Bringing a chair back to life…..

Having been stored in a garage for many years, this chair needed some attention. All the joints were loose or broken and the original finish was in a poor state. We took the whole frame apart and repaired the broken joints before gluing it back together. Finally re revived the finish and now it’s ready for re-caning.

Flood damaged furniture

We have just finished the restoration of various items of flood damaged furniture including part of a set of twelve chairs. The photos show the extent of the damage on some of the chairs, with warped and missing veneer and mouldings. There was a great sense of achievement getting the items back to there former glory.


Desktop leather

Here are some photos showing an empire desk with a replacement desktop leather that we fitted. The desk was bought with the original leather missing. We supplied and fitted this hand died leather which completed the restoration.

Mahogany card table restoration

This week we have completed this lovely mahogany card table. There were splits in the top and missing pieces of veneer. Once restored we revived the original polish on the frame and legs and re-finished the top.

Restoration video compilation

After five years of being in business we have a fantastic selection of before and after photos, showing the type of work that we do. From tables to chairs, mirrors to clocks we’ve done them all so do have a look at our short compilation clip!

Beautiful Mahogany Bookcase

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We have just completed the restoration of this beautiful bureau bookcase, which was in a poor state of repair before we started. The carcass had splits and missing veneer and we had to make new fretwork for the inside of the bureau. Finally the whole piece was revived and re-finished to achieve the result in the photos.

LAPADA membership

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We are delighted to announce that as well as being members of the British Antique Furniture Restorer’s Association, Heartwood Restoration is now an approved service provider member of the London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association. We look forward to welcoming new clients and fellow members of LAPADA in the future.

Ornate ebony table with gilt mounts – restoration

Just completed the restoration of this lovely ebony table, needed the original leather restored, missing brass inlay replaced and  mounts cleaned.  A lovely piece to work on and another satisfied client.


Clock case restoration

This month we have been working on two very different French mantle clocks. Both required careful cleaning and restoration to bring them back to life – one had a lacquered case and the other an ornate gilt frame. Heartwood Restoration is able to undertake many different  types of restoration and these lovely clocks are just an example.

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Gilt table restoration

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.