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Restoration Conservation Refinishing

We repair all antique and modern furniture, large or small, and house joinery.

Appleyard Antiques has been restoring and conserving furniture and joinery for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on excellence at a fair price.
We prefer to keep antiques looking patinated and choose to revive old surfaces, if possible, but we will refinish if necessary.
We can take out surface stains and marks without disturbing the patina on your particular peice. 
We can also repair or remake anything broken, cracked, loose or missing altogether. 

Our conservation and restoration method protects, preserves, and restores timber pieces to the highest possible standard.
  • French polishing, surface revival and waxing
  • Colour tinting, bleaching and harmonising
  • Preservation, conservation and restoration of timber finishes
  • Complete refinishing using modern or traditional finishes
  • Joinery, turning and veneering repairs
  • Replacements and replicas made to order
  • House joinery restoration, including staircases, archives, skirting, floors, windows and doors.

    Please contact us for a free quote.

Case Study 1 - Oak Dining Table 

A client from the Southern Highlands left this large oak table outside under partial cover while his new house was being built, but the build took slightly longer than he anticipated...   

The table top suffered extensive weathering; cupping of the top boards and breaking of all joints. The finish was completely ruined and the timber had become the colour of a fence post.

Restoration entailed dismantling the top, replacing the end clamps which had both split, and uncupping the top boards in exactly the same way they had cupped: leaving them face down in the weather for many weeks.

After the sun had pulled them back into shape, the top boards were rejoined, reclamped and the whole table lightly sanded and refinished.

Case Study 2 - Mid 1800’s Walnut Chest of Drawers 

Sometimes you get a nice surprise.

Before buying this chest I could see the print-through of veneer and a nicely moulded top drawer under a layer or 2 of paint.

Careful hand stripping revealed a lovely figured walnut chest with vertical matched veneer and quartered top, complete with contrasting diamond fruitwood escutcheons.

The chest required some timber patching and regluing before light polishing and the addition of some bold period handles.