ercol windsor 203 with footstool

Restoration Examples

We often get asked for examples of the work that we have done to restore midcentury furniture. I have attached a selection of before and after photos here. I will expand this blog very shortly to include some more details about these pieces and the techniques that we employ for restoration.

Commission to restore and reupholster 2 x Ercol 203s, matching footstool and table

These two chairs and footstool had been in the same family for many years, having been passed down to a second generation. Whilst they were structurally sound the finish was in poor condition, the frames had been chewed by the dog, the webbing was old and both cushions and covers needed to be replaced. The finished articles, along with a new table that we supplied, look absolutely wonderful.



A commission to restore and reupholster an Italian desk chair from c 1950

This chair was handmade in northern Italy in the early 1950s. It was in very poor condition but, as the “after” picture shows, it was restored to its former glory. The old finish was removed and several loose joints were repaired. The upholstery was removed, the springs cleaned and the chair was fully upholstered in the traditional manner. A very pleasing result.

This is the chair before restoration


And this, the same chair after restoration

Italian chair c1950 after

German Gothic revival dining chairs

These chairs were acquired by us in very poor, but sound condition. They were refinished and reupholstered in a more modern fabric and were quickly snapped up by a very happy customer.

Before restoration

German art deco before

And after restoration

German art deco after

Two commissions for Ercol 203s

The following two Ercol chairs were sent to us from different customers, both needing a complete refinishing and reupholstery. The finish was removed from both chairs (by hand, as always) and new finish (a blend of natural oils and waxes) was then applied. We discussed upholstery options with each customer, sending samples and looking at their existing decor. When completed, both chairs looked absolutely wonderful.

The two before restoration

grey ercol 203 before green ercol before

And the two after restoration

grey ercol 203 after green ercol after

And to finish. We don’t have any “before” pictures of these two chairs – we acquired them for a customer who wanted them for a holiday home. Both were completely refinished and reupholstered and are now very happy in their idyllic home on the north Devon coast.

pair of ercol 203s after


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