Best advice to save you time and money
No matter where these summer holidays take you, if you’re into traditional furniture there’s every likelihood you’ll come across a worthy restoration project. Something you can chip away at over the coming months, turning a neglected piece of furniture back into its original pristine condition.
Unfortunately, some projects can become larger than first thought and this is where the friendly advice and professional skills of Peter Feekes can come in handy. Peter is a craftsman, cabinet maker and owner of Acorn Furniture on Grey Street.
‘‘I often have customers asking for advice on restoring furniture and in many cases it may simply be a matter of stripping it back and carrying out some small repairs,’’ he says.
‘‘I sell the products for stripping and refinishing or if the work is a little more involved they can leave it with me to carry out the repairs and restoration.’’
Acorn Furniture stocks a range of paint stripper and finishing wax/ oil along with the essential steel wool.
‘‘The Paramose brand of stripper I sell is all you need to get rid of any old paint work. Let the stripper soak in then scrape of the bulk and use steel wool to remove the finer ingrained paint. It’s a simple yet very effective process and often the wood doesn’t even need any sanding before you apply the Woodoc finishing oil to give that lustrous finish back into your wood,’’ says Peter.
The Paramose stripper can be used on any painted or lacquered wood even veneered surfaces and also saves using a hot air gun which can sometimes leave damaging marks, especially on old wood.
Peter enjoys working with wood and can turn his hand to build or restore any wooden furniture even to the point of wood turning new legs to match broken table or chair legs. He is also kept busy making one-off custom designed furniture for customers, and in his spare time, Peter will make a few items for sale in the shop including bar stools, knife blocks, chopping boards and hall stands
Much of the furniture Peter makes is built from recycled native timbers including rimu, matai and totara.
‘‘These are hard-wearing woods and produce a really great finish with their unique colours and grains. A well-built piece of wooden furniture can add a real feature to any home and the furniture built from these woods is guaranteed to last for several generations at least, and all you have to do is wax/ oil the surface occasionally and they’ll come up like new again.’’
For the best advice and wood restoring products that get the job done, or for your piece of custom-built furniture, call in and see Peter at Acorn Furniture, 239 Grey Street, Palmerston North. Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Phone 356 5559 or check him out on Facebook.