We would like to let all our customers know that we are still open for business.
We take customer and employee safety very seriously at JM French Polishing and would like to reassure you that we are strictly following government guidelines regarding social distancing and are wearing face masks and gloves at all times while working.
We are also happy where possible to pick up furniture and carry out work in our workshops, so please call us to discuss.
Modern & Antique Furniture Repairs and Restoration...
Antique pieces of furniture are restored using traditional methods. We wash back the old surfaces instead of stripping in order to maintain colour and patination, and we usually polish with a button shellac to give a soft shine, then wax to finish.
We offer a restoration service for modern / contemporary furniture also. Items can be repaired or restored at your home or office, or taken to our workshop. Repairs include re-gluing, re-building, carving, and veneering. Restored furniture will of course then be polished to blend in with the original colour. Patination and shading can be faked to make the repair as invisible as possible.
... including Colour Matching
Our craftsman are highly skilled wood finishers with extensive experience in colour matching. Using stains and pigments it is possible to offer the customer the option to match any piece of furniture in the room.
French painted furniture revitalised
This French furniture had been painted white and was not looking its best. We chemically paint stripped and gently sanded to remove all trace of the previous finish. The customer provided us with a colour sample, and we were able to create a bespoke colour match to their specifications and re-finish. Next we French Polished by hand using a traditional shellac, and then applied a final finish with bees wax.
Our client says...
I wouldn't have believed that our furniture could have come up looking so beautiful and perfect - but it really has been restored to perfection! The process seems to be magic - it really works, and is very reasonably priced. Many thanks.
Damaged Oak coffer restored
The oak coffer below was fully restored on site at the customer's home. The two drawer faces were re-glued and the mouldings replaced. To enhance the beautiful natural colour of the coffer, the surface was washed back with mentholated spirit, polished with button polish and then waxed to a soft subtle sheen. The brass handles were then cleaned to finish.
Broken chairs repaired sympathetically
These chairs (known as 'Smokers Bows', 16 in total) arrived at our workshop in pieces. All of the back splats were either smashed or completely missing. After carefully re-gluing back together the pieces we did have, the back splats were repaired, and some were completely replaced. The chairs were then washed back and the repairs coloured to match the original shade. Soft polish was then applied to maintain the original waxy finish.
Modern and antique furniture brought back to its best
This Rose Wood veneered modern dining table was stripped and restored to its original colour, then hand lacquered and waxed to a satin finish. All of the work was undertaken at the customer's home in one day.
Wooden Bathroom Unit restored
The fitted bathroom furniture in this Surrey home had suffered sun damage. We stripped the old finish back to the wood, which was sanded, before applying two coats of hard wax oil.
Our client says...
Dear Jean-Marc, thank you for the excellent repair work you have done for our furniture. I am pleased to say it exceeded my expectations, in particular the three-seater sofa arm repair. It also got my wife's full seal of approval! Thank you and kind regards,Mr Fernando, Purley, Surrey
Conference table sympathetically restored
We sympathetically stripped this table to maintain the patination, and then traditionally hand French Polished the surface using a heat resistant shellac polish, to give a durable finish.
Our client says...
I was deeply impressed by the professionalism and the results, which speak for themselves: a dull conference table in barristers chambers which had been scratched and abused for ten years came up looking stunning. I'd say it came up like new, but that wouldn't be right - Jean Marc had the sensitivity to restore the piece until it looked like a beautiful antique, rather than 'plastic' and brand new. Jean Marc himself turned up on time, finished the work ahead of schedule, and left the room looking spotless. Highly recommended.Lucy McCormick, Temple, London