ARCHITECTURAL WOODWORK RESTORATION

We furnish wood refinishing and restoration, including cleaning, conservation, finish analysis, touch up, finish matching and refinishing of shellac, varnish, lacquer, French polish, wax and oil finishes. The rich luster and depth of an old wood finish is an essential component of any historic interior. Frequently older finishes are stripped and replaced due to cosmetic blemishes.  By employing careful cleaning and conservation techniques, we are able to eliminate blemishes while maintaining the beauty of original finishes.  Often minor wood repairs and finish restoration can transform the appearance of balustrades, and panel systems. We can match old woods, remove stains and scratches. We can also restore and repair architectural columns and capitals and perform epoxy consolidation to original damaged woodwork.


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Wood Finish and Ornamental Plaster Restoration for Historic Dining Room

Wood Finish and Ornamental Plaster Restoration for Historic Dining Room

Rhinebeck
New York

The conservation of the Wilderstein dining room wood paneling and plaster ornament involved dust and soot removal, ailed plaster ornament restoration, and repair of failed wood finishes. The ladder were on part of the ceiling and were damaged by a radiator failure. Since the original finish on much of the...

Historic Architectural Wood Restoration for Brookline Residence

Historic Architectural Wood Restoration for Brookline Residence

Brookline
MA

The mahogany paneled entrance hall of this early twentieth century colonial revival home was undergoing a major renovation. The panel system contained damaged and faded areas, and new mahogany doors and moldings were being added. The original windows were being replaced with new pine casement sash. Our assignment was to...

Historic Architectural Wood Restoration and Finishing for Pell Mansion

Historic Architectural Wood Restoration and Finishing for Pell Mansion

Newport
Rhode Island

The Pell Mansion, located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI, had been purchased by the Preservation Society of Newport County for use as executive offices. Formerly a private home, the first floor consisted of intersecting corridors of elaborately carved oak panels, which had been purchased in Europe at the time...

Historic Mahogany Wood Doors Restoration for Breakers Interior

Historic Mahogany Wood Doors Restoration for Breakers Interior

Newport
Rhode Island

The finish on the large, heavy mahogany wood doors connecting the first floor rooms of the Breakers had become crazed and dull and needed conservation after over a hundred years of use.  Using a hydraulic table, each door was carefully removed from its hinges and transported to the shop for this wood...

Historic Finish Restoration for Historic Quincy Homestead

Historic Finish Restoration for Historic Quincy Homestead

Quincy
MA

The revised interpretation of the 1684 kitchen required an examination of what the original surfaces would have looked like. It has been fairly well-documented that original seventeenth and eighteenth century floors were not varnished. Varnish was not available and shellac would have been too expensive. To create a more authentic...

Wood Paneling and Paint Conservation for Meetinghouse

Wood Paneling and Paint Conservation for Meetinghouse

Boston
Massachusetts

Grade changes made to an adjoining T station entrance had diverted water against the exterior wall of the Church. This saturated the brick and mortar, and subsequently the wood paneling and bench seating against the wall. The result was peeling paint and rotting of the bench sills, which led to...

Wood Column Restoration for Library

Wood Column Restoration for Library

Concord
Massachusetts

The wood columns forming the entrance to the Concord Library's main branch had considerable rot on their wooden base moldings, which rested on stone base blocks. The challenge was to replace the moldings without removing the columns. We turned out new bases, divided into four sections and split in half.  We...

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Historic Tudor Place

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Historic Tudor Place

Washington
DC

During the replacement of the stucco at Tudor Place, we were called on to perform architectural woodwork conservation services on the facade's exterior wood trim and mouldings, window casings and Temple Portico, which had become rotted and damaged over the years due to weather exposure. After all failed paint had been removed,...

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Church

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Church

Bridgewater
Massachusetts

This project involved the exterior column and woodwork restoration of the Greek Revival entrance facade for the First Parish Church in Bridgewater, MA. Our work included epoxy consolidation on the column bases, pilasters and moldings, repair and painting of the facade, and restoration of the three entrance doors.