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Passing Skills to the next generation

Since 1986 we have been passionate about restoration and preservation. We're industry practiced specialists that enjoy helping our customers find the products required to get the best results.

Family Business with a passion for restoration and wood working

After being a highly esteemed Antique Restorer for 20 years, Westie Mitchell turned his attention to the difficulties faced by many in the industry; how to get the materials and consumables needed quickly, economically and without minimum order. In 2005 Rest Express was born and became one of the industry leading suppliers of fine woodworking products.

After spending a large proportion of his youth using the products and working in various roles within the business, Westie's son, Sam, took the reins of Rest Express in March 2020. Since then, he has modernised the business and rebranded Rest Express to Restorate.

Inspire to preserve

We believe that looking after something that was designed to last for generations is the most pure form of sustainability. Preserving is synonymous with sustaining.  Our aim is to inspire our customers to live sustainably through the preservation of traditional skills and furniture restoration.

Our Philosophy

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Quality Products

The products we stock at Restorate have been tried and tested by us and the professionals that use them on a daily basis. If we get bad feedback on a product, we discontinue it.

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Passing of knowledge

Nobody starts with all the knowledge, and in our industry there is a lot of trial and error. Having had practical experience, Sam and the team are available to take your call and advise you on techniques and best practice.

Inspiring our customers - using traditional tools and methods

Inspiring our customers

With many traditional skills becoming obsolete, our mission is to inspire our customers to give restoration and preservation a go, and we'll be there to help along the way.