A World of Old

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We make many pieces of furniture from reclaimed timber which makes each item unique. There are always a selection of items available at our showrooms so please either phone or call in for the current stock. Reclaimed furniture can either be left plain or finished using any of the techniques below. If in doubt, we can advise on the most suitable way to protect your new purchase. We can also offer our made-to-measure service using reclaimed materials, please ask for details.


After the piece has been stripped and has dried thoroughly, it can be put through various finishing processes. After any necessary repairs and a light sanding to prepare the surface:

Oiling – Natural oils feed the timber and give a matt finish.

Hand waxing – Blended natural waxes applied and buffed to matt or more gloss finish any wax will nourish the timber – various shades can be used to give an initial colour then reapply clear wax as necessary to maintain the surface

Lacquering – A sprayed surface that will be hardwearing and waterproof.

French Polishing – Several layers of polish applied by hand with fine sanding between. This method takes time and is not very practical – any spills will ruin the surface! Usually used on cherished antiques.

Painting – A primer is applied then one or two coats of Farrow & Ball colour.
The final coat is a sealer to give a wipe-clean finish.

Distressing – A distressed finish is achieved by rubbing back colour layers to reveal as much or as little of the timber as preferred whilst keeping to the original look of the piece.

A World of Old Ltd - Company No. 06471175
Address: The Greenbarn at the Old Mill, Aylesbury Road (Nr.Wing) LU7 0PG
Opening Hours: 10 - 5pm Monday to Saturday - closed Sunday
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