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Westchester Magazine cover with story about us If you’ve struck gold in the fields of Stormville or brimsfield, but your fabulous find needs a little TLC before assuming its rightful place, you’re in luck. The county is home to a number of expert craftsmen who specialize in restoring and refinishing furniture, especially wood antiques. Aniello Imperati, owner of Furniture Restoration Center … has become used to the most discerning of clients gushing about his many talents. With four decades of experience already behind him, Imperati started working in 1969 for the business he now owns (located until a year ago in White Plains. Imperati strips, refinishes, repairs, re-glues, re-veneers, and reupholsters woodwork both new and old, antiques and patio furniture of wood, metal, iron, or aluminum.

His work includes the restoration of items for the Museum of the American Indian, a commemorative plaque given to the Japanese emperor in 1865, and a number of 300-year-old hand-carved cherub chandeliers in a Sicilian church.

He has also done work on composer Percy Granger’s home (now a museum opened to the public), magic props for Penn and Teller, and, more recently, a pair of almost 14-foot-long church pews for The Westchester Arts Council.

New York City antiques dealers send pieces to him to be repaired so that they will be presentable on the selling floor. (And, oh yes, Imperati has also fixed folding chairs from Ikea.)

Costs and timing varies.

Westchester County Business Journal

Furniture repair shop rises from the ashes

February 14, 2005


A furniture repair shop that lost its White Plains location to a fire last year has reopened in Mount Vernon and is doing so well there, its owner said that he wants to stay.

“We’ve discovered a whole new clientele base,” said Aniello Imperati, president and owner of the Furniture Restoration Center.

Although it’s “hard to tell” if he’s made up the business he lost, he said, “there seems to be a demand and need for this type of service in this area.” The store was burnt out of its previous location at 26 Fulton St. in White Plains on April 27, 2004.

“We lost a considerable amount of tools and equipment and only a small amount of customers’ furniture, fortunately,” Imperati said, “but a large amount of my own personal collection that I was accumulating since I was a teenager is just completely gone.”

When the company moved to Mount Vernon on June 1, it began a more aggressive advertising campaign, using direct mail, telephone-book advertising, magnetic business cards and matchbooks given out in stores that sell cigarettes. The company retained its old telephone number.

The new location at 510 S. Columbus Ave. has 3,200-square-feet of space, about double what it was in White Plains, Imperati said. The location, on a busy street, has helped bring in some business.

The Furniture Restoration Center was founded in 1970, and Imperati bought it in 1980. The business repairs, refinishes and restores “anything wood or metal, new or old,” Imperati said. “We specialize in color matching hand-carved replacements” for furniture parts, he said.

Most of the company’s customers are in Scarsdale, White Plains and the towns along the Hudson River or Long Island Sound in Westchester County, he said, but some come from New England and as far south as Cape May, N.J.

Imperati has anywhere from two to four craftsmen working at the store, all hired temporarily as needed. The heavy seasons for the business are from September through the end of the year and during the spring, when customer’s “natural inclination is to fix everything up at home, including patio furniture.” Summer and late winter both tend to be very slow periods, he said.