Hi. This is me, Peter, doing a bit of upholstery work on this chair. Welcome to my website. I hope you find everything you are looking for. The website is work in process and I do try to add things every now and then. Thank you. Peter.

Removing the old fabric

How it works

If you give me a call or email me with a photograph I can have a brief chat about what needs doing. I can then arrange a convenient appointment so I can have a good look, and then give you a quote. I do not charge for quoting.

Whilst I see you, I can let you know what needs doing, why I’m doing it and how much it will cost and how long the work is likely to take. I can also answer any questions you have. If you can email a photograph I can give you a rough idea of the cost but I will need to see the piece before I can set the price because of the variations of ages, styles and shapes and extent of the damage

I prefer to pick up the piece to work on in the workshop, but I can work on site if need be

All furniture is fully insured in transit and in the workshop

It’s always best to give me a call if you are thinking of popping over.

I cover the area of Kent, East Sussex and South East London

“Breathe some new life into your old furniture. What can be greener than that?”


Recycling and restoration is more important now than it’s ever been. Restoring your furniture is a superb way of keep things out of land fill and you are renovating them for the next generation. If you have a piece of antique furniture that’s been handed down to you that may have been in your family for generations it may have huge sentimental value and you don’t want it ruined by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. I’ve been self employed for 18 years with 29 years experience. If the antique furniture you have is inherited or if it’s a recent purchased because you love it, restoring it is a very green thing to do. You are improving and extending its life not just for yourself but for future generations. Restoring your old furniture is very important, however old, and it means more furniture isn’t going to be thrown into landfill. Furniture should not be disposable. Older furniture was built better and made to last. Most furniture can be restored again and again, especially upholstered furniture. Either the top fabric can be changed to keep up the the latest fashions or it can be brought back to a more traditional look, in keeping with its age. If you choose something modern it can always be changed back again in the future so don’t think you are spoiling it. When it comes to fabrics anything goes. Traditional materials are often the most environmentally friendly and I always keep this in mind. There are more environmentally friendly products on the market and I used them as much as possible. I can supply recycled fabrics such as recycled wool and recycled leather that is more eco friendly. Restoration is possibly one of the simplest greenest thing you can do. Furniture can last several lifetimes and helps reduce your carbon footprint.

Traditional upholstery is much more environmentally friendly than modern upholstery where foam and polyester (plastic) are used however there are now alternatives that can be recycled.

Filming BBC1’s Money For Nothing with Sarah Moore.
Filming whilst working on an Edwardian walnut tub chair
The finished Globe Wernicke barristers bookcase handed back to Sarah Moore.

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Peter Fournel Antique Restoration and Upholstery
17 Senacre Lane
Maidstone, Kent ME15 8HB