Wallrocks Restoration Gallery – Some like their antiques gleaming and others prefer a more subtle original look. Determining how an antique will look after it has been restored is not always easy – even for a well trained eye. To make this easier for our clients, Wallrocks have compiled a number of different galleries of our furniture before and after they were restored, to give clients a guide as to how our French, English and Italian antiques can be custom restored to suit individual client tastes and to see how they do transform. We buy most of our pieces in original condition – that is un-restored. This allows us to verify authenticity which is important, and means clients can customise the pieces to their own specific requirements. Browse our portfolio below.
This 19th century French sofa was overlooked for a long time - restored and recovered in this fabulous fabric it was an instant hit.
Unless it's 'shabby chic' that you're after, it's necessary to see through the old decoration to how a piece can be re-invigorated.
Making 19th century furniture work for a modern world is necessary. This client requested that we carve in a back rail and deep button this day bed to make a beautiful sofa that could be used on a daily basis.
A clean and polish along with some modern upholstery has given these elegant armchairs the chance of a new life.
Already in good original condition this Second Empire desk chair has brightened up beautifully with a clean and polish. Just in need of a new leather seat to complete the picture.
A beautiful weaved geometric was selected for the outside panels of this chair and a stunning jacquard for the inside. The gilded frame was cleaned and the result was quite startling.
We knew how special these chairs were when we bought them, however they'd been over-painted with green/gold paint and it was going to take a client with a fair amount of imagination or knowledge to understand what they were before they were restored. That client did walk in one day, and sure enough, as we were stripping off the original fabric, written on the calico cover was...
Restoring these chairs was painstaking work, as underneath all the dirt lay the original 23 ct gold leaf, and removing the dirt without removing the gilt is no small ask. We achieved it though and to fabulous effect.
Famous 19th century English furniture designer and cabinetmaker.
A very gentle clean resulted in wonderful original gold leaf
A beautiful classic fabric has given these chairs a new lease on life
It takes a good eye to see the quality piece hiding under a century of neglect. What a joy to see it restored to its former glory.
Magnificent 19th century French Second Empire mahogany and brass pedestal desk respectfully restored with traditional techniques, this office beauty emerged from the workshop last week looking mighty fine.
Cleaned, repolished and new leather
Restored by hand in our onsite workshop
Cleaned, re-polished and new leather.
This beautiful inlaid commode was covered in old polish that had lost its translucency over time from age and exposure to sunlight. A clean and re-polish revealed what lay beneath.
We bought this bed complete with royal blue velvet cover. It was overlooked for two years until one client with a fantastic imagination saw through what it was to how it could be.
Another stunning transformation from our restoration workshop
Cleaned and repolished
Being able to look past the surface to believe in what lies underneath
Simple clean and polish makes a very big difference