Bywater Design are extremely proud to be the official heritage furniture restorer for the
Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project. During the past months, we have been very busy restoring the wonderful furniture in City Hall. Many of these pieces date back hundreds of years and carry with them so much history and character.
A wonderful slice of history involved in the restoration project, was the repair and regilding of this wonderful Gold Mirror.
Dating back to the 1800′s, the 24 carat gold mirror originally from Europe was bequeathed to City Hall and now after a detailed repair and restoration this commanding and majestic piece, which incidentally stands over 2 meters high, now takes pride and place in the newly refurbished Media Room in Brisane City Hall.
Also included in the many facets of this project was The Restoration of The Coronation Chair for Queen Elizabeths II’s Visit to Australia in 1953 .
We look forward to sharing more photos and stories on the Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project, including the wonderful refurbishment of the original Shingle Inn Booths .
Combining his love of both surfing and woodwork…Stuart was very excited when approached to restore an Australian classic 1950′s wooden hollow surfboard…
The board as shown below was in a fairly bad state of disrepair and needed significant restoration and restructuring.
This fantastic retro board is an Okinuee . The Okinuee, is the Australian version of the iconic Malibu Surfboard. These surfboards were first made just after The Melbourne Olympics in 1956, when Aussie surfers, unable to source Balsawood used Hollowed Plywood instead and so the Okinuee was born.
The only distinguishing future on this particular Okinuee is the name Babs ;inscribed on the front…. The name is most likely to have been a tribute to the maker or the surfer for his girlfriend /wife… lucky Babs !!
The extensive restoration and repair process included; repair and reglue centre structure, repair to centre rails, modifications to the crossbeam, nose and tail sections to secure the main frame. Plywood panels were then fixed with screws and glue, and a draining plug added.
An extensive sand, and repolish completed the overhaul of Babs.
With the onset of winter, the temperature drops and so does the humidity. With these changes, timber furniture can dry out and possibly split in various places…
You can avoid this by using a suitable furniture wax to promote and keep moisture in the grain. Simply wax on with a clean dry cloth and then wax off any excess, doing this a few times during winter will noticeably enhance your furniture and keep it in pristine condition.
If you are unsure of which wax to use, or you would like to purchase some of our furniture wax please call us on
PH: 3256 9000 or e; email@example.com and we would love to help you .
Few people have a vision of what an old worn out wardrobe can look like if converted into a bookcase
We have completed several conversion projects like these for clients and they have always been amazed at the finished piece .
So we were delighted when one of our Woodworking Students, chose to take up the challenge himself and convert his old Silky Oak Cabinet into something new and wonderful.
David was not deterred at all by the processes and time involved to complete such a makeover.
With the expert guidance from teacher Dave, David then went about on his restoration journey of stripping the old finish, removing the old mirror …
In addition new shelves were made and fitted
Then the cabinet was sanded and David polished the cabinet to match his existing decor.
The finished product looks absolutely amazing.
Well done David on a remarkable job and for persisting to achieve what you set out to do.
You should be proud of your accomplishments.
We cant wait to see you next project !!
The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie ) situated in East Brisbane has a rich history steeped in tradition and education.
Established in 1912 in Toowong Qld and moved later in 1918 to East Brisbane, the School has been undergoing transformation and restoration as part of its’ centenary celebrations.
Bywater Design are proud to be associated with the schools’ refurbishment.
The most recent work undertaken were the restoration of the Entrance Doors to the Darnell Building…
Constant exposure to the harsh westerly afternoon sun, heat and UV extremes have left these doors in poor condition.
The existing doors were completely removed for a complete restoration at the Bywater Design Workshop. Temporary plywood doors were installed for security and practical elements.
Cleaning 100 years of grime, dust oil etc was a very ardeous but rewarding task.
The doors were finished in 2 pak marine epoxy exterior grade, highly suitable for harsh weather conditions.
Restoration now completed the temporary doors were removed and the new and much improved Darnell Doors were re installed and will maintain their excellent condition for many many years to come .
This gorgeous 1940′s Hutch, has seen many good times. In the 1970′s it was lovingly given a coat or two of white gloss paint by its owner. Fast forward to 2011 and this gorgeous vintage kitchen hutch was in desperate need of some major care.
We took it back to where it all began… stripping the gloss paint, inserting new mesh on the sides, installing new hardware and polishing it to a mid walnut colour to blend harmoniously with the clients’ existing decor…
>Bywater Design are always happy to restore, makeover and completely re make kitchens. The kitchen, probably the most hardworking, central point of the home deserves to be treated to some special attention now and again.
This inner city home is one of the latest new kitchens that Bywater Design very proudly recently completed.
>At BywaterDesign, our work is as diverse and varied, as our clients. We love the unusual. We thrive on a challenge. When some dear clients approached us with an aim of transferring their kitchen and butler’s pantry into its former and improved glorious self . We were happy to oblige
The finished product – with a beautifully restored table to complete the picture.