Restoration

Some examples of our work

Victorian Mahogany FlipTop Table

Before...     ...And After!

This table came in needing minor repairs to loose veneer on the base and ironing down of bubbling veneer on the top surface. The table was stripped down, the repairs were undertaken by my cabinetmaker and then I repolished it a rich mahogany colour to blend with the existing dining chairs of the customer.

Inlaid Walnut Pedestal Sewing Table

Before...     ...And After!

When this came into my workshop it had been stored in a barn for many years, which had resulted in the breakdown of the polish, but the veneers were relatively undamaged. The item was cleaned to remove any remaining residue, the inlay and marquetry was sealed prior to staining to preserve its natural colour, and then the rest of the table was stained, coloured and false grained to blend in any imperfections, which are common in walnut veneers.

Mahogany Sabre Leg Chairs

Before...     ...And After!

There was a set of around 20 chairs that were renovated for use around a conference table belonging to a leading aeronautical engine manufacturer in the local area. Most chairs were structurally sound so my colleague removed the old fabric; I stripped and re-polished the chairs to blend with an existing chair that I used as a colour sample. My upholsterer then re-covered them using material supplied by the customer.

Pigment Wash (Colour Wash)

Before...     ...And After!

Before treatment.              After treatment.

In Situ After Shot

For a different kind of colour and finish, a pigment wash can be used in conjunction with lacquer or wax. This is used to lighten timbers, while still showing the natural beauty of the grain. Sealing with a thin coat of polish and wax gives the appearance of a natural, simply waxed finish with the advantage that faults can be disguised and timber lightened. It can also be incorporated into the staining process of polishing and lacquering techniques.

I have been using the colour wash technique to re-furbish an Oak fitted kitchen that was originally a medium oak colour. Instead of a costly replacement of the main kitchen units to achieve the lighter look the customer now requires, they have chosen to have the frontage including kitchen doors and drawer fronts refinished. By using the colour wash technique, any dark areas caused by the previous stain have been disguised and the end result is a colour lighter than that of the base wood.

Victorian Pedestal Inlaid Sewing Table

Before...     ...And After!

As the photograph shows this item came in with no base pedestal or feet. My cabinet maker was able to salvage a base pedestal of similar age from another item and then made the feet from mahogany in a much simpler style than would have originally been used, but which is more sturdy and suitable for the customers requirements.

Once the repairs had been carried out, I stripped off the old polish from the upper pedestal and top and sealed the inlay to ensure the natural colour was preserved. As the new legs were lighter and the salvaged pedestal was darker, I mixed 3 different colours of stain to blend the feet, the pedestal and the top together. I ebonised the top edge of the table, in keeping with the traditional method and style of decoration and false grained the top to hide any faults and imperfections. The item was finally finished off with a cutting wax to achieve a satin finish.

Four early 20th Century Queen Anne style Mahogany Chairs

Before...     ...And After!

These chairs arrived in a very poor condition with broken down polish, paint splashes and loose joints. The seats were sent to the upholsterer for re-covering and the cabinetmaker re-glued the joints on each chair. Once the chairs had been made stable, I stripped off the old polish and paint, sanded the chairs to prepare them for the new polish and then completed the process by hand French polishing them in the traditional way.

Oak Baptism Font

Before...     ...And After!

This Oak Font was brought in from the local church for cleaning and reviving because the polish was run down, there were signs of water damage and the previously filled nail holes were visible.

I cleaned off existing traces of polish, and built up layers of new French polish in the traditional method. Incorporated into this process was a considerable amount of touching up to disguise each of the vast number of visible nail holes to blend in with the rest of the font. Once finished, the item was heavily waxed to give some added protection against future water damage.

Ercol Dining Chairs and Carver

Before...     ...And After!

This is a set of 4 Ercol dining chairs plus 1 carver that needed major restoration to the polish work as there were many scratches to the surface and the colour was faded and worn. Firstly, I stripped off the damaged polish, then lightly sanded to give a good surface for the new polish to key to, the chairs were then stained and coloured to blend with the customers existing furniture and were polished and waxed in the traditional method.

Country Style Rocking Chair

Before...     ...And After!

This chair is made up of Ash a seat and a Beech frame and was brought in for repair and restoration. Repairs were made to the back splats and all joints were re-glued. I stripped off the old surface and sanded as necessary, then pigment stained to blend in the different timbers, repairs and blemishes. This was then polished and waxed in the traditional method to give a satin smooth finish to the chair.