Sunday, March 29, 2015

Its all in the detail..

A little while ago a client called me over to his home to take a look at chair he'd picked up during his travels in Europe. It was a great looking piece but was very unstable and had been heavily coated in a toffee like lacquer that covered the beautiful aged colours of the wood (patina). 

The seat was torn and the original horsehair stuffing needed replacing.

We removed the heavy toffee like coating by dissolving the finish rather than stripping or sanding as not to damage the surface of the wood that has taken year to develop its rich patina.   

Once the finish was all removed we were able to repolish with several coats of a good quality clear shellac finish we blend ourselves, once dry we then began work on the upholstery.

After we had packed the new horsehair cushion we were then able to add the final upholstery fabric the client had selected. 

The final process was to buff the chair frame with a fine clear wax to give the shellac added protection and remove any lint or horsehair fragments from the upholstery.

This is just one of the many restoration projects we carry out for our clients on a regular basis. Please email us if you have a piece of furniture you would like restored and would like a quote.                                                                                                              

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