Re-upholstered dining chairs

There is always such a transformation when chairs and chair seats are recovered. Through contacts with local upholsterers we are able to arrange for everything from just a re-cover of the existing upholstery to a complete strip out and start from new. These chairs have had their drop in seats recover with new padding added. We also revived the polish removing any scratches etc and the result is a lovely set of dining chairs (eight in total).

Gilt mirror restoration

It is a privilege to work on quality pieces such as this gilt mirror. The top section was broken and there were various chips on the frame. The damaged sections were gilded and coloured – now ready to display again!

Gilt mirror after restoration

Pond yacht restoration

We have just completed the full restoration of this pond yacht. Completely refinished in its original coloured paintwork, we also made new sails and fitted new rigging. Now ready to take pride of place on display – a lovely project to work on!

Fully restored pond yacht
Fully restored pond yacht
Stripped and ready for painting……
Pre restoration

Ornate gilt panels

We have completed the restoration of a pair of decorative panels with gilt mouldings and swaggs. Parts of the decoration were missing so moulds were taken from the original and plaster copies made. These were then gilded/coloured and polished to match the original. Finally the existing decoration was carefully cleaned and the background repainted. A great project to work on.

Completed panel
Plaster copies made of the missing pieces….

Antique Furniture Restoration

These commissions are the best – bringing something back to life. After being stored in a garage for many years this Davenport is now ready to bring joy to the client’s home. There were cracks and missing pieces of veneer but after repairing the damage and re-polishing the whole piece, this lovely Davenport has been given a new lease of life!

Coromandel jewellery box with embroidery lined interior.

We have just finished restoring this wonderful coromandel jewellery box, with a stunning interior.  The outside required some restoration and re-polishing and the original partitions and tray were missing from the interior.  But what really sets the box apart are the wonderful embroidered compartments.  Designed by the client (who as well as being a jockey, loves skiing), once supplied the embroidery was carefully fitted to each section. The result is a truly personal and visually stunning box.

Heartwood Antiques open for business

Heartwood antiques is now open for business! We aim to offer superb quality antique boxes and furniture. Specialising in coromandel jewellery and writing boxes. Offering a small selection of quality items, we currently have a lovely ‘plumb pudding’ mahogany card table. Presented in excellent condition with a gorgeous veneer and colour.

Heartwood antiques is run alongside Heartwood Restoration by Martin Burgoyne who has over 20 years’ experience restoring antique furniture. He is an accredited member of the British Antique Furniture Restorer’s Association and a LAPADA Approved Service Provider. Please feel free to contact Martin either in connection with antique sales or restoration, his contact details are as follows: 01488 639339. Click on the link below for the Heartwood Antiques website:

Visit the website for more details on this lovely card table.

Stunning French Commode and Secretaire

We have recently restored these lovely quality French pieces of Furniture. Both apparently exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855. There were extensive areas of loose and missing veneer and once repaired we revived the original finish and the results can be seen in the photos below.

Antique Scientific Instruments

Antique scientific instruments were often made of wood or came in protective wooden boxes. We have recently restored these two gems including a lovely small telescope housed within a mahogany box. It makes a change to work on something different for a while!