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This a new page started with the intention of placing some of your photo's plus descriptions of how you have restored a piece of antique furniture or possibly a box,chair, clock, ceramic etc. In fact anything that can be termed old or antique. Even, possibly an old cottage or car.

Before and after photo's give us an idea how things can be brought back to an original appearance, so it's important to take a photo of your project before you start.

If you have any pictures of a restoration you have completed and would like them placed on this page, along with some text explaining how you went about it then please send them to the contact form below.

If you are about to start one then let me know as I will be pleased to hear about it and maybe able to give advice.


These photos were sent in by a lady who has a love of Oak Furniture.
They give a very good example of what can be done with an old oak bureau stained in a dark varnish which has very little appeal and yet with careful restoration by stripping off the old finish and then oiling the wood, produces a very attractive piece of furniture which shows the beauty of the oak and it's figuring, making it a very useful and now appealing piece in the home.
Before and after photos of desk restoration


This restoration of two chairs was sent in by Keith of Flintshire, North wales. Who gives below a brief description of how he went about it.

I removed the batten and plywood from the rear of the drop-in seat and removed the leather, calico, stuffing and Hessian to expose the webbing. I replaced and re-tensioned the webbing with a tensioner, re-applied the Hessian, wadding and calico before finishing with a similar leather finish. I then fitted a dust cover he the base.

I stripped the finish with finish remover and cleaned the chairs with white spirit, loosened the defective joints with warm water and vinegar, then knocked the joints apart with a wooden mallet. I then cleaned and glued the loose joints and left then under pressure over night to dry.

I cleaned the chair with fine wire wool before applying several coats of Danish Oil stained with Mahogany. When dry, I again rubbed down with fine wire wool and applied the finish coat.
Before and after photos of Queen Anne style chair restoration

This old Oak hutch (cupboard) was purchased by the owner for restoring.

This being the owners first attempt at restoring furniture. It had been clearly, water stained and badly marked.

Using my advice on how to go about it, the outside was stripped and cleaned of it's old finish. The rose head nails which were missing from one of the metal hinges were sympathetically replaced. After which the wood was oiled and wax polished to get this very pleasing result..


These photos were sent in by Morris of Wiltshire who had a reclaimed 1930's oak mantlepiece.

The french polish had been water-damaged in places, exposing the natural timber. Using advice given, he stripped off the old finish and then coated the wood with finishing oil to produce this very nice result.

300 Hundred Year Old Oak Door.

I have a 300 year old oak planked door which as been painted and then stripped at some stage.It still has a reasonable colour to the door but could do with cleaning, and darkening slightly and then finishing.I intend to use it as an external door.I can see this as a beautiful old door as long as, whatever I do to it now is done properly.There are also some holes that need filling.

Hi Adrian,
Please find before and after photos of the door.
I used your mixture of equal parts of meths, malt vinegar and boiled linseed oil as whatever I sampled  it sent the door very dark.
That being the case I thought it better to use an old remedy rather than a new one.The overall effect is stunning in so much as it blends in with the cottage very well.
Is it likely to lighten and how often should I re-coat it.
It has had 5 coats external side and 2 internally.
Thank you once again for all your help.
I hope you want to include the photos on your website
Best wishes
Larry ( Leicestershire, England)

300 Hundred year oak old        300 Hundred year old oak door


Hello Adrian, I have finally completed the loveseat! total cost of the restoration was apx $650.00 (US) It was quite easy, there was some pretty extensive damage to the surface of the wood that needed filling but after a good stripping and cleaning it worked out quite well. I also reinforced the backrest and legs as they were a bit loose and removed the springs. I rebuilt the seat and added a very thick foam cushion with a poly fiber topping the back rest was padded same. The material was tacked into place with upholstery staples and finished with the decorative edging. Across the back I used common black upholstery material to cover the frame etc.

Overall The project was a success. I am quite pleased with the seat and look forward to my next project!. I have attached a few pics of the project for you to see. Thanks for your help and the suggestions!

Ken Page
Hamburg N.Y. USA

Victorian Love Seat
Victorian Love Seat

Victorian Love Seat


Peter from Cornwall wrote in to say that he was restoring a Victorian Mahogany Table which had it's centre leaf missing. Being a cabinet maker he was able to make new replacement and matched it to the original table top which had to be re-polished due to the original surface being badly marked and scratched.

Here are some pictures of the dining table we spoke of last week, he writes. As you can see, the leaf is of some stunning Honduras (expensive) Mahogany which is far superior to the original leaves. I finished it in microporous hard wax oil and will wax it when it has had time to cure. All I need now is a set of nice chairs to suit!.
Thanks again for your help. Peter.

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