Jo has a background in Art and Design spanning more than 30 years. She is currently a freelance designer for the BBC in London, but loves to paint furniture more than anything!
Ben owns a renovation company specialising in plastering and decorating. With over 20 years experience in room design and colour, reworking furniture into something new is what he does best.
They have spent years learning various paint techniques, using a wide range of materials and researching the best products to provide an attractive and professional finish. They now mostly use Annie Sloan, Farrow & Ball, Rust-Oleum, Grand Illusions, Zinsser, Briwax, and Liberon.
Hand painting a second coat of Annie Sloan Graphite Grey on an antique oak headboard. This will be distressed and waxed.
Adding gold leaf to a newly painted antique oak headboard. The area to be gold leafed has already had size applied to it.
Adding more gold leaf to an antique Oak Headboard. This will then beclear waxed to provide a durable surface.
In order to remove years of dirt and dark varnish we sanded back the top to the original wood.
We used a rotating floor sander to remove the heavy varnish. We then hand sanded until we were happy with the finish.
Applying several coats of varnish remover and leave it to work for 20 minutes.
Once the varnish remover had worked it's magic, we gently scraped it off to reveal the original oak.
Whilst restoring an oak refectory table, we discovered that a peg was missing. So we made a new one.
Once the new oak peg was made we sanded it back to its correct dimensions and gave it a smooth final finish.
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