Stevens Furniture Restoration London, is a well established company located in north west London. We use traditional methods and materials, providing quality restoration work on modern and antique furniture. At Stevens Furniture restoration we specialise in Furniture repair, French polishing and traditional re-upholstery.
“A common ethical approach of any good Furniture restorer is the knowledge of how a piece was first crafted, with this in mind it is important to try and follow all the same techniques and materials used. You must also seek the least intrusive procedure, preserving as much of the original as possible, in turn not de-valuing the piece.”
Our companies philosophy is to offer a highly professional and friendly service of furniture restoration, from pickup to final delivery.
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Stevens furniture restoration operate all around London and many of the surrounding areas. We also work on site from Belgravia to Islington, from Hampstead to Chelsea, from Notting Hill to South Kensington. At Stevens Furniture Restoration London studios, each piece is fully restored to the highest standard – from repairing a broken chair, French polishing a table, re-gilding a picture frame, re-upholstering a dining chair to the sympathetic restoration of a valuable period piece. We work for a wide range of clients from private customers and antique dealers, to leading West End interior designers.
For a quality service, and ease of mind when refurbishing your items (knowing your furniture is in good and caring hands). If you have a piece of furniture that needs restoration, please phone us for a free quote or if you are just curious to see how we operate, please view our gallery for some examples of our work.
Stevens Furniture Restoration London specialise in the following areas:
- Furniture Restoration
- Furniture Repair
- French Polishing
- Traditional Upholstery
We have two expert french polishers with combined experience of 30 years having wide experience, in the past working for prestigious stately homes, commercial buildings and private clients. We can french polish larger items onsite all precautions are made. Close analysis can decipher wether or not french polish has been used as not all antique furniture is necessarily french polished. Anything pre 1800s may have been coated in other types of resins and waxes. French polishing is the name given to a finishing technique which is the application of many layers of shellac- a natural resin taken from the lac beetle. It is the most used of the lacquers in antique furniture restoration. It intensifies the colour of most types of wood, and provides a high gloss surface and a beautiful chatoyancy effect.
French polishing is the most exacting and difficult among the polishing techniques, however, it provides you with the best results.
Upholstery is the work of providing furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing and fabric or leather covers. There are many different approaches and techniques involved in upholstery, properly re-upholstering a valuable piece of furniture can be an intensive and difficult procedure. There are many reasons to re-upholster a piece of furniture: if the foundation no longer provides comfort, or the top fabric is no longer your taste. At Stevens Furniture Restoration London we provide a complete service of re-upholstery on both modern and period furniture, including sofas, armchairs, dining chairs, in leather and fabric. From a Victorian button back to an Eames or Jacobsen chair, we have a broad selection of fabric books from the top suppliers offering plain and more unique styles of material from classic to modern, and we are willing to give you some advice to enhance your piece of furniture with appropriate colours and patterns.
The word gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone or metal to give a thin coating of gold. These techniques are employed especially in framemaking, cabinet making, decorative painting and interior decoration. It’s interesting that the process of gilding wood with gold leaf is the same used since ancient times, and it requires a high level of skill to be perfectly done. Among many forms of gilding (e.g. mechanical, chemical, fire gilding, cold gilding), the most popular are oil and water gilding, very different processes that offer different results. Here at Stevens Furniture Restoration London we use them both efficiently according with the specific work to do.
Stevens Furniture Restoration did a great job on re-finishing our dining table. We had a conversation about what was required and they delivered- very happy, a good service
Islington N1 - London
Matthew restored and re-upholstered all our chairs they are now pride of place in our dining room, many thanks to him and his team
South Kensington W3 - London
In antique furniture restoration, oiling can produce a very natural finish, highlighting the natural character of the timber and leaving a more open grain. There are many different types of oils, all of which have varying properties, some are more durable, others can be applied with ease, whereas some brands provide a rich radiance. Here at Stevens Furniture Restoration London we are experts in choosing the right product and the right procedure to treat your piece of furniture in the best way.
Spraying is the most durable of finishes in furniture refurbishment, often required for pieces of furniture which are used on daily bases, and the customer requires a treatment that makes their furniture resistant to most domestic accidents as spills of hot or cold liquids. The process is preferable on modern pieces and recommended not to be undertaken on antique pieces.
This is perhaps the most common type of varnish used in furniture refinishing, and can provide a “in between option” from French polish to spray finish taking into account durability and aesthetics. It is generally applied with a brush and cut back between coats. It provides good durability for most frequently used items of furniture.
Wax is perhaps the most used product in our workshop. Waxing, indeed, is the least intrusive of all the finishes in antique furniture restoration, but provides sympathetic results on most items of wooden furniture. Wax, in the right quantity and as often as needed, can be used freely to clean your furniture, but also as a reviving product when necessary, with the added bonus that is very easy to use in most cases.