This was in very poor condition but had great sentimental value. The old and perished surface finish was carefully removed and then refinished in lacquer to it’s former glory. The decorative walnut veneers were mostly hidden under ages of old polish and the deteriorating finish and once renewed were shown in their glory.
This pine dressing table had been painted many years ago and the finish was looking worn and damaged. The handles were cheap wooden ones and the client wanted these changed to a glass effect handle. New handles were sourced and the table was stripped and refinished in a white lacquer paint with the new handles […]
This was wobbly and the client was unsure of what was causing it. I established that the main pivot was worn and arranged for a new socket to be welded on to provide the main shaft with a tight fit. This resolved the problem. Some while after a further problem was raised as the chair […]
The top on this games table had warped making it difficult to use the inlaid marquetry chess board and also to lock the top down. The lid was detached and the insides routed out in channels to alleviate the tension. it was then secured flat and metal rods inserted to keep the shape. The inside […]
The chairs were in a poor state with nearly all the joints detached or broken. They were all repaired. The table was marked and the lacquer surface worn. This was stripped. The table and chairs were the re-lacquered. The client left the following 5* review on google. I was so very fortunate to discover Ian […]
The table had once been extending but the mechanism removed and the underside of the table extensively reinforced. The top had been refinished using a pigmented emulsion and then polishing over. I would assume this was to produce a dark mahogany effect with minimal effort but it hid the grain and figuring of the timber. […]
This was recovered from a garage after lying in disuse for some time. The table was dirty and some of the sections were detached where the glue had failed. The gaps were consolidated and the table cleaned. The polish was then improved upon before being finally wax polished.
The client required a set of replacement feet for a campaign chest. New feet were turned and fitted to the original plates. They were then aged, coloured and polished to match the chest. The client reviewed on google. Ian did a beautiful job. I needed four bun feet for a solid 19th century mahogany campaign […]
This cabinet was built by a local cabinet maker for a client to form a base cabinet for an antique bookcase. It had to be finished to match better the patina and colour of the top cabinet. It was coloured and polished by hand to make a better match with mahogany.
The client brought this in to be recovered but on closer inspection it was found to have crumbled away. It had previously been re-upholstered with the new webbing tacked over the old. The upholstery was old and filthy. It was disposed of and a new frame made up to fit the chair. It was then […]
This rosewood card table had a very worn baize along with missing veneers and mouldings. The old baize had to be removed and then the surface cleaned and prepared for the new baize. To make the cost reasonable the moulding were consolidated along the front edge, the missing veneers were replaced, coloured and polished and […]
This G plan sideboard was damaged when the left hand side stay was dropped too far down and it ripped out of the chipboard substrate and teak veneer. The damaged chipboard area was consolidated and strengthened with the damaged areas of veneer repaired with teak veneer. It was then carefully coloured and finished with a […]
This chair was in poor condition. There was marquetry missing in the top rail and the polish was in need of rejuvenation. It also need the pin cushion seat upholstered. The marquetry was replaced and it was polished before finally being upholstered with a pin cushion seat and piping on the edges.
The chaise was in very poor condition. The frame was falling apart, the cushions were old or missing and the surface finish perished and badly damaged. The old upholstery was removed, the frame was repaired and consolidated, the surface stripped and refinished and then re-upholstered. As it was to be used as an occasional bed […]
This desk had a badly damaged surface with the lacquer having been chipped away. The leather was still in good condition and was to be retained. The legs needed consolidation. The work was carried out to ensure the desk was sound, the handles removed and the old damaged surface stripped. It was then finished by […]
The chair seat had collapsed and after removal of the old upholstery it was found that the frame had extensive woodworm damage and had crumbled away. The old frame was used as a template and a new one made from beech. The legs were reinstated and it was then upholstered ready for a top cover […]
This box had much damage including missing mother of peal inlay, missing veneers, a perished surface finish, old cloth under the base, ripped and missing internal paper, a broken lock and hinges and a missing internal shelf. The surface finish was removed and veneers replaced. The missing parts of the mother of pearl inlay were […]
This involved the repair of the back splat of an Georgian dining chair. Some of the parts had been saved but many other smaller sections were missing and had to be made and integrated into the back splat. They were then carved to match the various profiles and coloured to match.
This is a set of Ercol Quaker style dining chairs from the 1960’s. They were finished in a very dark stain and lacquer which had become damaged over time. They were all stripped and prepared for refinishing. They were then lacquered in a clear lacquer that enhanced the figuring of the wood.
These chairs had greats sentimental value to the client but the upholstery was old and worn and the client required them to be updated. The existing upholstery was removed, the frame stripped and refinished and the chair was then upholstered in white leather with matching piping.
This needlework cabinet had great sentimental value to the client but was in a condition that left it without any attraction in the home. There had been a considerable loss of the crossbanded edging on the lid and it had been painted a dark brown . The cabinet was stripped back to the wood on both […]
This chair had one of it’s leg broken and held together with tape. The old and broken leg was cut off and a new leg turned to match with a dowel integrated into the turning to fix into the front seat rail. The leg was then polished with black shellac to replicate the japanned finish […]
The initial enquiry was to restore a desk that had been kept in a garage for many years and was in very poor condition. It had a very dark finish that made it difficult to see the wood and a damaged, town and marked rexine writing inlay. The desk was stripped and the rexine inlay […]