We have been established since 1995, over which time we have earned a reputation for providing high quality customer service and exceptional finishing on all of our work. We undertake a wide variety of projects for our large client base using only the highest quality materials.

Our craftsmen are experienced and trained to the highest standard and we pride ourselves on offering a personal service regardless of the size of our client or scale of the job.


  • Traditional French Polishing
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Clear, Stained and Painted Spray Finishes
  • Staircases and Panelling
  • Doors, Frames and Architraves, Skirting and Flooring
  • Exterior Windows, Doors and Gates
  • Laminate and MDF repairs
  • Office, Bar, Restaurant and Hotel Refurbishments
  • School, Hospital and Council Building Refurbishments
  • Boat and Car Interiors
  • Kitchen Refurbishments
  • Pianos and other Musical Instruments

What We Can Offer

As well as this, we can help with gold leaf, gilding, luxurious leather desk lining and wood embossing. 

We are highly experienced in the use of acid catalysts, polyurethane, fire retardant and pre-cat, microporous water based and bar top lacquers, as well as more traditional French Polishing methods and materials.

Current customers find our interior priming service cost effective as it reduces the amount of preparation required on site prior to the final painting stages. This service can include the priming of doors, architraves, skirting, staircases and panelling in our workshop before transferring to site.

Our ‘on site’ service is both efficient and professional; we travel outside of Essex, to all of the Home Counties, whilst also maintaining a substantial workshop which offers ample accommodation for even the largest of projects.


All of our staff are qualified to a minimum of NVQ standard, are CSCS registered and CRB checked.

Richard Hopkins French Polishers adheres to all current Health and Safety legislation and is covered for Public and Employers Liability to £5 million.

So, if you require assistance with staircase polishing or furniture restoration in Chelmsford and throughout Essex, be sure to contact the professionals here at Richard Hopkins French Polishers Ltd.

Our Clients Say:

"Excellent service, professional restoration work carried out"

Victor Twyman - 09/10/2020

Our Clients Say:

Always a pleasure to deal with such a professional firm, once more thanks again for your work on the conservatory frames, the finish was excellent and the client is very happy. Looking forward to working with you again on our next project.

Ian-A & W Gowers Ltd - 09/10/2020