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Antique Furniture Restoration & Repair Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

We Also Provide Furniture Restoration & Repair Services

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen provide antique furniture restoration services in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. We are artisan restorers for antiques, furniture, joinery, art pieces, musical instruments, cars, horse drawn, transport & technology repair, refurbishment, and restoration services.

Our Brisbane antique furniture upholstery repair and restoration specialists are reknown, accredited and widely recommended. GN Olsson Antique Restoration Brisbane – Established since 1983, this trusted car, technology, joinery, art, antique, and furniture restoration business and restorer company workshop are conveniently located.

Our trusted, highly skilled Brisbane and south east QLD restorers can also help with insurance claims, damage repair services which cover Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast regions.

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GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, Antique Restoration Brisbane

We are experienced restoration specialists, mastercraftsmen and artisans who restore, refurbish and repair wood, timber, leather, metal, glass, porcelain, fabric, cane, fibre, stone, and shell. Restorations, repairs and refurbishments by GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen and artisans will maximise the value and longevity of your treasured investments.

Free Preliminary Estimates: Send Photos for Furniture Repair and Restoration Evaluations

To keep costs down we offer preliminary free estimates from photos. Please send your photos and contact details to us. Text with photo attachments to our email address. Clients may opt to make an appointment to bring their items to our repair and restoration workshop.

Alternatively, we can provide a quote visit or pickup and delivery service for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clients with items requiring repairing, restoring and refurbishing.

Antique Furniture Restoration Services and Materials

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen is a restoration, refurbishment and repair specialist. We are renowned, recommended and approved service providers for a multitude of international and national insurance companies and insurance assessors, conservation (AICCM), antique and art, (AAADA), building (QMBA and QBCC) authorities and prestigious, luxury networks.

We offer a great variety of restoration services, repair services and refurbishment services. This includes a quick fix or repair, conservation, full restoration, or sympathetic restoration.

Sympathetic restoration

This is the careful process of retaining the piece’s originality to the maximum extent possible so that visually it appears original, and the materials and methods to achieve this effect are the same as those utilised and practised by the original maker. We can replicate and reproduce parts and finishes, and we can do reproductions of whole items to match with suites or sets.

No matter how large or small the task, we are happy to assist. We go to great lengths to obtain the correct, rare materials and have a collection and networks to draw from. We are renowned for authentic materials and traditional, time-honoured methods of restoration and conservation.

Expert Antique Restoration and Craftsmanship by Gary Olsson in Brisbane

Gary Olsson is a highly reputable designer and timber, veneer, gold and leather specialist.

Since the 1980s he’s been engaged as an:

  • interior furniture and artefact designer
  • antique restorer and conservator
  • cabinetmaker
  • furniture maker
  • chair maker
  • joiner
  • glazier
  • leather baise and fabric worker
  • gilder
  • carver
  • turner
  • ebeniste’
  • marqueteur
  • parqueteur
  • locksmith
  • polisher
  • faux finisher
  • blacksmith
  • metal and armoury restorer
  • mechanical, machinery and steam engine restorer

For projects requiring skills and materials from allied businesses, Gary manages the collaborative projects from start to finish, taking full responsibility for quality and adherence to authentic, sympathetic restoration codes of conduct.

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Antique Restoration – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Restoration Specialists

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen supply cabinetmaking, joinery and furniture restoration expertise as well as a host of allied services.

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are restoration specialists who offer traditional, speciality and rare skills and services in the following areas:  – wood restorationwood carving, woodturning, wood restorers, repairing wood, wooden restoration, wooden furniture repair, repair wood, timber restorer, repair timber, timber restoring, refurbish timber, wood stripping, wood preservation, restoration timber; veneer and inlay restorationmarquetry, parquetry, inlay restoration, veneer repairs; metal restoration – clean, treat corrosion, polish, inlays, ormolu mounts, highlight, lacquer, cast, blacksmith, brass, steel, silver, nickel, tin, cast iron, micro-engineering; locksmith – antique and vintage lock servicing, antique and reproduction keys, key cutting, lock, window latch and door furniture restoration; cane restoration and weaving – hand woven cane, wicker, rattan, rush seats, split cane, bamboo, bindings, Danish cord, seagrass, raffia, fibre, repair, restoration, refinishing, painting; glass and mirror restoration – replace, reproduce, bevel, leadlight, stained glass, ornamental glass, venetian glass, resilvering and resilvering alternatives; relining fabric and baise inlay – felt lined, fabric lining, baise inlay, card table felt inlay, baise inlay for card tables, cutlery drawer lining, cutlery canteen lining; porcelain and statue restoration – plate, vase, table lamp and ornament repair and restoration, ivory repair; stone restoration – stone and marble restoration, inlays, stonemason, marble, onyx, slate, clean, buff and refinish, pietra dura restoration; shell restoration – tortoiseshell, boule or boulle inlay, mother of pearl inlay.

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We are also Traditional Upholsterers

Upholstery Restoration – Traditional Upholsterers – traditional upholstery methods and materials, reupholstery, upholstery, re-upholster with sprung seats, diamond buttoning, stitched edges, webbing, introductions to Brisbane’s premier leather and fabric houses.

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GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are French Polishers and Faux Finishers

French polish restoration – French polishing – hand French polishing, re-polishing, touch up, cut back and wax, shellac, premium lacquer, ebonised, japanned, faux finish, wax, painted furniture, pictorial hand-painted furniture and interiors.

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Antique Restoration – GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are Traditional Gilders

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen offer comprehensive gilding restoration services, including gilt restorations and leather gilding using 22ct gold, Dutch gold, and synthetic gilt crèmes. We specialise in mirror gilding, picture frame gilding, gilding furniture and ornaments, and restoring gilt architectural features. Additionally, they provide gold lettering services for honour boards, ensuring a high-quality finish for all gilded items.

GN Olsson are Approved Service Providers for Insurance Claims

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen specialise in insurance restoration work, providing services such as insurance estimates, quotes, and claims for damage or loss. We are an approved repairer and service provider, offering emergency removal and storage for accidental damage, including replacement of lost items or parts. Our expertise extends to repairing transport, water, storm, flood, mould, fire, and pet damage, ensuring restorative work of the highest quality.

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We are Nationally Accredited Conservation Specialists

At GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, we specialise in conserving antique clocks, artifacts, furniture, and architectural features. Our team possesses extensive skills in handling various materials including timber, leather, metal, cane, and glass. We are committed to preserving heritage-listed buildings, museums, galleries, as well as private collections and residences, ensuring each piece’s historical significance and integrity is maintained. See more here.

Leather Restoration Specialists

At GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, we are specialists in leather restoration. Our services encompass leather refurbishment, repair, colour matching, nourishing, embossing, restitching, and creating leather panels. We excel in leather covering, lining, relining, and reinforcing, ensuring durability and aesthetics. Additionally, we are skilled in gold embossed leather inlays, offering exquisite gilded leather for desk inlays, writing boxes, bureaus, Bonheur du jour, and bookshelf edging, enhancing the luxury and elegance of each piece.

The Items we Restore

restored antique and heirlooms
restored high value furniture
restored prestige masion joinery
restored leather items
restored memorial displays
restored antique clocks
restored antique box
restored art
restored artefacts
restored signs and plaques
restored sewing machine
restored lighting
restored piano
restored armourer
restored rocking horse
restored vintage telephone
restored tractor old
restored weigh scales
restored antique game
restored golf clubs
restored vintage car

Traditionally and authentically, GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen and artisans repair, restore and refurbish rare, superlative, antique, vintage, period, heirloom and collection items:

  • Furniture – Heirloom & Antique – Oriental, Scandinavian, Regency, French, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Early Australian/ Queensland, Post WWII, ecclesiastical, cane, sewing, music, cellar, display, built-in, leather
  • Furniture – High Value – mansion & prestige, fine & gallery, cane, executive & boardroom, leather
  • Prestige & Mansion Joinery – cellar, library, timber kitchen, built-in, outbuildings, stables, gate and fence, antique room, timber doors and windows, architrave, column, wall panel – leather, wall panel – timber veneer, stairs, balustrade, handrail, fireplace, lift, intricate joinery, floor inlay
  • Leather – handbags, luggage, case, wall panels, desk ware, tableware, furniture, box, chest, artefact, shelf edging
  • Display & Memorial – display furniture, display box, display case, wall display frame, leather display pads, solander box, Australiana display, glass domes, convex framing, rug hangers, memorial display, honour board, keepsake box, hidden compartments and safes
  • Clocks
  • Boxes – tea caddy, cutlery canteen, writing box, jewellery box, cosmetic box, chest & trunk, glory box/ hope chest
  • Frames – picture, mirror, display
  • Art – photography, portrait, painting, sculpture, wood, porcelain, stone, marble, slate, glass
  • Artefacts – jewellery, weaponry, utilitarian, Oriental, indigenous
  • Signs & Plaques – traditional signs, house signs, place signs, plaques
  • Sewing Machines – sewing table, sewing cabinet, victorian work table
  • Lighting – Candleholders/ Candelabra, Electrical Lamps, Gas and Kerosene lamps, shades and lanterns, carriage lights, vintage car lights
  • Music – music box, piano, pianola, organ, gramophone, phonograph, stereo, radiogram, radio, musical instrument cases, music furniture
  • Armour – gun, sword, weapon, armour, shield, military items, display cabinet, chainmail
  • Rocking Horses – toys, rocker, scooter, rocking horse
  • Vintage Technology – telephone, typewriter, camera, scales, cash register, safes, padlocks, and locks, scientific instruments, barometer
  • Rural and Industrial – the steam engine, stationary engine, windmill, harness and saddler, rural equipment, tools and equipment
  • Household & Collectibles – household items, personal items, personal grooming items, silverware, walking sticks, fireplace items
  • Games – chess, card table, games table
  • Sports – rackets, bats, equipment, trophy
  • Prestige and Vintage Transport – bicycle, horse-drawn vehicles, car, truck, bus, train, superyacht, jet

Why you should invest in restoration

For you to choose to invest in restoration, an item must be highly prized, be an heirloom or have inherent or sentimental value, now or in the foreseeable future. It may also be worth repairing and refurbishing if it is part of a suite or set. The refurbishment may be covered by insurance, in the case of loss or accidental damage claims.

Though the cash flow burden and cost of restoration are significant in the short term, remember that the items are typically quite unique and well-made in the first instance. Remember the true saying: “They don’t make ‘em like they used to!”

The longevity attained by traditional, authentic repair and conservation is far superior to modern, mass-produced, imported alternatives, regardless of the purchase price or designer label.

Modern alternatives may cost less in the short term; however, over your lifetime, you are better off investing in the restoration of your treasured assets, to the extent your budget allows.

The value of antiques is relatively low at present, so there is no better time to buy. Remember, one reason the value of vintage and antique items is low is that it is understood that they require investment in their restoration. We all know stories where people bought old items at low-cost years ago, to be rewarded today as they become unique, high-value, prized items.

In the 21st century, unprecedented sums of money are invested in modern cars, Hi-Fi and tech gadgets which are here today and then gone tomorrow. The rapid decline in their value and condition is astonishing.

By comparison, restored items have lasted a century and will last another century, being well worth restoring in the future. The reuse and recycle decree of the 1970s is even more important in the 21st century. Restoration, refurbishment and repair are environmentally friendly and socially responsible, as a meaningful way to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The more original the item, by restoring with authentic, recycled or repaired parts, the more valuable it is. Finally, it is noteworthy, that you get far more aesthetically pleasing, unique, intricate and ornate ornamentation and quality in vintage and antique items, compared to modern items with the same price tag.

Renown Restoration Specialists

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen can assist with repairing, refurbishing and restoring all types of antique, vintage, luxury and valued items:

Transport Restoration – Car, Truck, Bus, Train, Jet, Super yachts

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen are restorers of intricate decorative features, built-ins, panels and parts for vintage, classic and prestige cars and other transport – Timber, veneer, ornate metal and leather restoration work.

Transport Restoration - Car, Truck, Bus, Train, Jet, Super yacht

Styles & Periods

early australian items restoration
olde english items
french and provincial furniture
asian items
european and american items
art deco
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Expertise in Global Antique Styles and Restoration

Renowned restoration specialists, GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, can assist with the restoration of items from Australian and European styles and eras. In particular, English and French, but also German, Dutch, Scandinavian and Spanish styles and eras. We have a lot of experience in Asian (especially Chinese and Chinoiserie), American, and to a lesser degree Pacific styles and eras.

Architectural features, intricate joinery, furniture, frames, clocks, boxes, transport vehicles or collectables can be authentic, replicated or restored.

In the rare situation that we are unfamiliar with a style or item, we would do initial research and collaboration to ensure an appropriate, authentic restoration in each instance.

Early Australian and Queensland

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmens’ restoration of early Queensland and Early Australian furniture, buildings (Colonial, Victorian, Federation eras and international styles), outbuildings, and collectables.

Restoration of furniture from local designers including LJ Harvey, Harvey Bros, Rosenstengel, Bell Bros, FH Burns and Trittons.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restores English furniture, ornate joinery and architectural features, boxes, clocks, frames, artefacts and collectables from the various periods of decorative arts – Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne, George I, George II, George III, Regency, George IV, William IV, Victorian, Arts and Craft, Edwardian, Liberty.

Restoration of English furniture from the old master designers, Chippendale, Adams, and Hepplewhite.

French & French Provincial

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of French furniture and French provincial furniture, clocks, frames and artefacts – Louis XIV, Règence, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Republic, Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis Philippe, Second Republic, Napoleon III, Third Republic.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of oriental – Chinese furniture and artefacts, Chinoiserie furniture and artefacts, Japanese furniture and artefacts, Indian furniture and artefacts, Asian furniture and artefacts.

European and American

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of European & North American items – Dutch, German, Biedermeier, European, Scandinavian, American and Multicultural – Intricate architectural joinery, furniture, clocks, artefacts and collectables.

Ecclesiastical and Multi-denominational Religions

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of Ecclesiastical and Multi-denominational items – Intricate architectural joinery, furniture and religious artefacts and statues for cathedrals, churches, temples and mosques.

Modern and Contemporary

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen restoration of Modern and Contemporary items – Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern and Post WWII, and gallery furniture and designer furniture, intricate joinery for mansions, prestigious estates, buildings and outbuildings.


GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen, Antique Restoration Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast – Artisan Restorers for Antique, Furniture, Joinery, Art, Musical, Car, Horse Drawn, Transport & Technology Repair, Refurbishment and Restoration.

Furniture Restoration At Its Best In Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast

Furniture restoration is an age-old art of bringing your old and also new furniture back to life and as close as possible to its original state.

What is a furniture restorer?

A furniture restorer inspects and repairs furniture. A furniture restorer does delicate repairs and touch-up refinishing, as well as complete overhauls of antique or worn-out furniture.

What is the purpose of furniture restoration?

Furniture refinishing is a great way to make worn-out furniture pieces look new again. It can also help antique furniture retain its value. You can use it to match other items in your room.

Antique Furniture Restoration Services

If you have antiques in your home, you may want to consider having them restored. There are many antique furniture restoration services that can help bring your pieces back to life. However, before you hire a company, be sure to do your research. Read reviews and compare prices to find the best fit for your needs. Once you have chosen a restoration service, be sure to discuss your expectations with them before they start working.

If you have antique furniture that needs restoration, there are a few services you can turn to for help. Some of these services specialise in specific types of antique furniture, so it's important to do your research before calling. Here are a few to consider:

Wood Restoration Services

This type of service is good for items that have been damaged by water or fire and can restore pieces to their original condition.

Paint and Stain Removal

If your antique furniture has paint or stains that need to be removed, this service can help.

Furniture Restoration and Repair Services

If you have antique furniture that is in bad shape, this service can restore it to its original beauty.


This type of service is good for items that need a bit of an update but aren't quite ready for restoration.

In the market for antique furniture but don't have the time or know-how to restore it yourself? Fear not. There are many antique furniture restoration services in Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coast available to help you out. Services can range from simply cleaning and polishing your piece to a full restoration, including refinishing and repair. Be sure to research different services in your area and get quotes before choosing one.

Our Antique and Furniture Restorer and Repairer Services In Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

Our services are experienced and reputable based on years of experience and knowledge in the craft. We service all regions in SE Queensland and provide quality superior craftmanship with an intricate eye for detail.

What Is Antique furniture upholstery repair in Brisbane & the Sunshine Coast?

Antique furniture upholstery repair in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast involves restoring and repairing antique furniture pieces that have been damaged or worn over time. This can include reupholstering chairs, sofas, and other furniture pieces that have been worn out, torn or stained.

Antique furniture is often made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. It can be important to preserve the original fabric and design as much as possible during the repair process. This requires a skilled and experienced upholsterer who understands how to work with antique materials and techniques.

Antique furniture upholstery repair services in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast typically include assessing the damage to the piece, selecting appropriate materials and fabrics for the repair, removing and replacing damaged upholstery, repairing or replacing any damaged frames or springs, and refinishing or restoring the furniture to its original condition.

6 Types Of Antique Furniture Restoration in Brisbane, Gold & Sunshine Coast

Antique furniture restoration can involve a range of techniques and processes depending on the specific needs of the piece. Here are some common types of antique furniture restoration:

  1. Cleaning and refinishing: This involves cleaning and restoring the surface of the furniture, removing any stains or blemishes and restoring the original finish or applying a new one.
  2. Structural repair: This involves repairing any structural damage to the furniture, such as broken or missing parts, damaged joints or cracked frames.
  3. Reupholstery: This involves replacing the fabric or covering on chairs, sofas, and other furniture items and restoring them to their original condition.
  4. Veneer repair and replacement: This involves repairing or replacing the thin layer of wood veneer that covers the surface of some furniture pieces.
  5. Carving and inlay restoration: This involves restoring any intricate carvings or inlay work that may have been damaged or lost over time.
  6. Hardware restoration: This involves restoring any metal hardware, such as locks, hinges, and handles, to its original condition.

Each type of antique furniture restoration requires a specific set of skills and techniques. It is important to choose an experienced and knowledgeable restoration specialist who can assess the needs of the piece and recommend the appropriate restoration techniques.

7 Types of Antique Furniture That Could Require Repair

Antique furniture is often made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship, but it can still be subject to wear and tear over time. Here are seven types of antique furniture that could require repair:

  1. Chairs: Antique chairs are a common type of furniture that may require repair due to broken legs, arms or backs, or worn-out upholstery.
  2. Tables: Antique tables may require repair if they have been damaged by water or heat, have loose joints, or have scratches or other surface damage.
  3. Cabinets: Antique cabinets may require repair if they have damaged or missing hardware, damaged veneer or woodwork, or structural damage.
  4. Sofas and Settees: Antique sofas and settees may require repair due to worn or damaged upholstery, broken frames or springs, or missing or broken legs.
  5. Desks: Antique desks may require repair due to surface damage, loose joints, or missing or damaged hardware.
  6. Dressers: Antique dressers may require repair due to damage to the woodwork, missing or broken hardware, or damage to the mirror or glass elements.
  7. Clocks: Antique clocks may require repair due to worn or damaged mechanisms, missing or damaged parts, or damaged casework.

It is important to have any necessary repairs done by an experienced and qualified antique furniture restoration specialist to preserve the value and authenticity of the piece.