What we call “antique restoration” is a skilled process of renovating and/or restoring an old building, furniture, artwork, rugs, curios and other types of items, so that they can once again look similar to the state in which they originally were when they were made. And for something to be deemed an antique, it really should be a century or more old.

The wonderful art of restoration is usually undertaken out by a trained professional who does his or her best with the help of a combination of new and old materials to professionally restore any antique piece back to its former state of glory.

Experts Who Love Their Work

This kind of highly creative work is usually carried out by a skilfully trained professional, known as a restorer or conservationist. Such specialists can work as freelancers for the likes of private homes and artwork collections, or they are sometimes hired by museums of art and history. The necessary training will include a bachelor’s degree in art history or similar, plus a master’s degree in art, history or museum studies.

  • Museums and businesses naturally like to employ such people who have several years of experience in the field of antique restoration.
  • A restorer should have undergone a full apprenticeship with a professional restoration artist prior to offering themselves up for employment to any potential new candidates.
  • Conservation work can focus on one particular field of expertise, such as the restoration of artwork, or the reupholstering of antique furniture.

Various Methods of Achieving the perfect End Result

The process of antique restoration in Cambridgeshire includes various skills and the end product should be:

  • Precisely identical, or as near as is feasibly possible, to the original condition.
  • Functional without any worry of damage being caused.

For example:

  • Restored chairs and beds should be able to withstand someone’s weight and pressure.
  • Restored paintings can be hung anywhere for show.
  • Restored homes can be lived in or toured.

These many steps may involve:

  • The restoration of the finish on a piece of furniture or flooring,
  • The discarding of any scuff or burn marks from any surface
  • The replacing of damaged hardware like hinges, bolts, and screws.

If possible, the restorer uses as much of the original pieces material as possible.

Bringing the Past to Light

Antique restoration is sometimes completed by using new materials to replace damaged parts of the original antique piece. In matters of home restoration the work is often restricted to using things such as wallpaper patterns and paint colours that were around when the item or building was first constructed. Often, some people wish for the furniture to be reupholstered in fabric and thread designs that were around the time when the piece was originally manufactured.

These types of guidelines will make sure that the restorer confidently recaptures the look and feel of items as they would have originally looked a long while ago.