Church & Commercial Restoration

Along with being known for manufacturing fine furniture, Montalbano has gained an excellent reputation for restoring vintage commercial venues such as church interiors and furnishings. As the only factory in the United States that restores and refinishes old church pews, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide high-quality, long-lasting pews for lower costs than replacing them with new ones.

Our factory uses a restoration process that first removes all old finishes down to the bare wood, by hand, and then manufactures or replaces any damaged or destroyed parts before refinishing with a twelve-step, fine furniture finish.

Our attention to detail, coupled with seventy nearly one hundred years of experience, makes us Chicago’s oldest and most trusted furniture manufacturer, refinisher, restorer and reupholsterer—especially for antique interiors and fixed furnishings.

The Restoration Process

At Montalbano, we truly value the beauty of existing church fixtures and believe in preserving that beauty in each step of the restoration process. Our restoration and refinishing process begins with dismantling and removing pews from the church, usually about one third at a time. We then remove the old finish completely by hand—no dip tanks are used! Pews are then taken apart and repaired, patched, sanded, reglued, and reinforced. All missing carvings, parts, and veneer work are created by hand to match the originals.

Next the pews undergo a 12-step fine furniture finishing process in a color of your choice – we use twice the amount of finish as anyone else does! All steps of the finishing process are performed in our factory spray booths to ensure a clean and smooth surface and fine finish. The last step is to apply two coats of a clear nitro-polyurethane lacquer to give the pews a lasting, beautiful look. Our extensive restoration and refinishing process results in a product of remarkable quality and fine craftsmanship second to none.

Completed Projects

Holy Rosary Church, Chicago, IL (100 years old)
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews and installed new kneelers

Ascension of Our Lord Church, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews, and installed new kneelers, and custom made book cases

St. Joan of Arc Parish, Lisle, IL
Manufactured all bedroom sets for the new rectory, in addition to various pedestals, baptismal candle, and refinishing and restoration of existing statues and altar pieces, including gold leafing

St. Jude Church, Joliet, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews

St. Mary Star of the Sea, Chicago, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews and installed new kneelers

Our Lady of Sorrows, Valparaiso, IN
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews

St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews, podium and offering tables

Our Lady of Knock Parish, Calumet City, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews and installed new kneelers

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Melrose Park, IL
Custom manufactured and refinished antique pews and installed new kneelers

Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, Elmhurst, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews and installed new kneelers

St. Lucy’s Parish, Chicago, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews and installed new kneelers

St. John Cantius Parish, Chicago, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original kneelers and chairs

Sacred Heart Church, Lombard, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original pews and installed new kneelers

Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Naperville, IL
Restored, remanufactured, and refinished original dining room set and antique sacristy Gothic cabinets for vestments

Additional Clients

Comboni Missionaries, LaGrange Park, IL

St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, IL

Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine, Chicago, IL

Providence of God, Chicago, IL

Fr. Gerald Tivy, Northlake, IL

Lyonsville Church, Indian Head Park, IL

Holy Trinity Parish, Westmont, IL