Furnishings from A Christmas Story’s Bumpus House Returned to 1940’s Glory by Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture

CLEVELAND, OH – November 15, 2018 – “It was as if someone had emptied a Red Ryder BB Gun on the furniture at the Bumpus House,” quipped Sheldon Myeroff, owner of Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture (CVCF) in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Myeroff was referring to the vintage furnishings that were purchased for the “A Christmas Story” movie home of the Parker family’s next-door neighbors, and Ralphie Parker’s desire for that particular gun for Christmas.

A Christmas Story is an iconic movie from 1983, filmed in Cleveland, that has become a holiday classic. His home and the Christmas Story House Museum across the street in the city’s old Tremont district have become popular tourist attractions since the properties were bought by Brian Jones in 2004.

The Parker’s home, open to both tours and overnight stays, became so popular, in 2016 owner Brian Jones decided to buy the Bumpus’ house next door for overnight stays as well. Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture was chosen to take on the formidable task of restoring, repairing, and recreating the 1940’s-style furniture for the house.“Some of the furniture was broken, mangled, and distressed”, said Myeroff. “Some had scrapes, scratches, bumps and grinds and the stain and paint had come off.” It took three months of cleaning, sanding, repairing, refinishing and painting for Myeroff and his furniture woodworking team to bring the pieces back to their original glory.

Everything – including the kitchen sink – was finished by September 2018 in order to be ready for the home’s October opening. “The kitchen sink was repurposed from an old dresser, butcher block countertop, antique porcelain sink, and 40’s-style hardware”, said Zach Schulte, VP Operations and Shop Foreman at CVCF. Other furnishings included 1940’s-style beds, doors, tables, sinks, armoires, side tables and more.

While CVCF keeps busy with furniture repair, restoration and refinishing, most of their business comes from homeowners who want a truly unique piece of furniture for their home that they can’t find or can’t buy anywhere else. Myeroff sits down with customers and together they design the piece. CVCF specializes in custom rustic barn doors, live edge and rustic dining tables, coffee tables, and side tables, live edge countertops and bartops, credenzas, bookcases, vanities, and all kinds of woodworking projects that you can see in the gallery.

Myeroff founded Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture in 2014 and worked out of his Chagrin Falls home until the small shop got too busy. In early 2018, he moved into his current woodworking facility in Warrensville Heights, where he also has a showroom and store. Located at 26309 Miles Road (Suite 4), the public is welcome to visit the facility weekdays or on weekends by appointment.

“We loved the project,” says Myeroff, founder and CFM (Chief Furniture Maker) of Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture. “We already were fans of the movie because of the Cleveland connection and we were honored to participate in making it a real trip back in time for visitors.”

To see pictures of furniture refinishing and specialty painting projects, click here.

To see pictures of furniture repair and restoration projects, click here.

For additional information please contact: Shel Myeroff at 440-591-5511 or email shel@chagrinvalleycustomfurniture.com

Christmas Story House
The “A Christmas Story” House, with the “leg lamp” visible through the window.
Bumpus House
Our very own Shel Myeroff posed in front of the Bumpus House, filled with furniture recently refinished and restored by CVCF.
Sanding the Christmas Story House Kitchen SinkA progress shot of the repurposed cabinet becoming a kitchen sink.
Custom Woodworking Project For The Christmas Story House By CVCF
The finished kitchen sink using a cabinet, with the addition of an oak butcher block countertop.

Our Press Release

The Bumpus House refinishing project story has wasted no time making headlines all over the internet. You can view the story on Tremont West Development Corporation’s news page, and view the press release on PRNewswire.

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See The Christmas Story Refinishing Photo Gallery Below

About Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture

Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture is a designer and builder of authentic handcrafted custom furniture built just the way that customers want! Working out of a small workshop in his basement, Sheldon Myeroff founded CVCF in 2014. His early successes caused him to move into a large showroom/store/woodworking production facility in Warrensville Heights in 2018. He hired furniture maker Zach Schulte to be VP Operations and Shop Foreman. Today the shop employs six veteran woodworkers who bring their passion and joy to every original project they build. Myeroff is a native Clevelander who founded Direct Recruiters, Inc., selling the successful company in 2017 in order to pursue his dream as a furniture maker.

How to Order Custom Furniture from Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture

To order, purchase, or find out the price range for a custom piece of furniture you have in mind, call Shel Myeroff at 440-591-5511, Contact Us or go to the ‘Request an Estimate‘ page of this web site and fill out and submit the form.

Visit our shop and showroom: 26309 Miles Road, Suite 4, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128, (Corner of Miles Rd. and Commerce Pkwy., just east of Richmond Rd.)

Hours: 9-4 Monday-Friday. Weekends by Appointment. Please call and let us know you are coming.