Finish By Design is a family owned and operated business. The owner, Jeff Neill, has been developing his craft for over 25 years.
Note from the owner:
“When it comes right down to it, I love doing this type of work. I enjoy visiting my clients homes and listening to them reminisce about all their treasures and family keep sakes. My favorite projects have to be re-purposing old junk into a new treasure. I needed pantry storage for my home. So I took an old fence and made cabinets. I have a bookcase that I made from an old grand piano. Desks from sewing machines, mirrors from old piano parts, I think you get the idea. The smallest piece I have worked on was a tiny rocker for a doll. The client brought in a box of pieces and I reassembled the project. My oldest piece was a trunk with a metal stamp on the inside from 1818. It was made from pine with each side dovetailed, assembled using square nails and steel brads. The most challenging projects of course are grand pianos. The process requires patience and the goal is perfection. One of the most rewarding experiences was a tearful hug from a grandmother who had waited and saved for years to have a table restored. She just grabbed me and squeezed, it was a very emotional moment for me as well. The majority of my clients are retirement age. They value passing their furniture to the next generation. So I do my best! I have worked with my hands all of my life. I started as an apprentice learning to tape, texture, and spray paint. Next, I started working with stains and finishes applied to new construction mill work. I have worked with designers in developing a line of custom cabinetry specifically tailored to home theater. I enjoy the challenge of developing new techniques in faux finishing and have combined all the finishing, fixing and craftsmanship learned in my lifetime into one business: Finish By Design.”