your staff, we have a table that is the way we purchased it 30 years ago.”
Mary Kay & Peter Wuertz
Indian Head Park, IL

“You make miracles!”
Katherine Baar
Oak Brook, IL

“Thank you for your work and endeavors restoring my furniture. Your artistry emulates your sense of caring and pride.”
Joan Jursinic
Joliet, IL

“It’s (the furniture) beautiful and we know you took great care in the making of each piece and the effort is evident. We really love the furniture and are very grateful for all you have done.”
Cary Sorbo
Vernon Hills, IL

“Thank you for the wonderful job. It is appreciated.”
Roberto Marrero
Park Ridge, IL