Sometimes “out with the old and in with the new” is quite simply not the right way to go! Andrew Nebbett Designs grew from a hearty love and appreciation of antique pieces of furniture and works of art and the preservation of history and heritage is something we are rather passionate about. The life of an item of furniture in many ways, like that of a person, can often be imagined through visible characteristics and they tend to tell a story (rightly or otherwise), evoking emotions and imagination. The appeal of original craftsmanship and the way materials and pieces evolve is intriguing and addictive!
As a team, we embrace projects which give us the opportunity to either restore historical pieces to their former glory or inject new life into an item from a long-gone era – both give us great pleasure.
Unsurprisingly therefore, we were delighted when a long standing client approached us with one such piece which needed a helping hand to shine once again for its owner! We were asked to revitalise an antique wash stand (circa 100 years old) which had seen better days. The timber base on which the wash bowl was placed had become damaged and lacked a certain “je ne sais quoi…” that the rest of the unit exuded. The goal was to hide the lacklustre base, which was structurally sound, with something which wouldn’t look out of place and would blend harmoniously with the unit, appearing as if it had been there for decades. Most importantly, the addition would bring a fresh vibrancy to the unit.
A zinc cladding, patinated to give a certain level of ageing (which would continue to evolve through use) and also to bring character that worked with the personality of the wooden stand was chosen. The finished wash stand is every bit as characterful as we had imagined and most importantly – the client was very happy!
If you have a special piece of furniture that you simply love and cannot bear to get rid of, but are perhaps unsure about the best way to adapt, restore or repair it – contact our team to talk through ideas and possibilities… we’re here to help.
Reviving and Renewing Vintage Furniture
We totally understand that some period pieces are just not suitable as they are for some modern uses and settings. We can help you to keep the aspects you love and improve those areas you are not so keen on!
Reinvigorating Period Furniture
Maybe the material is no longer as glorious as it once was, perhaps there is damage to a piece or quite possibly the item just doesn’t have what it needs any more. What ever the reason, we can help!
Restoration of Antique Furniture
Not all antique pieces of furniture are equal, as we all know. It is with this in mind that our team can advise you on whether carrying out an adaptation of a piece of furniture is a good idea, or whether it may be better to consider its value as it is. Ask our team if you would like this kind of advice.
Customising Old and Antique Pieces Of Furniture
Not all customisations are a good idea! Our team of experts can steer you through the considerations to make when looking to change, restore, improve and customise your period, antique and vintage furniture.
Restoration of Vintage and Antique Tables
Big or small, old or really old, we know exactly how to approach this kind of project, with respect, know-how and the ability to listen carefully to our client. Contact us to understand how we can help.