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Furniture restorer at Yolanda Gray Antiques
Having grown up with antique furniture I’ve always appreciated fine and high quality furniture. Initially I wanted to learn how to French polish antique furniture of course what started as a snowball found gravity and grew as different cabinet makers taught me other traditions and the biggest being common sense.
Working with furniture that is decades if not centuries old you run into a spectrum of issues, ranging from a few scratches and scuffs to a full strip down, stain and polish.
What do you check for when restoring antiques
I check that the antique in question is actually structurally sound and okay. The I look for scratches, holes or pieces missing and treat with care, passion and precision in order to bring the antique back to it’s former self.
So far the range of office chairs we obtain at Yolanda Gray Antiques
are what I enjoy bringing back to glory and pro tip a little three in one goes along way from turning a squeaky chair to the smoothest.
When treating my first office chair, I was excited to learn about the techniques and science behind the art of French polishing. From removing the existing polish, treating and restoring the antique and staining to carefully administering the new polish.
When I’m out of the office (The workshop) I’m a massive nerd when it comes to cinema and a patron to the classic motor industry plus I also indulge in two types of food; I’m indecisive on which is my favourite, either pizza and Chinese?
Clean any initial dirt with a slightly damp cloth and wipe dray. Apply the wax sparing to the surface of the antique with ‘0000’ wire wool (similar to cotton wool) or a soft cloth. Apply in small amounts and in the direct of the grain. Allow to dry and harden for at least 30 minutes or more, longer if you can. Buff and shine with a clean cloth in the direction of the grain.
Style: Primitive, Gothic, Renaissance, Italiante & Flemish
The Tudor period is the period between 1485 and 1603 in England and Wales and includes the Elizabethan period during the reign of Elizabeth I until 1603. The Tudor period coincides with the dynasty of the House of Tudor in England whose first monarch was Henry VII (1457–1509).
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