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With Christmas coming up quickly, we are receiving more requests weekly for kits to rectify wear and tear as well as total colour changes. This customer inherited a green couch from her father but she wanted it a different colour. What a makeover! Second hand furniture is relatively cheap to purchase and some folks are finding really nice pieces to restore just on the nature strip for free! So you may want to get your lounge ship shape for Christmas or perhaps you are looking for a project to do on your holiday break. Post Christmas is a good time to buy what others are casting off for new. Check out eBay, Gumtree and your local hard rubbish collection, then call us for a kit!

Mother and Son getting it done

One of our most recent DIY customers wished to restore a couple of chairs. This mum and son team did an amazing job restoring these heavily worn family heirlooms! While we are away for the holiday break, you can still enquire and send us your samples for colour matching. That way we can fill and [...]

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I want someone to buy me a Pony

While the real deal can be a large, long investment, rocking horses can be a lot more affordable. I find it fascinating when I find other craftsmen or they find me! David Reiss of Equine Manufacturing Co has been restoring rocking horses as long as I've been restoring leather. While my (very small) part was [...]

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Norwegian Kengu Chairs

These Norwegian Kengu chairs were produced between 1966-1988. When this customer brought the 2 chairs in, he was hoping we could salvage enough from the 2 to get one good chair. As these chairs are rare (approximately $2000 for the low back second hand), we took the time to save both of them!

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Sometimes it takes a little longer...

I had this antique desktop at my factory for 4 months to repair the stain issue on one side. As I do with most  projects as soon as they come in the door, I'm all enthusiastic with the new challenge and jump straight into it. And when issues occur, I also tend to slow right [...]

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Aniline leather conversion

With converting aniline leather to finished, it's all about preparation. This customer had oil stains and cat scratches on these couches. They initially contacted a competitor who said it couldn't be done! The advantage of  aniline conversions is it is possible to do colour modifications. This customer was looking for a darker colour and chose this colour off [...]

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keeping a steering wheel original

This steering wheel was shipped to us for restoration as it was a fairly rare Walkinshaw Momo steering wheel that the customer didn't want to recover. It had lots of pH damage that needed repair and a refinish to bring back to near new. Our product Super Seal Filler features a lot in these steering [...]

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Bringing Old Life to New Leather

This 1949 Riley Roadster seat for me for some reason produced a mental block. Maybe it was the paradox that I'm usually trying to make old worn leather look better and in this case it's the other way around. It's been an off and on again 6 month thing with it sitting in the corner [...]

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Pull up tidy up

This pull up leather couch has seen a lot of family activity over the years and was in need of an overall overhaul. Being a type of unfinished leather, it had accumulated a lot of oil in the head and armrest areas. Once the oil had been extracted, we converted it to a finished leather. [...]

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Mega Makeover Month

September has come and gone and we recorded our second best month ever! At times our floor space was so crammed with projects that it was like a maze to get from A to B through a pathway of gaps between couches! Not only were we busy in the factory, but you DIYers were busy [...]

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