Reglazing & Mirrors
John Bennett – 7th June 2013
One of those jobs I tried to do myself and wished I hadn't! I had a broken panel of glass in a bookcase door. Nightmare to get out and broke a second panel in the process. Glad I found these guys who knew what they were doing. John.
We are able to replace most types of broken glass and mirror from small frames to complex beaded glazed doors. We can reproduce and replace astragal mouldings and other glazing bars, too. Mouldings tend to be very fragile on antique bookcases and can often suffer damage when the glass is broken.
Old putty holding in the glass into the frame becomes almost rock-hard over time and the essential process of removing it is almost always tricky, delicate and frequently time-consuming.
We can supply bevelled or plain glass, shaped or mirrored and even toughened and laminated glass for shelving and table tops.
• We can't repair broken glass and glue it or put it back together. As far as we're aware, this is impossible.
• Unfortunately, there seems to be almost no one around who will re-silver mirrors these days.
• If you have simply broken a plain piece of mirrored glass in a standard frame, it's likely to be more cost effective going to your local glazier, than using us to do it.
• We can repair hand mirrors, but only if they're made from wood. We avoid working on silver, brass or other decorative metal hand-mirrors.
We've squirrelled away old glass retrieved from other pieces of furniture, so are sometimes able to replace old broken glass in important pieces, with genuine hand-rolled glass saved from old furniture.
We can replace small areas of damaged lead-work when needed and although usually expensive, have a range of suppliers at our disposal for unusual shapes and curved profiles.
PAYING US A VISIT TO DISCUSS A POTENTIAL RESTORATION PROJECT
If you want to pop-in to discuss a potential repair, rather than emailing with photos or telephoning, then please stick to weekdays as our restorers only work Monday to Friday and our general shop staff are not restoration experts.
DROPPING OFF FOR REPAIR OR COLLECTING COMPLETED ITEMS
If we've already given you an estimate for the repair or restoration of your furniture and asked you to bring it into the workshop, you can do so from our Islington workshop, 7 days a week, Monday - Saturday 10-6 and Sundays 11-5. Similarly, if we've completed the restoration and told you it's ready, you can also collect during these times, without appointment.
IMPORTANT - You can't leave items without our having already given you a price and scheduled your work, as our workshop has limited storage space - so please don't bring things in on spec and hope to be able to leave them. You'll get turned away and then be cross with us - and we don't want that ;)
We can help - ask for a free estimate now!
Start off by emailing us some photos, as we can usually provide an estimate from them - and after that, if you would prefer to arrange for us to visit your home or office you can contact us;
Click below or send photos to • [email protected],
by 'phone on • +44 (0) 20 7359 4281,
or in person by visiting our workshop at • 121-122 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QPEmail Us
Not sure if it's something we would restore?
Don't feel embarrassed to ask. If you're not sure what you've got, can't identify the wood, don't recognise the age or period -
don’t worry, that's our job, not yours and we're very good at it too! We're here to provide you with free, honest advice.
We'll tell you what it is, where it's from and whether or not it's worth restoring. We really can restore most things -
you'd be surprised at the state of things we've been able to rescue.
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