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Three Antique Chairs – Green, Pink, Beige

Three very different chairs were brought in from a client to be repaired and reupholstered. All were in various states of disrepair.

This first chair appears to have been an attempted DIY project that never got finished.

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Stripped down:

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The second chair was not in too bad a shape, but the fabric was worn through.

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While taking the upholstery off:

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We found a previous cover underneath. The arms also had to be repaired.
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\The third chair was a lovely 1930s arm chair with beautifully shaped arms.

Before:

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We also found a previous cover under this upholstery.

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Unfortunately I never got a photo of the finished chair. I only have this one photo of the chair about 95% done (the fabric around the feet hasn’t been trimmed, and the piping hasn’t been added yet. You can get an idea of the overall look, however.

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Antique Victorian Sideboard Restoration

Apologies for the long hiatus since the last updates. There is a backlog of over a dozen projects to post, but it takes a long time to prepare the photos and posts.

This was a sideboard that we restored a while back (end of 2015). It had a lot of veneer problems, shrinkage cracks, loose sections, damage to the finish, and all the drawer bottoms were broken. There were also issues with worn drawer runners.

I don’t have any proper before and after photos, because the piece came into the shop in pieces. This type of sideboard is called a “pedestal sideboard”. Originally it had a back-splash, probably with carved accents. The centre drawer has the original retailer’s label from Hewetson & Milner London (at Totterham road, indicating a date after 1882). In addition to this, the brass hinges were stamped with the maker’s name William Tonks & Sons (active between 1851 – 1891).

Here are some in-progress photos of the repairs.

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Some of the MANY veneer repairs.

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A few of the small moldings were missing, and had to be replicated.

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A crack caused from the sub-frame assembly.

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This was the worst section.

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All of the thin wood drawer bottom needed repairs. Some had previous repairs, and some had thick masking tape applied to them. The bottoms are barely 1/4″ thick, and they are quite fragile.

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You can see the label on this half of the centre drawer.

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The top has several worn and damaged areas in the finish. This side also had some damage to both front corners, so we replaced a full thin sprip and re-cut the cove profile.

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The base with all the veneer repairs, AFTER repairs and refinishing.

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Finished sideboard.

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The top is a solid wood board of mahogany. It’s about 5/8″ thick, and 2 feet wide. The length was around 6 feet.

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In the client’s home:

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Provincial Style Sofa and 1930s Arm Chair – Pale Aqua

This is a rather nice Provincial style sofa, with 4 front legs. It’s a small sofa, but a very well made piece. The client also had a nice 1930s arm chair to redo in the same fabric. Both frames had the woodwork refinished.

Sofa and chair before:

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Sofa mid-way through new upholstery:

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Completed sofa:

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We were lucky to find a perfect color match for the gimp edging. Also note refinished legs.

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