Jason’s arm chairs were in need of some TLC, they were clinging on but luckily they were a much loved part of the family and could not be parted with. Jason came to us to help bring these guys back from the brink and returned to former glory. We love projects like this as we can always see the potential and beauty in these mid-century pieces, don’t tell anyone but the more ‘beat-up’ the chair sometimes the better it is for restoration purposes. Usually in these cases all the joints are in good condition it is just the glue that has dried out over the years, so they fall apart ready to be repaired and restored.
The restoration process started by completely dis-assembling the frames and cleaning out all the remnants of the old glue. With a few taps of the rubber mallet the joints came cleanly apart, then using sharp chisels we stared the process of cleaning out the joints, this can be time consuming but essential for a good new bond. Its always worthwhile at this stage marking the joints especially when you are working on a pair of chairs, when faced with a deconstructed set of chair parts you want to make sure the right part is going in the right slot!
Once the joints were all cleaned we set about re-gluing the chair frame. Which was then clamped and left overnight to set. We then started to re-oil the frame with a linseed oil mix, which cleans and adds life and luster back to aging timber.
New foam cushions, and modern commercial grade Warwick upholstery chosen by our client and these guys were back in the land of the living. We gave the timber three costs of oil mix with a final surface treatment of traditional wax finish and hey presto the restoration of this pair of beautiful mid-century arm chairs was complete, fully repaired, restored and re-upholstered.
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