Going for gold!!

Heartwood Restoration have recently started to offer Gilding Restoration as a new service. We have just completed the restoration of a superb pair of gilt tables. The work involved carefully cleaning the existing surface and replacing any missing sections. Finally the tables were re-gilded where necessary and the new  gold leaf distressed to match the original. The video below was taken during the restoration process.

Dining table restoration

Rising from the ashes!

We have just finished working on a dificult project (see our Gallery page for the latest photos). A lovely concertina dining table had been damaged resulting in two deep burnt areas. We were able to restore the table using the original timber for the top surface, therefore keeping the grain and figuring as original. Once polished it was not possible to see where the damage had occured!

We have also been working on some lovely rosewood furniture with brass inlay – photos also on our Gallery page. A lot of the brass was loose and the table in the photos needed to be re-finished due to damage to the top. We have many exciting projects coming into the workshop so please come back as we update the Gallery page regularly.

Eagle console table

We have had a very busy start to the year with four dining tables in the workshop for restoration. Two of them have badly damaged top and need to be re-polished and we will be posting before and after photos once the work is complete.

We have just finished an unusual console table which was great fun to work on. A lot of the finish was chippend and missing and the final result was quite a transformation! Photos can be found on our Gallery page.

As well as the dining tables we also have over twenty dining chairs in the workshop, so a busy few weeks ahead – watch this space for more news and photos!


Merry Christmas!

We have had a great end to the year and already have some exciting projects booked in for 2015. The nautical themed marquetery table has been completed and can be found for sale at the Great Grooms Antique Centre in Hungerford (photos also here on the website).  There are also ‘before and after’ photos of a lovely rosewood card table which had been neglected for many years and the result is quite a transformation! This is also now for sale at Great Grooms.

We are currently working on a number of Regency rosewood pieces with brass inlay and an interesting base to a table in the form of an Eagle – photos to follow! Early in the new year we will be working on a very large dining table and set of 14 chairs along with a smaller dining table which we needs re-finishing.

We wish all our clients a lovely Christmas and happy new year and keep looking out for more photos of our work as we progress through 2015!

Full steam ahead!

I am pleased to say that we are very busy in the run up to Christmas. The re-finish of the baby grand piano has been completed and photos can be found on our Heartwood Restoration  facebook page. The nautical marquetry table is almost complete and we will post pictures as soon as it is. We are hoping to have this contemporary piece ready to show at the Great Grooms Antique Centre open evening on Friday 12th December.

Recently we have had some lovely Regency rosewood furniture inlaid with brass. Some of the brass is loose and needs to be re-glued, also the polish on many of the pieces is tired and dull. With a little care and attention these pieces will look stunning when the work is complete – so keep an eye out for the before and after photos!

As always do get in touch if you have any restoration queries!



Making lovely music!

We have a number of interesting projects in the workshop at the moment. We are still working on the baby grand piano which is going to be quite a transformation when finished. We are re-finishing the piano by hand using traditional shellac/french polish.  All furniture including pianos made before the 1920’s would have been originally finished in this way.

A lovely gilt mirror has arrived for restoration. The frame is badly damaged and in need of repair. Once complete we will carefully clean the frame and re-apply gilding where required. The mirror has a lovely original mirror plate which is 1cm thick!

We are also working on a pair of tables which have had quite a life. They were literally bolted together and each had their rear legs cut off to make a square dining table with four legs. We have turned up replacement legs which have been coloured and polished to match the existing ones. Once these are attached to the old frame we will have the pair of tables back as they were intended!

We will be back soon with more news from the workshop.

Welcome to ‘The Restorer’s Blog’

Welcome to ‘The Restorer’s Blog’ from Heartwood Restoration. We have recently launched our new website including this blog page and we will be posting regular updates relating to what we are currently up to. The business is situated in West Berkshire and serves the surrounding counties and towns including Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and of course Berkshire. We restore quality furniture, mainly period antiques and offer a variety of services including; cabinet repairs, polishing, gilding, upholstery and leather work to name a few. We also design and make contemporary furniture examples of which are often on display at the Great Grooms antique centre in Hungerford.

We are currently re-finishing a baby grand piano, which is being hand finished using traditional shellac polish. The before photos are already available on the Heartwood Restoration facebook page and once complete the piano will have been transformed so watch this space!

We are also in the middle of designing a nautical themed marquetry coffee table – the latest contemporary design. This will be quite a show piece and we will post photos as soon as we can, the plan is to have it ready for Christmas!

We will be back soon with more info, if you have any queries please get in touch!

Great Grooms Antique Dealers get Happy for Mary Hare School for Deaf Children and Young People

Great Grooms Antiques Centre in Hungerford are committed over the next 12 months to raising as much money for The Mary Hare School for Deaf Children and Young People as they can. Please donate generously to this amazing cause and look out for our other fund-raising activities.