Expert Restoration Services

Whether a piece has been well looked after or not, antique & contemporary furniture may develop issues that require some attention for repair. These can range from basic cosmetic wear all the way to completely reconstructing a piece from scratch. Here at BPM Home, with many years of collective experience, we save these pieces and bring them back to their original beauty using sympathetic and various traditional methods. 

Dry Scraping

Commonly, an antique piece of furniture has been painted many times in its lifetime, sometimes even a different colour per decade. English pine furniture, ranging from the 18th right to the early 20th century, were often painted in wonderful decorative colours and even painted to look like more exotic expensive woods. Dry scraping involves delicately chipping many layers of paint off with numerous tools such as a chisel or sharp blade, eventually getting back down to the original paint coat. Often, the original paint has been well preserved by the other existing layers of paint and leaves a beautiful timeless look once finished. The process of dry scraping to reveal the original painted layers is a delicate and skilled craft. Despite the end being rewarding, this process can take endless hours and a test of patience. Time for completion can take a couple of days or for larger pieces it has been known to take up to a full month. This skilled technique brings to life a new piece with its own individual look, texture, and colour. 

Antique Pine

Stripped pine furniture has become increasingly popular over the past decades, a large majority of antique pine furniture we see was stripped decades ago. A high quantity of these pieces were stripped using caustic soda tanks which involves ‘dipping’ a piece into a tank for hours in an attempt to chemically eradicate any existing paints. While this process is basic and cost effective, on occasion these pieces were left in the tanks for too long and this affected the structural integrity as it removed existing glue. Frequently, when we receive a piece we need to do countless structural repairs that would prepare it for home use. Unfortunately, a lot of these pieces were repaired by local handymen and not repaired to last. We have to undo these repairs and fix them using more traditional methods. Natural patina is important to us, in this process we aim to keep as much of it as possible while still prepping the piece to be home ready and used for decades to come. 

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