Antique chair repair

Posted on 21 Apr 2016 Share:

Mr & Mrs Pope of Cadbury Heath, Bristol - Antique chair repair

The customers were given two antique chairs from a grandparent who had recently passed away. They wanted to use them in their bedroom, but wanted to have them restored back to their original condition and with the same French polish finish as when they were originally made.

CFS took an entire day to strip off the old finish, back to the bare wood. Sanding sealer was brushed on to the bare wood and left to dry, then stain was applied to the wood and left to dry. Two coats of French polish was then applied using a polishing brush with each coat taking about an hour to dry.

Then using very fine wire wool, we very gently rubbed with the grain of the timber and the finish. By doing this, after every two coats, using a total of ten coats of French polish this left the finish looking mirror like, and very highly polished. 

French polishing is not a quick process and there is a definite skill to it, so it can take a while to get the wood looking beautiful again. We normally do all our repairs on-site, however if you have a small item of wooden furniture that you would like French polished, we may be able to take it away and repair at our premises and deliver it back to when renovated. Please ask us for further details.

The customers were very pleased with the finish of the chairs and the work CFS carried out for them. The chairs are now happily installed in pride of place in the master bedroom.

'Thank you to CFS for your superior workmanship to our  chairs  and making them  look like new. The chairs mean a lot to us, and they can now continue to be passed down the family to our children. We would not hesitate to recommend CFS - Excellent renovation skills'