Beginning Restoration - The Principles of Restoration


If you want to enjoy antiques as a hobby, preserve family heirlooms, restore, repair, care for your own collection, or start a business for the repair and restoration of antique wood furniture, this is for you.  If you have no experience with antique furniture, start here.  This is a beginner course.  It is better that you know very little, than to be full of all the wrong concepts you may have learned from other well meaning sources. You will learn the basics of conservation and restoration for antique furniture in easy to understand terms.  The same information is used by museums.  The goal is to protect and minimize deterioration to keep antique furniture in its' original state and prolong its' existence.  Antiques require proper care to protect them from various potential hazards in a home.  Your home is not a museum, but you can continue to use, enjoy and safeguard your antiques.  Learn how to protect your antiques.  Learn how popular finishes of the 1700's, 1800's and early 1900's were created.  What is proper repair.  This knowledge can be applied to your own antique furniture. 

This course consists of 2 volumes for a total of4 DVDs playable worldwide.  The total approximate playing time is 226 minutes.  A detailed 37 page course manual is included.  The price was $89.95 plus shipping.  This course is now being offered as part of the special 3 course bundle for one low price of $189.  Free shipping anywhere worldwide.


A few of the many topics covered in the courses:

  • Repairing parts using historically accurate period materials.
  • Restore and repair furniture finish problems.
  • Learn how popular 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th century finishes were created.
  • How to color match sections of finish to match the existing finish.
  • How to recreate stains, dyes and other colorants using period materials.
  • Addressing common antique furniture problems.
  • Restore missing areas of finish using historical materials.
  • How to reverse improper repairs.
  • Recognize inappropriate restorations and repairs.
  • Learn to perform museum quality restorations.
  • Learn the way it was traditionally done 100-300 years ago.
  • Understanding furniture construction methods.
  • Wood surface preparations for antique furniture.
  • How to recreate historical finishes using period materials.
  • Recreate and use old time formulas and methods.
  • Work with common woods used in antiques.
  • How to repair dents, gouges, scratches and broken chips using the old methods.
  • Using old world adhesives to perform historically accurate repairs.
  • How to care for your antique furniture.
  • How to protect an existing finish from further damage.
  • Judging antique furniture.
  • Learn to recognize fakes and forgeries.  
  • Best places to find quality antique furniture.
  • Step by step methods used by the old masters.
  • How to clean and protect an antique finish..
  • Where to buy the old materials that were used in the 17th through 20th centuries.
  • Tools used to perform antique repair and restorations.
  • A tool and material list is provided along with the sources of these supplies.
  • Where to find out of print books that contain valuable information about antique restoration and repair.

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