The preparation of furniture before adding polish is essential, all grease and glue removed and all old damaged polish finely sanded, holes and cracks filled with wax or a brummer powder. When all the above is correct then it's time to add basic colour in the form of a stain! The chair on the right in the photo has been stained, the other chair is at sanded stage.
When a shop is empty in the Netherlands, often they will put art up to make a more interesting look. This is a real nice vintage pic with a classic looking granny bike leant against it.
The removal of grease on antique furniture is one of the early stages of restoration. Over the years it builds up and forms a thick black layer, this has to be removed not only for the look but it can affect the polish applied later. This involves using turps and fine wire wool to slowly break down the grease, once dried then a fine sanding pad removes the last bit and it's ready to be stained.
One of my frames I did as a gift. Glued old watch parts to a Victorian photo, then backed it on vintage 1930s material and placed it in an old picture frame.
Old watch parts and Victorian photos go together so well!
A vintage child's pram and porcelain doll we purchased from a small second hand shop in the Netherlands, bargain for €12.50! Great creepy addition to our room.
The main ingredients to polishing antiques the traditional way, my hand made rubber for application and my mix of Shellac polish and colour tint. Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It's use can be traced back for thousands of years but it's use for furniture came much later at around 1550-1650. It's a slow process of applying thin layers and then melting it into the wood grain.
This is an old pine Cupboard that I uplifted to go in our bedroom. Simple Black and White tones are complimented by the re-stained Pine legs. Finished with a spray gloss for slight sheen and protective coat.