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Leather Repair and Restore

Furniture Repair and Restore

Vintage furniture, dining chairs and more

Furniture repairs

Leather repair service for almost any type of furniture. If there is a leather component, it is likely, I can mend it.

The exception is standard lounge suites and sofas, which I do not undertake.

Have a look at my Before and After page for other repair and restoration work I have done.

Types of repair and restoration

Please refer to my Repair and Restore page for more details about the types of repair and restorations that I do.

For all my work, be it repairs or bespoke creations, you will get care instructions for your article.

Get it done

When you contact me we will discuss exactly what can and can't be done and we will agree on what will be done.

Contact me to discuss your project. 

 

In these examples below, you can click on the buttons for each article to see more photos of the work done.

6 Dining chairs refurbished

6 Dining chairs refurbished

The first 6 of 14 late 19th century dining chairs. These chairs originally had wicker, which was removed and replaced with leather decades ago. The leather had deteriorated. I replaced the foam and leather.

Replace front covers with new leather covers on 10 drawers

Replace front covers with new leather covers on 10 drawers

These are cardboard drawers with a leather face. The leather got damaged during a move. Here, I removed the old leather and replaced with new gilded leather provided by Ron Berry at https://www.desktopleatherlinings.co.uk/

Leather inlay for Carlton round table

Leather inlay for Carlton round table

This rather large and beautiful rotating games table got wet from rain due to a leak in the roof. The leather had discoloured and rotted. A new leather inlay was made with gold gilding around the edges provided by Ron Berry at https://www.desktopleatherlinings.co.uk/. My job was removing the old leather and laying on the new.

Standard Lamp re-leathering

Standard Lamp re-leathering

A lovely standard lamp, made with metal tubing wrapped in leather. The old leather had deteriorated and was torn. New leather was hand dyed then hand stitched on. Finally, the brass fittings were cleaned and polished.

Piano Seat Renovation

Piano Seat Renovation

This piano seat needed re-upholstering as the original material was torn. The customer chose a colour similar to an armchair in the same room. This was sanded down and French polished. The seat has new foam and pull-up aniline leather.

Painted Screens repair and restoration

Painted Screens repair and restoration

These beautiful painted screens were damaged, having tears and fold lines. I replaced the leather around the edges, put backing on the canvas to prevent further tearing and added 'bottoming' cloth on the backs to finish the look.

19th century Italian Savonarola chairs

19th century Italian Savonarola chairs

The oldest items to have come my way. 19th century carved walnut folding scissors Savonarola chairs featuring hand tooling in the leather. Typical of the Italian Renaissance with a carved Florentine structure . This pair, created in the 19th century, most likely 1840's-1850's, are in good condition. The wood was in good health, but the leather was damaged. I did not want to replace the leather, in order to keep these as original as possible. I lined the underside of the seat and the backrest. It is the lining that takes the strain, helping to prevent further tearing of the leather.

Korium Chair Leather Seat Repair

Korium Chair Leather Seat Repair

This seat is from a Korium chair. The leather was torn along the stitches, typical of this type of furniture. The old leather was removed and replaced with new veg tanned leather, stitched, dyed and finished, all by hand.

Desk and two tables with new Leather Inlays

Desk and two tables with new Leather Inlays

New leather inlays for a desk and two wine tables (actually, they are antique vase stands now used as side tables). The inlay was supplied and gold embossed by Ron Berry at https://www.desktopleatherlinings.co.uk/

Repaired Pouffes with new Turks head and button knot tassels.

Repaired Pouffes with new Turks head and button knot tassels.

I made and added tassels to replace the old ones and treated the leather. You can see the difference between the treated (darker) and untreated (lighter) leather.

Camel Stool repair and restore

Camel Stool repair and restore

The leather binding (made from rawhide) hand deteriorated, dried out and hand become brittle. The new binding was made from natural veg tanned leather.

Workshop or Bar Stool seat replacement

Workshop or Bar Stool seat replacement

This is a simple Workshop/Bar Stool, which was covered in PVC. Inspired by Bettega Vaneta, I decided to replace the original cover with this woven pattern. I cut the legs a bit shorter in order to turn it into my sewing stool when I need to machine stitch.

14 Woven Chairs Seats and Back Restoration

14 Woven Chairs Seats and Back Restoration

All leather was replaced with an Italian aniline veg tanned hide. The weave and lacing were redone in the same style as the originals. Leather feet replaced the missing or damage felt feet.

Chair Sample Seat Refurbishment

Chair Sample Seat Refurbishment

This client had a sample done by a leather worker, which was badly done. I was asked to do a sample on one chair. This required choosing the right leather for the job, cutting and splitting the strips, weaving and replicating the lacing. The torn and worn felt feet were replaced with leather feet. I am glad to say that I got the contract for all 14 chairs!

Leather Camp Chair Repair and Restore

Leather Camp Chair Repair and Restore

A folding camp chair with leather arms, seat and back needed minor repairs and a stain removed from the seat. Stains are particularly difficult to remove (and often can't be removed) from leather. This is because leather soaks up liquids deep into the fibres.

Chinese Chair Repair and Restore

Chinese Chair Repair and Restore

Chinese Chair. Ok, it doesn't have any leather - but - what a wonderful piece it turned out to be after sanding, repairing and staining.

African Pouffe Repair and restore

African Pouffe Repair and restore

The top was replaced with hair on hide leather provided and the bottom strengthened. The lacing was replaced and holes in the base had eyelets installed to prevent further tearing. The pouffe was finally colour and was treated.

Chair Corner Straps Repair and Restore

Chair Corner Straps Repair and Restore

The leather had hardened in places, had stains and the straps needed replacing. The stains and hardness were treated and the old leather straps and hardware replaced

Leather Chair Repairs and Restore

Leather Chair Repairs and Restore

The leather had dried out, faded and worn thin. The arms of the chairs were broken at the joints. They were about to go to the skip until the client decided to try and get them fixed up.

I stripped off the old leather, repaired the arms and then recovered them with natural veg tanned leather, hand dyed to the colour with a bespoke dye made for me.

The lacing you see replicated the original lacing seen in the originals. The rivets used also replicated what was used on the originals.

The dye used was mixed for me by Northants Leather Chemicals Limited.

Vintage Period chairs Renovations

Vintage Period chairs Renovations

These nursing chairs had been refurbished in the past. Here, I stripped them down and re-covered with leather.

Foot Stools renovation and repairs

Foot Stools renovation and repairs

Renovated foot stools. They were stripped down and the legs sanded and french polished. The covering is in genuine shearling.

Chaise Lounge Repair and Restore

Chaise Lounge Repair and Restore

This Chaise was rebuilt from the frame up. All old materials were removed. The frame was sanded and French Polished before rebuilding with new foam, dacron and leather.

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