Twenty two solid oak doors are being stained and french polished on- site using traditional methods. Our client wants the doors to look ‘old and worn, but well cared for.’
The stain can be altered to give a deep nutty Georgian colour by increasing the strength of stain.
After extra smoothing, the new oak floor chevron parquet is thoroughly vacuumed and wiped clean. The client wants the oak to be as lighter shade as possible. The area is being applied with four coats of satin lacquer that will dry off much lighter than appears now – another pair of socks ruined !!
This is a new oak chevron floor being fitted over U.F.H. A chevron floor differs from standard parquet as the ends butt together forming a point, which gives a stunning but subtle quality floor.
Choosing the correct adhesive is vital for the long term durability of the floor, especially with U.F.H. This first mix is being prepared and mixed slowly keeping aeration to a minimum. We have 2 hours working time before the adhesive sets rock solid. The green bucket keeps the area clean !!
This existing oak parquet floor is being sanded with our latest machine. The heavy varnish is being removed to reveal the parquet blocks.
Ensuring our antique pine fitted, we cut the original columbian pine flooring back to give a staggered look.
Fitting supporting joists to the sub-floor. Our newly fitted reclaimed pine boards match a treat, in a way that new pine boards can’t match
The leather top (skive) has been carefully repaired with small leather patches. These have been dyed and carefully inserted into the burnt holes. The surrounding area then coloured with special pigments to match the original patina and colour.
Now fully restored, the fully restored writing table is carefully returned to our satisfied client.
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 antique leather top writing desk now filled and repaired.
Fine French antique writing desk, fully restored
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.
This heavily moulded oak paneling is destined for a university in Cambridge. After lightly sanding, we made sample panels to check and ensure our work matched the existing 18C. The stain being applied is a traditional stain made from charcoaled walnut husks. This gives a unique warm nutty colour,ageing the oak beautifully.