Category Archives: Spray Finishing

French Polishing to Restore an 18th C. Solid Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table

A beautiful Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table. One leaf has experienced alot of damage with the mahogany very pitted. The works are carried out at the clients address. 20151203_093959[1] This picture shows the wear and pitted leaves in this antique  Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table.

20151204_082827[1]The original Brass castor has fallen off, its tapered and is normally burred over with a hand made washer, then  hammered to stop the castor dropping off.20151204_082853_HDR[1]


This is how the castor from the Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table should be restored.20151203_122407[1]This is the damaged leaf, it had the existing finish removed with low VOC chemical stripper so not to damage the finish. Stripping is our last resort, but after staining it now matches in well with the existing central leaf. 20151204_125710[1]So after a couple of days french polishing, this is the restored antique Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table. Its important to leave the original marks, dents and gouges. It’s had approx. twenty light coats of shellac applied to obtain this deep but thin finish – (note the light reflection). 20151204_125615[1] Another pic of the damaged section now fully restored antique Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table  – scroll back to the first image !!!20151204_125631[1]


All the leaves of this antique Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table now fully restored and blend beautifully. The outer legs swing out to hold the outer leaves in place. The three solid leaves appear to have been cut from the same tree section, as the grain pattern is very similar.20151204_131726[1] Our floor protection is packed away, this Antique Brazilian Mahogany Penbroke Dining Table  is now a superb piece of furniture – and our very nice client is extremely pleased!!!





Antique Pedestal Desks being Restored

The yew wood pedestal desk has been completely restored. New locks and handles have been fitted, The green leather skive (top) has been repaired.

We have completed 130 various wooden desks. The office furniture was in bad condition, we firstly restored one as a sample and this saved the rest from being disposed photos to 25-10-12 017 works photos to 25-10-12 015 - Copy


A selection of the completed desks and filing cupboards all fully restored and awaiting to be put back to good office use. The filing cabinet draws make for great handbag storage 🙂

This restoration will extend the working life by another 10 years easy !!!works photos to 25-10-12 025 - Copy

Paint Spraying Kitchen Units

The client required this existing white kitchen to be colour changed. We supplied various samples of finishes to chose from. Spray finishing gives a vastly better finish than applying by a paint brush !!

Barford’s spray painting ensures a perfect flat finish. We use special spraying equipment and waterbourne finishes to keep odour to a minimum also most importantly nullify fire risk, which is associated with high VOC’s solvent finishes.

The kitchen area is carefully protected to stop any paint over spray, and a mobile extractor is fitted to remove any airborne contamination affecting the paint finish.

The kitchen units are then thoroughly inspected and repaired. Once dry the units are de-greased and prepared for the fresh paint colour.

The existing white cabinet doors are carefully removed and re-finished in our studio, while the carcass and un-removable doors are finished in-situ.

Many light paint spray coats give a vastly superior finish compared to a couple of heavy paint spray coats.   20150630_170221


Fine French Antique Leather Writing Desk – Repair

This beautiful french writing desk has a number of necessary repairs, the fine marquetry is being repaired in this (upside down) pic.IMG_0260

The fine leather top (skiver) has many deep burn marks, many down to the wood base, in an antique of this quality, the leather is better repaired than replaced as the value and authenticity will suffer.

The gilded mouldings  are quite worn and require 23.5 carat gold leaf to restore to pristine conditionIMG_0259

You can see the burnt leather skiver – possibly – probably cigar or cigarette damage.IMG_0257


The antique leather top writing desk now filled and repaired.

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Fine French antique writing desk, fully restored

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Spiral Staircase

French polishing a staircase – especially a spiral staircase is not easy, the various natural wood colours have to match seamlessly. We achieve this by adding earth pigments into our french polish until the stair sections naturally blend. once completed the staircase is  then carefully beeswaxed to a lustre finish for many, many years of service and pleasure.