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 Fire and flood damage. For flood damaged furniture that needs restoring or repolishing. Restoration of fire damaged furniture including upholstery, french polishing and seat caning.  furniture repairs cornwall

Antique furniture restoration

Restorer and French polisher of old and new pieces, cabinet making veneering inlay French polishing, chair caning, upholstery and many other associated repair services. Also known as Riverside Restorations. Fire and flood restoration to antiques and insurance work regularly undertaken. Onsite  repairing and polishing service can be undertaken on those larger items such as large  antique bookcases, doors, staircases and balustrades, skirting and panelling. Collection and delivery service of your antique furniture can be arranged throughout the UK. Based in Lostwithiel Cornwall which is in the south west of England and with 35years experience in furniture repairs and polishing. Restoration  regularly carried out in Fowey, St Austell, Truro, Bodmin, Liskeard and Wadebridge.

Insurance claims for damaged furniture.

Many customers have accidental damage cover for  furniture and contents. Insurance assessments quotes and reports are regularly carried out.

Modern furniture restoration

This year has continued the demand for 20th century furniture needing restoration particularly that which was made in the 50s through to the 70s, Nathan, Ducal G Plan and Strongbow. The requirement is more in the realm of re-polishing rather than repair. Ercol  is also featuring regularly in our enquiries.

Items recently restored

 Repairs to an Edwardian sofa settee

 Strip and repolish set of three Ercol Pebble tables

Restoration service for furniture in Cornwall

Work in commercial premises.

Cornwall furniture restoration also known as Riverside Antiques and Restorations is also able to carry out a furniture repairs and refurbishment service to hotels, retirement homes, offices and reception areas. For all your  restoration and polishing requirements please do not hesitate to contact the above address

Advice on condition of antique furniture.

If you have items  that you are concerned about, I can make a visit and carry out repair inspections by appointment.

Burst pipes or flood damaged furniture

 If you have any flood or water damaged items in need of repair or restoration then please give me a call .

This is a restored victorian writing box

This Victorian walnut writing slope has been completely restored including replacement leather

This is the leathered interior of the restored box
chair caning service

Chair caning

 Now able to undertake items of furniture for recaning in Cornwall. This unusual chair had to be restored prior to reseating

a restored antique mahogany bureau

Restoration and polishing carried out on a good quality early nineteenth century mahogany Canterbury. There were two pieces of  beading missing, some loose casters and a few breaks and loose joints. One of the drawer knobs was also damaged and had to be re-turned. The Canterbury then had to be cleaned back, grain filled and French polished.

Furniture restoration

I have been involved in repairs and polishing of antique furniture in Cornwall for the past 35 years and have restored items from the early 17th century through to the 21st century. The restoration involves hard, physical work. Job satisfaction in my opinion only comes at the end of a project when the restorer casts his eye over the antique item and is satisfied that all the necessary  repairs and French polishing undertaken have brought the item of antique furniture up to a level that is both practically and visually pleasing. 

I will fully discuss all aspects of repair and restoration with you and special care will be taken with collection and delivery of the item. Collection and delivery of the item can be arranged not only in Cornwall but throughout the UK if required

Furniture restoration of a Victoria burr walnut card table

This beautiful Victorian burr walnut  card table had sustained water damage along the front edges and sides. One of the legs was also loose. After restoration was carried out the base was repolished with shellac and the whole table was waxed. the color of this card table was particularly good and the top was flat without sever damage. Burr walnut always has a distinctive grain pattern and was used from the end of the seventeenth century

another example of good antique mahogany furniture
another example of good Victorian furniture

Workshop or onsite

Normally it is better and easier for antique furniture restoration to be carried out at  the workshop in Cornwall. There are many reasons for this and include accessibility to all the restorers tools and clamps etc, all his polishes an tints and the use of a sturdy bench and vice. Also drying times for certain glues can be up to 48 hours. French Polishing  normally results in many coats being applied to the item over a period of many days. Quite often it is necessary to repair onsite in Cornwall with larger or fixed items. Whenever Cornwall furniture restoration are asked to work onsite we endeavor to keep the area as clean and tidy as possible and to cause as little disruption as is necessary.

Restoring the back of an ash country chair

This very pretty country chair was brought into me to have some major repairs done on the arm and back. It  has had some drastic repairs carried out some time ago. The furniture restoration was somewhat clumsily done, although the break was severe and drastic, measures had to be taken to strengthen the joint. To see the finished result please  scroll down the french polishing  page

This Victorian Teapoy wasrestored and then french polished. To see other examples please visit our French polishing page

restoration needed to an old ash chair
restoration of an alter table from a church in Cornwall

Restoring a damaged church altar table

This table is quite large in size. It had the top covered with a sheet of plain glass which had allowed liquids to creep under the edges and stain the table top. Also the top had started to shrink and crack and black mould was residing in the crevices. The top had to be removed and dismantled so that the boards could be planed, glued and cramped. The top was then sanded down  prior to refinishing.

Collection and delivery service

Royal Cornwall Museum cabinets

Restoration of cabinets in the Rashleigh Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum Truro.

a beautiful restored early eighteenth century walnut chest of drawers

Restoration of an antique chest of drawers

furniture restoration

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