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 […]
This chair was in very poor condition and required complete restoration. The old and damaged upholstery was removed and the surface finish stripped. It was then polished and upholstered in leather with studded edges.
A set of balloon back chairs had been left to the client but were in very poor condition. The polish has perished along with the leather upholstery. All the joints were consolidated, the surface stripped and refinished and then the chairs were upholstered in leather with decorative stud edging.
This was collected in parts after being stored for many years. The surface finish was damaged and perished with missing veneers. The chrome fittings were damaged and pitted. Parts had warped and no longer fitted together. The client decided it best to arrange for the fittings to re-chromed and they were removed and taken to […]
This was of sentimental value to the client and had been used for homework during the 1960’s. It had fallen into disrepair and had been missing legs since he knew it. The bureau was stripped of the old surface finish, repairs carried out, new legs fitted and then refinished in a modern lacquer. The transformation was […]
This bureau had sentimental attachment for the clients and they required it to be completely restored. It was in very poor condition and the work included: Stripping away the old perished lacquer finish Replacing missing veneers Replacing worn drawer runners Removal of old plastic ’leather’ on fall and routing out new inset Repair lock Repair […]
Since the 1870’s a manufactured type of caning has been used in seat frames. The cane strips are woven into panels. These panels are soaked and then tampered into a groove in the seat frame. Once damaged they cannot be repaired but will require the old panel to be removed and the groove cleaned out […]
This unusual item was in very poor condition and was falling apart. The wooden frame was in pieces and only held together by the rexine cover. The lock was missing with the lock cavity damaged. The lining had been replaced at some stage with wrapping paper and the rexine cover was ripped, hanging off in […]
My client came in with the bits for a walnut writing box that had some sentimental value. It was in very poor condition. Most of the inside partitions were there along with the panel for the secret drawers and the catch that releases it. There were only two of the three secret drawers and no […]
My client was a fan of art deco furniture and managed to acquire a set of four tub chairs. They were in however quite poor condition. In particular they had been upholstered over the show wood around the side of the seats. The old upholstery was carefully removed. All the old staples and tacks were […]
I was contacted by the Parish Church of St Margaret of Antioch, East with West Wellow about an old oak coffer that had been used for many years to store the flower arranging paraphernalia. The back and base had become detached and it was no longer stable. Upon inspection it was found to have suffered […]
With a broken umbrella and discarded flowers these figures required some delicate repair. The old umbrella shaft was carefully drilled out from the ladies hands and a new one made from ivory. The umbrella was then jointed into the umbrella. The flowers were reconstructed and then refitted into the hands of the figure.
This lovely armchair had been stored in a garage for many years before being brought in to me for restoration. The old upholstery was removed to discover evidence of old woodworm damage. This had weakened the left rail and destroyed the tenon joints. The front rail and legs were also detached. The surface finish was […]
This chair had a damaged and perished surface finish that was stripped and then re-polished. The old leather upholstery was removed and it was then re-upholstered in a leather that was perhaps more in keeping with the chair!
This chair had been inherited by the client and was in very poor condition. The surface finish was in a perished condition with the cane back damaged and the cushion almost threadbare. The old cane work was removed and the surface finish stripped. Some repairs were then made to the frame before refinishing it in […]
A slightly unusual request. A client required a rather old and tired gate to be replaced. The old gate had started to collapse through rot. A new gate was made in oak and oiled for protection from the elements. It was then fitted in situ.
This walnut card table required restoration and part of this necessitated the replacement of the old and damaged baize. I only use high quality baize and this can be obtained in a wide selection of colours.
This desk had an old finish on it that was very dark, worn and perished. This was stripped off and the wood prepared or refinishing. It was then refinished so that the wood had a more natural and aged look.
This chair was presented to me with a loose frame. It was clear that the tenon joints had failed and that it would be necessary to remove te old upholstery to establish the extent of the problem and to remedy it. On removing the upholstery the chair was found to have live woodworm that had […]
A straightforward job but one which updated a very tired looking footstool. The old rush was removed and the tired and perished surface finish stripped away. It was then refinished to a deep satin finish and upholstered in a fabric.
I was contacted about a card table with some water damage. When it arrived I found it had been badly restored before and was in a terrible condition. Most of the satinwood veneer had been sanded away with odd repairs having been made. The rosewood crossbanding had been sanded until it had turned black. The […]
This table was in a restaurant and the owners required it be be refurbished. On stripping off the old surface (what was left of it!) I found each side of the table to be constructed from two panels. Both were different shades of mahogany. As there was a budget the best option was to refinish […]
This mid 20th century oak dresser had been finished in a very dark lacquer underneath which the wood had been stained black. The old lacquer finish was removed and the surface sanded to remove as much of the old stain as possible. it was then refinished in a hardwax oil satin finish. The handles were […]
This delightful chair had been caned but that was damaged and the client required it to be re-caned. The surface finish was however very poor and it was decided to strip that off and to refinish it. The result looked great and it was then sent off for the caning.
The top of this chest of drawers was considerably damaged and the client required the veneers to be replaced. It had also been refinished previously with a very dark polish and much of the excellent veneers could not be seen. The existing surface was removed by hand and polished before a final wax.
This piano had a deep indentation on the keyboard cover along with a generally poor surface finish that showed signs of perishing and water damage. It was stripped, the indention repaired and the hand polished to a gloss finish.
This set of solid oak dining chairs were presented with a perished surface finish that looked grey and tired. They were stripped and the surface prepared for finishing. They were then finished with hardwax oil to a satin finish. This created a rich and vibrant finish that highlighted the figuring and grain in the oak.
I was presented with a piece of furniture that was being used as a hall desk but was in fact a converted dressing table. The surface finish was perished and badly damaged and it was stripped and the refinished with a hardwax oil to a satin finish. It completely rejuvenated the desk and the client […]
Here the client had a pine wardrobe that had been painted white sometime ago and was looking rather tired. A new look was required that showed off the pine. The paint, which had various layers, was stripped off. It was then sanded and as much of the residue was removed and then stained and finished […]
The photograph on the left shows the chair more or less as it was provided. It had been partly re-upholstered some 10 years ago and then abandoned. The old covers are shown draped over the upholstery and they were used as a template. The chair had some of the re-upholstered areas improved and then it […]