The Gilder

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64 Longmeadow Rd.
Shelton, CT 06484
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The Gilder

Master craftsman, Luciano Colella, has acquired an intense passion and talent for the art of restoration and gilding handed down by his father, Vincenzo Colella (a skillful cabinet maker for over fifty years). Luciano has refined his knowledge and skills as a student of The School of Art and Restoration in Bari, Italy. Today, after ten years working in the United States, he offers in disposition his skill, talent and professionalism to realize the most complex projects for the most demanding clients.


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Service Area

  • Stamford
  • Norwalk
  • Westport
  • Greenwich
  • Fairfield
  • Cheshire
  • Ridgefield
  • Sandy Hook
  • Pelham
  • Bedford
  • New Rochelle
  • Newtown
  • Georgetown
  • North Salem
  • Rye
  • New Canaan
  • Monroe
  • Easton
  • Scarsdale
  • South Salem
  • Trumbull
  • Weston
  • Port Chester
  • Riverside
  • Pound Ridge
  • Redding Center
  • Redding Ridge
  • Greens Farms
  • Darien
  • Shelton
  • Cos Cob
  • Botsford
  • Southport
  • Purchase
  • Larchmont
  • Redding
  • Armonk
  • Old Greenwich
  • Wilton
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Services Offered

Furniture Repair & Refinish


Areas of Expertise

  • Furniture Refinish and Repair

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In Business Since: 1996
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Review by in Norwalk, CT
I entrusted Luciano with a cedar hope chest that had been in my family for 100 years. It needed some repair and needed to be refinished. I wanted the natural cedar wood color, instead of the original dark cherry stain. It came out beautifully, it looks gorgeous and it will now last another 100 years! He picked it up and delivered it back, and sooner than I had expected. Really quality work and he obviously understands antiques and knows what he's doing. Great choice, highly recommend.
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Review by in Purchase, NY
Everything about this experience was wonderful,. The table has been beautifully re-finished and 12 chairs skillfully re-upholstered. Luciano Colella is the quintessential professional. I recommend him most highly.
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Review by in Norwalk, CT
The craftsmanship demonstrated on my refinished table was nothing short of amazing. We had a family heirloom dining table that belonged to my husband's grandmother and it was restored to showroom quality. The table needed woodwork as well as refinishing and he also made a beautiful leaf that matches perfectly. He picked up the table and delivered at precisely the time he was expected. He is courteous and professional and I simply could not recommend more highly. If you hire him, you will not be disappointed!
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Review by in Fairfield, CT
This piece came out so much better than I ever imagined. I am delighted with the work and professional care The Gilder gave to my Hoosier Cabinet. The value to me is priceless! Definitely will recommend this quality business to others.
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Review by in Southport, CT
Exceptional craftsmanship. Did an awesome refinishing job on turn of century French dining room table and complete restoration of 1920 American desk. And did pickup and delivery (including tough logistics getting the table to the dining room). Highly recommend them!!
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Review by in Trumbull, CT
Luciano is friendly, accommodating and does excellent work. We had both a desk refinished and DR chairs reupholstered. The work was superb. I have absolutely no hesitancy in recommending The Gilder
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Review by in Stamford, CT
Wonderful to work with, and couldn't be happier with the tricky refinishing job needed for my four antique tables. And really cared about quality job. Excellent all around!
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Review by in Fairfield, CT
We have a bedroom suite which I had custom built when I lived in Mexico. Recently, it was damaged when we had the house painted. Because of the nature of the work to be done, we turned to HomeAdvisor to find someone with these skills. We found The Gilder run by Luciano Colella. He took on the project to repair and restore the furniture. When he came to deliver the finished product we were amazed. The quality and care of the work went beyond what we expected. I would highly recommend The Gilder to anyone who needs this type of craftmanship.
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Review by in New Canaan, CT
I was impressed by the prompt response to my inquiry; the promptness of having someone come to the house and professionalism demonstrated when I met Luciano; the quick turn around; the expert craftsmanship of their work; the reasonable price associated with the task at hand, and their genuine care for their work product
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Review by in Monroe, CT
Luciano was polite, knowledgeable, master craftsman, professional, responsible, and easy to work with. Definitely recommend him
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