Best ad­vice to save you time and money

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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