Furniture restorer, French polisher, caner, rusher, gilder, South London, SW16 | E & A Wates Interior Specialists

Restoring furniture for generations

020 8769 2205 
82-84 Mitcham Lane, London SW16 6NR

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E & A Wates Ltd closed on Friday 14 May 2021

Our gilder restoring an antique picture frame at E & A Wates.

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Cabinet making & repair

Detail of our cabinet-maker's hand plane in our workshop.

French polishing

Detail of our French polisher at work on a dining table in E & A Wates' restoration workshop.

Marquetry & veneers

Detail of an intricate inlaid wood bed frame restored in E & A Wates' workshop.


Detail of our cabinet maker restores an antique instrument.

Rushing & caning

Detail of a dining chair being recaned in E & A Wates' workshop.

Heritage & conservation

Detail of an important heritage staircase being restored in situ by E & A Wates.

E & A Wates furniture restoration workshop is now closed, full details here

At E & A Wates we provide a full restoration service for every needy piece of furniture from Jacobean through to 20th century designs.

French Polishing
With three options of French polishing work available we can strip and repolish a badly damaged piece, clean and revive or simply touch in and wax lesser damage.

Cabinet restoration
We are happy to spend time providing solutions for everything from making new leaves for a table to creating replica chairs or proposing new marquetry to overcome a badly burnt surface. Many are the times when we’ve restored a dinner party victim!

Caning, rushing and
We also provide these increasingly rare skills.

Ideas and advice

Please email us a photo and rough measurements of your furniture and we will be able to give you some restoration options and a guide to price.
We can also visit your furniture in situ, please call to make an appointment.

Collection and delivery
E & A Wates can collect and deliver your furniture, or you can drop off and collect your furniture anytime during opening hours,
please check our frequently asked questions here, we have customer parking behind our showroom. 

Heritage and conservation

Our skilled craftspeople provide restoration work for arts and heritage organisations and properties of historic or architectural special interest. Please call us to discuss your project.

Workshop tours
The restoration workshops are occasionally open to the public by arrangement.

Watch our furniture restorers at work
Take a virtual tour around our workshops here

French polishing and cabinet making in the restoration workshop

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