French Polishing & Specialist Wood Finishing

Michael Ellis has over 25-years experience in French Polishing and Specialist Wood Finishing, including 7 years as a Site Manager for a large French Polishing Contractor




If your dining table is looking worse for wear I can strip off the old finish, stain to your required colour and re-finish.


New staircases can be finished with a clear lacquer / polish or stained to your desired colour.


Clean and revied to freshen up or stripped if you require a colour change and re-polished.


New unfinished doors can be polished to match existing. Badly worn doors can be stripped back to bare wood and re-finished.


Bar tops stripped back to bare wood, stained and re-lacquered. Bar fronts can be cleaned, touched-up and re-polished.

Kitchen worktop

Stripped back to bare wood -sanded  and refinished.

Why choose Michael Ellis French Polishing?

  • You deal only with me from start to completion of work.
  • As I have lower overheads than large companies I can pass these savings on to my clients.
  • Highly experienced craftsman (3 year apprenticeship city & guilds advanced) Polite and friendly.


I have just had an excellent restoration of my bow-fronted cabinet by Michael Ellis. The work and the final outcome was first class and I could not have imagined how good it would look. I found Michael to be very courteous and he works in a clean and tidy way. I have now agreed that he will restore my fireplace and shelves to match the oak furniture recently purchased

- Victoria Wiggins

Micheal prepared and french polished my neglected mahogany bannister rail and newell post matching in some wood. Whilst not cheap his work was excellent and he knows his trade. He has a commendable unassuming nature and a no flannel approach. I intend to use Michael again to restore a dining table and originally found his name on Which? Local

- Pat & Al

This is old fashioned competence and service. A real craftsman who loves his work. Honestly priced and excellent value. I could not have been more pleased with his work on my dining room table, carefully and neatly carried out with minimal disruption

- Neil Os

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