This is an example of the sort of finish we can produce, and how second hand pieces of furniture and room accessories can be easily refreshed to suit contemporary tastes and decor. We bought this display cabinet from the British Heart Foundation shop for £15. The previous owner had attempted to give it a black laquer look by painting it in black gloss paint, in a rather slapdash manner. I removed the door handles, the small strip light and paint encased hinges, and began by sanding off the black paint. The original wood grain underneath was a machine made one so not very substantial. I ended up in places sanding more than the paint off. Once it was removed the surface took the Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone No 275 rather well, and the Liberon Neutral Wax Polish Black Bison as a finish.

I intended to remove the fake leading from the glass doors. However, I tried a few solvents, and then a glass scraper. It was as tough as Teflon and hard baked onto the glass. It just wouldn’t budge, so it would have to stay. I replaced the original period style handles, with some more modern cabinet handles from Homebase, and bought new hinges.