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Ercol furniture preservation & restoration in Oxfordshire

Ercol furniture preservation & restoration is a wonderful pastime. Everyday is a school day but more fun, an endless  journey of learning new skills & techniques. We often say we could write a book based on our experiences. Importantly we have learnt that not all finishes are suitable for Ercol furniture. Working with Ercol furniture is a woodworkers dream, their well chosen timbers are durable & forgiving. 

Our preparation is exactly the same for every piece of furniture. Each piece is thoroughly cleaned before the old finish can be removed, this helps to prevent dirt getting into the timber whilst removing the old lacquer & wax. This is removed by hand sanding, we do not use chemical strippers or any materials  harmful to the environment. Whilst removing the old lacquer we are not attempting to remove the history from a piece by sanding through to the bare wood,  just provide a receptive surface for the new lacquer. The finish used will differ depending on the final use of the furniture.

Just like the original Ercol process, the finish is applied in several coats, hand sanding  between in each coat.  When the finish has suitably cured, the furniture is waxed & polished.Looking beautiful again it is now ready for a new home, to be enjoyed for many more years to come.

Not every piece of furniture requires attention. We have seen plenty of beautiful items which have been lovingly looked after over many years. The secret is to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight & heat. Spills should be wiped from the surfaces as soon as possible. An occasional wipe with a damp cloth with a mild detergent is fine, just remember to dry immediately. A good quality beeswax applied no more than twice a year will provide ample protection. Avoid normal household polishes which can damage the surface.

If you are thinking of trying your hand at Ercol furniture restoration or repairs to your own items, we can offer some advice so you can avoid some common mistakes. Get in touch we would love to hear from you. We are sure you will find the journey as rewarding as we do.

Simply Ercol

 

 

The dresser looks fabulous

Thank you so much Sue & Sena. The dresser looks fabulous. It makes the rest of the kitchen look shabby. Can you paint that as well? Thank you so much for delivering in person, that was a nice unexpected touch. Thanks again Charlotte
Mrs Charlotte Fuller, Thetford

Fantasic renovation thank you so much

The chairs look fabulous. Can't believe they are same ones. I am sure our pebble tables will look just as good. More than happy to recommend your service.
Ann & Paul Berisford, Chipping Norton

Dining table

Gorgeous Ercol plank table - wonderful people who bent over backwards to be flexible on delivery timings and to take the table apart (and reassemble!) when it wouldn't fit through my hallway. Thank you!
Hannah Blackford, Bristol

Ercol Plank Table & Chairs

Beautiful table and chairs. Looks like they've been lovingly brought back to life, grain and wood is beautiful. Delivered on time and great communication throughout from Sena and Sue.
Matthew Nicholas, Newport, United Kingdom

Ercol Dining Chairs

Fantastic chairs, really helpful seller that responded to all questions quickly and delivered the chairs quickly.
Alex Pearson, Halesoween

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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