Saving Ercol

Restoring old furniture is fantastic! It’s so easy to do, especially when you find a piece of furniture that just needs a little bit if TLC. We spotted this hidden gem rummaging through Brighton Car Boot Market and couldn’t believe our luck when we noticed it was an Ercol Drop Leaf Table. After a little bit of early morning haggling, we walked away with it for £35 and no idea how it would fit in the car. Suddenly driving a mini wasn’t such a smart idea.

Physically the table was fine, just years of grime and even the odd wax crayon marking. With wood like this it’s best not to sand it too harshly, otherwise you’ll damage the grain. All this table required was a fair bit of elbow grease and a handful of wire wool. I took the table top apart so  it was easier to manage and got to work rubbing the table down. It’s amazing how quickly the wood comes back to life with very little effort.

To finish I used a simple Teak oil, which you can purchase at most hardware stores for a clean finish. You can apply with a brush, but I used a lint free cloth and rubbed on three coats. It came our brilliantly – now all we need to decide is where to keep it.

6 thoughts on “Saving Ercol”

  1. HI CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHERE I CAN BUY SOME ERCOLE SIDEBOARD HANDLES
    PLEASE,IV GOT A SIDEBOARD ,AND ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH IT IS ONE WOOD
    HANDLE BROKEN IN HALF ,IF I GOT TO BUY A SET I WILL .CHEERS.

  2. Is it possible to dismantle the legs on that model table? I’m tempted to bid for one but would need to take legs off to get it into my flat!

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    1. Hello.

      Yes you can take the legs off and it should be in two pieces – the leg base unit and table top. We had the same issue and taking the top off helped us get it up the stairs and through a ridiculously narrow door.

  3. I have an ercol dining table with the extendable piece in the middle of the table. I can’t get it into my house. How the hell do I dismantle it? I have removed all visible screws. Help!!

    1. Maybe try the side of table legs. There are usually a couple of angled screws that are a little hard to see. Not sure if it’s the same table as ours, but hope that helps.

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