Restoration stories

I often come across clients who are for one reason or another unsure about their piece of furniture, even a little bit embarrassed. Whether it is too broken, not significant enough or just no sure of the item’s potential .

Over the years I have had some wonderful surprises, discovering lovely furniture under coats of paint or old varnish .

Such an example was a lady from Mylor who rang me about an old cupboard she had. This piece turned out to be an early Edwardian walnut sideboard of terrific quality, that today would cost $12000 to reproduce .

What a lot of people don’t realise is that in most cases the timber used in old furniture is far superior to what is available today,and with the skills of yesteryear also lost old pieces often offer terrific value.

On the other hand clients will often want to rescue items that have some sentimental value to them, such as a dining suite from the seventies or an old lead-light kitchen dresser from the 20s or 30s,or even a large TV unit that is looking dated. What i often say to people is just look at the cost of reproducing your piece.

With today’s technology its easy enough to just email or text a photo, failing that, just give me a call as I have had plenty of experience and I am sure that I can help.

Ed Berger.