Oakes RestorationFurniture restoration specialist

Superb restorations on all items

Oakes Restoration is a very experienced and well established company that restores antiques with workshops based very near Hertford. Established in 1991, Oakes Restoration has seen its one stop restoration shop grow in popularity due to owner, David Oakes's very capable and highly experienced knowledge and skills in restoration. Oakes Restoration undertake all types of restoration and conservation work, to the very highest standards, from start to finish. David Oakes travels predominantly across Hertfordshire to view pieces but he is willing to cross the nation to evaluate furnishings, dedicating all of his time and ensuring a job is done right and more importantly it's done right the first time. 


David Oakes’ interest in antiques and furniture began at a young age. David started sourcing items at auction and restoring them for sale from his stall in Hertford market or to local antique dealers. As David's hobby grew, so did his collection of fabulous antiques. David was even allowed to display his antiques by his employer at that time who was a furniture retailer. David's reputation grew and so did his loyal clientele who enjoyed viewing damaged items bought from auction and see them sympathetically restored to their former glory. People would always comment on the quality of the restoration and before he knew it David Oakes started to get private clients and trade commissions to undertake restoration projects. The restoration work overtook buying and selling and the once hobby became a business. David has never looked back and loves what he does.


Oakes Restoration now has two very well equipped workshops that are stocked with ancient veneers and timbers, turtle shell, mother of pearl, ivory, every lock and escutcheon imaginable. David has equipment that is capable of undertaking any task from cutting the finest of veneers to undertaking full commissions for bespoke cabinet making from the drawing board to finished article.

List of Services

If you need something restored then David from Oakes Restoration is your man. His technical skills are outstanding and he will guide you through what he will do to restore your artefacts back to life. David's services include French Polishing, Spray Finishing, High Gloss Wet Look, Polyurethane, Structural Repairs, Cabinet Making, Veneering, Boulle Work, Leather Lining, Marquetry, Paruqetry, Re-upholstery, Oil Finishing, Caning & Rushwork, Carving & Turning, Floor Refurbishments, Clock Restoration & Servicing and Repairs to Metal Artefacts.


To understand better the joy David has created restoring items for clients, read just a few of the fantastic testimonials that David's clients have written about him and the work he has done.

Mrs W. from Hatfield writes: "I have known David Oakes for many years and he has restored my precious antiques, including Hepplewhite chairs, a pair of French inlay desks, a Regency Carlton house desk and a Chippendale Chinese grandfather clock. I recommend him most highly for his skill, attention to detail and the great care he takes."

Mrs C.W. from Essendon writes: 'Dear David, Thank you for your careful work, manner and friendly approach to the work, us and the house, very delighted with finish.' 

Mr & Mrs E. from Hertford writes: "Thank you David for the work you have carried out on our dining furniture; we are delighted with the end result. My Mother-in-Law is particularly thrilled to see it restored to its former glory."

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  • Sun 9am - 5pm
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