Exposing Original Decorative Painting

After photo: Eric Roth

When Historic New England acquired the William R. Emerson designed Eustis Estate in Milton, MA our firm was hired to do cross-section microscopy paint analysis of the interior and the exterior trim. Working on this projects was a highlight of my career. I took the inset photo while the conservation team was working to restore the finishes we had identified through our work by exposing the original decorative painting in the Eustis Estate parlor.

The conservator is removing a layer of latex paint with a layer of varnish from the original 1878 earth toned cloud-like painted surface. In other rooms, the original finishes were replicated, but this treatment was so unique that exposing the original was the only way to truly restore it.

The work we did to provide the information necessary to restore the interiors is described in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners, including before and after photos!

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