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1870s Decorative Painting Restoration

Before & After ~ 1870s Decorative Painting Restoration.

One of my favorite aspects of the work I do as a preservation consultant is getting to work with amazing craftspeople who are preserving the traditional materials and methods that were used to create and decorate the historic buildings we all love.

One of those people is decorative paint conservator and restorer Tony Castro. This is a recent project of his.

The goal with this work is always to preserve as much original paint as possible, but in this case the water-based paint used 150 years ago had minimal binder and had dirt and soot deeply embedded. It could not be cleaned without destroying the design, so the design was replicated with new paint. A portion of the original paint was left in one corner as documentation.

The before photo is from Chapter 18 of “Restoring Your Historic House” The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” and was taken in 2016. The after photo was taken this past week. Chapter 18 covers interior paint and paper, including decorative painting.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from me in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject and is available in our shop!

And check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar, available from Lulu through our shop.

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