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Georgian breakfront secretaire bookcaseDesk leather requiredNew desk leather

  This secretaire bookcase was fully restored and also needed a new desk leather to be gilt tooled and fitted.

Leather armchairTorn, perished leatherRepaired leather
The leather on this armchair was torn and perished.  It was patched internally then cracks were filled, coloured and refinished.  Finally, leather cream brought back the suppleness and lustre.

Walnut deskDamaged veneerFrench polished desk
The walnut veneer on this pedestal desk was sun bleached and lifting from the substrate.  A few areas had crumbled away and had to be patched. The surface was stabilised then stripped and french polished.

Walnut armchairWoodwormed jointDog-chewed leg joint
Splinted leg jointRestored frameRestored and upholstered armchair
This walnut armchair was almost not restored due to the extent of the damage. Some areas of woodworm were completely replaced to strengthen the frame. One joint had been completely chewed through by a dog and was splinted together with new wood [the third and fourth picture]. Finally it was french polished and passed to the upholsterer for a new leather coat.

Stripped pine dresserShabby chic paint effectDistressed paint effectShabby chic paint effect

This stripped pine dresser was de-waxed then given a blue base coat of paint.  A second coat of a lighter cream coloured matt paint was then applied and rubbed through in places to give the appearance of age.  This distressed paint effect has become known as the "shabby chic" look.