Thomas Mintsenikos started repairing furniture as a teenager. After extensive training in Europe, he returned to Australia with a highly enhanced skillset and deep appreciation of conservation practices. In 1990, he opened Thomas Mintsenikos Global and his results and reputation saw the business grow, mainly via word of mouth, from a one-man band to a team of four.
His clientele, local and international, include insurance companies, furniture removalists, shipping companies, antique dealers, private collectors, furniture retailers, interior designers, instrument repairers, homeowners and more.
After two decades on the tools, people often ask Thomas for his top repair and restoration tips. He is happy to share some of them with you below:
TREAT YOUR ITEMS WITH RESPECT
Prevention is always better than cure which means being mindful of your precious items and ensuring that your guests are too. Use them as they were meant to be used
KEEP EVERYTHING THAT’S BROKEN
If the unfortunate does happen and something breaks, don’t throw anything out! Most things can be repaired, reformed, remodeled or remolded but this becomes significantly more difficult if pieces are missing
MOVE ITEMS TO A SAFE SPOT TO PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE
At the first sign of damage, move items to a safe spot where further degradation can’t occur. Move them out of the sun, out of the damp, or cover them completely. A little damage can almost always be fixed but beyond a certain point it may not. Don’t leave it to chance
DON’T BE TEMPTED TO DO IT YOURSELF
A little bit of knowledge is dangerous. More damage can often be done by those with good intentions than the damage they sort to fix. Leave it to the professionals and your personal treasures will look better and last longer as a result
EVERY ITEM IS DIFFERENT, ONE FIX WON’T WORK FOR ALL
No two items are ever exactly the same and nor is the damage that effects them. Every item needs to be assessed independently and a specific action plan made for it