Strip-Ease of New Orleans
Michael K. Ringuette photograph
Kavanaugh Farr, president and owner of Strip-Ease of New Orleans Inc., says his business provides architectural paint-stripping and furniture-stripping services, featuring a unique jet-spray process. Farr says he also employs craftsmen who “repair and modify architectural millwork such as doors, shutters, windows and other elements.”
In a city such as ours, where architectural preservation is essential, Strip-Ease also designs and builds custom furniture and cabinets using reclaimed materials.
“Our mission is to help our clients restore their homes to their original quality and reveal the beauty of the materials they were built with, mainly cypress,” Farr says. He says the company salvages, reuses and recycles materials that otherwise may have ended up in a landfill.
Where do you get your items?
Our items come from several sources, such as home renovations where walls are taken out and not all of the original items are used. We also use materials from homes that have been demolished and sometimes even from the trash.
How has your business changed over the years?
We started with just the stripping [of paint], and as we grew, we got involved in the salvage part of the business. Since we moved our location to Lafitte Avenue, we set up a small mill shop and started offering the repair work and the custom furniture design and construction.
How are you different than a competing business?
We do quality work at a fair price. Also, we do all of our work in-house, so we do not make house calls, but I’m happy to answer any questions over the phone.