A George III Mahogany Mule Chest

A George III Mahogany Mule Chest

This piece of furniture was recently restored in our workshop.

Amongst some of the repairs that we carried out to it were:

The shaped up-stand to the back of the top was badly broken and in pieces – this was re-glued

back together and re-secured at the back of top.

The shaped ogee feet were damaged and parts were missing – we rebuilt the feet by gluing on
pieces of mahogany and re-shaped these with the use of traditional moulding planes.

We also repaired the damaged mouldings around the edges of the drawers by letting in and

gluing on pieces of mahogany and shaping them.

All the repairs were carefully coloured in to match with the original and the piece of furniture
was revived and waxed up.

Antique William IV Mahogany Pedestal Desk

An Antique William IV Mahogany Pedestal Desk with  fine carved gadrooning to the edge.

This piece of furniture was recently restored in our workshop.

Amongst some of the repairs that we carried out to it were:

The repairing of damaged veneers to the drawer divisions.
Repairs to the damaged cock-bead mouldings to the edges of the drawers.
Repairing the damaged veneer to the shaped bracket feet.
All the repairs were carefully coloured in to match in with the original and
the whole piece was revived and waxed up.

The top on this desk has its original leather skiver. When they are very worn and  damaged
we will replace them. They are available in a variety of shades with a selection of gold and blind
tooled borders.

dsc_0320

A Mid 18th Century Yew Tallboy Chest

A Mid 18th Century Yew Tallboy Chest of very narrow proportions.

This piece of furniture was recently restored in our workshop.

Amongst some of the repairs that we carried out to it were:

This piece of furniture had suffered damage to the cross-grained mouldings
which run under the top. Some were lifting and some were missing.
We glued down the loose and lifting mouldings and let in pieces of yew cross-grain
where the original was missing. We then re-moulded these pieces to match in with
the shape of the original.
We also repaired the damaged mouldings to the edges of the drawers.
All the repairs were carefully coloured in to match in with the original and
the whole piece was revived and waxed up.

Some of the small brass swan-neck handles and ring backplates were missing and we
we were able to replace these from our stock of old handles.

table

A William IV Satinwood and Carved Gilt-wood Centre Table

A William IV Satinwood and Carved Gilt-wood Centre Table.

This piece of furniture was recently restored in our workshop.
Amongst some of the repairs that we carried out to it were:

This piece of furniture was in a very distressed condition.
A very large quantity of the carved and gilded moulding running around the edge
of the top was missing, along with a lot of the veneer from the base and the edge of the top.
The feet were also badly damaged. The piece was also extremely faded.

We copied and replaced the missing mouldings.
We glued down all the loose and lifting veneer and replaced that which was missing.
We repaired the badly damaged feet.
We also replaced the missing boxwood and hare-wood inlay to the top.
All the repairs were carefully coloured in and polished to match the original and
the carved mouldings that we renewed were gilded to match in with the original
antique gilt.
The whole piece was finally revived and waxed up.

dsc_0199

Antique Furniture Restoration Chester

Antique Furniture Restoration Chester.  Antique furniture  is better built, with superior quality materials, than modern equivalents in a similar price range. Antique items of furniture are mostly available in beautiful hardwoods and in a range of original designs depending on the era. There is a lot of choice between different styles.

Antique furniture restoration has grown in popularity as people have become more aware of the wonderful treasures, and bargains, that can be found. Knowing where to find pieces is half the battle and there has been much media coverage about the whole buying, restoration and selling of period furniture.

Antique furniture  can be bought from a specialist antique shop, or picked up at auction for various prices, often quite low compared with shops.  An antique is of course second hand and may not be in perfect condition, however you can decide to restore it yourself or get it restored by a professional. More often than not the price of the period piece, and the restoration fee, will still come in cheaper than buying a new piece of solid wood furniture, and it will also be a good investment. That’s right, not only will you get the piece of furniture for use and decoration in your home, but it will likely grow in value the longer you hold onto it. They money you spend on restoring it will have counted toward this.

It is best to spend time on research when you are looking for a restorer. You want someone with good crafts skills such as experience in woodwork and french polishing. Reputation is also an important factor too, the more testimonials and examples of their previous work you can see, the better. Antique furniture restorers will often be able to turn their hand to a whole host of treatments – being able to diminish minor scratches, undertake french polishing, replace leather desk tops, fix upholstery, replace veneers and anything else which may need done. They will often come and collect the item from you, and then redeliver, and so this is something to bare in mind when getting a price.

As you can see, getting your antique furniture restored is a favourable option and you would be surprised at the wonderful artefacts you can furnish your home with at a very reasonable price.