About Back From Black

Since developing our process of restoring dark beams in 1997 throughout the Cotswolds, our family company has grown and gone from strength to strength.

Penny, my mother, invented the process in 1997 after a friend asked if there was anything she could do with the black beams in her 17th century cottage. The local conservation officer would not allow blasting as it was a listed building and chemical/hand stripping was too messy and would have taken too long.

Penny did the first room and it went down so well she was asked to do the whole house and when the neighbours saw it they immediately wanted theirs to be done. Before long the whole village had been brought back from black.

I have worked with penny and Ian for over 20 years on the family business and continue to provide an excellent service with my specially trained beam team, travelling nationwide throughout the country.

We mainly work in Grade II and I listed properties throughout the United Kingdom and have had the privilege to renovate beams in historic houses for over 20 years.

From country cottages, farmhouses, Hall houses, barn conversions, manors to quintessential English thatched cottages owned by lovely people.

Our process is without doubt the kindest and gentlest way to lighten the beams in your property.

This clever and beautiful approach will enhance the character and beauty of your home.

Being pioneers in our field with over 20 years of knowledge means we can offer you three lovely and sympathetic finishes to suit your taste.

This process works on:

  • Painted beams
  • Matte beams
  • Varnished beams
  • Fire damaged timber
  • Mismatched wood
  • Pine and other soft woods

Our three finishes are Warm Oak, Soft Oak and Weathered Oak.

Client Testimonials

The beams,once dark and formidable,
are now warm and enticing.
Peter has worked tirelessly,with the attention to detail
of a true craftsman.

Neal Williams | Derbyshire

We are absolutely delighted with the transformation of our dark, waxy, beams to their original light oak colour which has lightened up all the rooms, making each one a pleasure to enter. Nicholas is extremely knowledgeable about old timber-framed buildings and he and his team were professional, efficient and tidy in all the work they did! It was a pleasure to deal with “Back from Black”. Thank you so much for all you’ve done to re-vitalise our cottage!

Clyde & Heather Young | Heathfield

Back from Black transformed all of the beams in our cottage in just a few days and as they promised without any mess. All of the grime, paint splotches, water marks and dark colouring magically disappeared and left a lovely pale weathered oak finish with all the old character in the wood enhanced.

Mr. & Mrs. Powell | Berkshire

I cannot believe the transformation in my cottage. Professional and prompt from the initial enquiry to when they left my home yesterday this Company were great to deal with.

We were so impressed with them and the outcome - goodbye black beams hello warm and welcoming rooms. Thank you Nick and Co!

Viv Berkeley | Bedfordshire

We are so happy, your work is amazing, stunning, clever. You have taken a Tudor farmhouse that felt like and old pub and turned it into a beautiful historic home. We are going to enjoy this house so much thanks to you. My parents live in Grade II house 20mins away, and they want their beams done!

P. Vellaccott | Raw TV Ltd.

We are delighted with the result, the house looks and feels so much warmer!

Rebecca | Suffolk

As you know, we are very pleased indeed with our beams. We can hardly believe that such a massive transformation has been completed in one week. If only it could all be done that quickly.

Mrs R. | Biddenden, Kent

We love the new beams – so much nicer than before, and everyone is admiring them. It has made such a big difference to both rooms, so thank you so much…

Charlie & Helen | Kent

I am so thrilled with my new beams, they have transformed the rooms!

Also could I say how great your workers were, polite, thorough and quick, couldn't be more pleased, what a painless experience.

Georgina | Surrey

We are really pleased with the results – its given the house a real facelift and a warmth we didn't have before. Please pass on our thanks to your team who worked really hard and for their thoughtful and discreet way in which they carried out the work.

Jerry | Kent