For the last few weeks, I have been back to college to learn about furniture restoration.
My project for the first half of the term has been a beautiful set of Ercol Pebble tables. These tables came to us in a fairly sad state and my aim was to bring them back to life.
I am really enjoying the course so far. I have learnt about how to strip wood of damaged polish and varnish, how to use white spirit and meths to clean the wood and most importantly, I have learnt that furniture restoration is a labour of love. It takes time and cannot be rushed. As our tutor says ‘…restoration is all about Patience and Preparation..’
The Ercol Pebble Tables are in still restoration now, but thought you would like to see their progress so far.
The tables came to us with broken varnish and water stains.
I started with the large Ercol table, as this was the one that had the most damage. First step was to clean and chemically strip the old varnish off the table. I did this using Nitro Mors (horrid stuff, wear heavy duty gloves for this!)
I was warned by our tutor that the original 1960’s Ercol varnish may take a few goes of chemical stripping and he wasn’t wrong! After 4 goes with nitro mors, the varnish finally lifted. The table was then cleaned with wire wool and white spirit and left to dry.
So, after 3 weeks of patience and preparation, the large table was given its first coat of button polish. This will need to dry and then after half term the French polishing can begin.
The medium and small tables will now follow the same process. They have been stripped and are currently drying.
Once these tables have been restored to their original beauty, they will be for sale on our website. If you are looking for a set of Ercol pebble tables, we have a set for sale(in good original condition) on our website.
I will be writing about the progress of my course and share with you the finished Ercol pebble tables and any future projects.
Fish4Junk hope to be able to offer a Restoration Service in the New Year. Watch this space!
If you have any questions on this blog, send me a message. I'd love to hear from you.