Since 1990, Kilmister Furniture Restoration has been restoring and repairing furniture throughout the greater Wellington, Kapiti, Wairarapa and Manawatu regions. Over the years, the name Kilmister has become synonymous with quality craftsmanship and fantastic service.
The term ‘family business’ is often a hollow statement. But, at Kilmister Furniture Restoration, we’re proud to employ three generations of Kilmister. All of which are passionate about furniture.
Tony is a French polisher who has been working with furniture since 1986. Since then, technology may have changed. However, he still takes pride in using traditional techniques handed down through generations.
Tony’s wife, Ruth, has been a big part of the business since its inception in 1990. Over the years, her role has varied from managing the books through to sanding furniture.
Tony’s mother, Ailsa, is an expert office manager who has been working in the finance industry for over 30 years. Her knowledge ensures billing is simple, from free quote to final receipt.
Julian is passionate about furniture and is Tony’s right-hand man in the workshop. Together, they work to ensure a quality furniture restoration every time.
Tony’s son, Liam, is a digital marketing professional with many years in the media and furniture repair space. A quick Facebook message is all it takes if you ever have a question about the business.
Arguably the most important member of the team, Louie, is the Kilmister family’s beloved miniature schnauzer. He loves to be patted and to play. If you’re visiting the workshop, be sure to say hello.
With keen attention to detail and the highest level of craftsmanship, your furniture and antiques will look exceptional and stand the test of time. That’s why we put our heart, soul and decades of experience into each piece of antique furniture restoration, boardroom table repair or general wooden furniture restoration. We provide the best of both worlds by bringing together traditional techniques and modern equipment. Our specialties include:
Every job is backed by our workmanship guarantee, whether a small furniture repair, boardroom table or larger furniture restoration. Over 90% of our business is from customers that have been referred. For this reason, the Kilmister name is well known in the lower North Island.
Your frequently asked questions about furniture repair and French polish in NZ.
There are many different ways to approach fixing wooden furniture. You may be able to fix some more minor damage at home with glue. However, in most cases, it’s best to leave wooden furniture repair to the professionals.
At Kilmister Furniture Restoration, we have several methods to refurbish or refinish furniture, depending on the type of wood and desired style. In most cases, we will sand back or use a furniture stripper. Then, we’ll apply either a two-pot lacquer-based finish for durability or shellac for antique furniture.
No two pieces of furniture are the same. Because of this, the cost of restoring furniture will vary. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote to get an idea of price. You can rest assured that we offer fantastic value.
If your wooden furniture has water-damage, we can repair it back to its former glory at Kilmister Furniture Restoration. Using expert techniques, we can remove rotted wood and fill any gaps.