Practically 99.9% of all frames brought to us for repair and/or restoration have a history that is very personal and dear to those who own or acquire the frame. Each person has an idea of what it is that will make their frame perfect for them. A little touch up here…some sanding and replacing a missing part there. Our aim is do as much or as little as it will take to give our customer that perfect frame. A frame restoration may include a single repair (such as a broken corner) or a complete frame remake, which may include casting, sanding, carving, rejoining, gilding and finishing.
Oil Painting Restoration
We also offer expert oil painting and antique frame restoration services. Owner Deb Spicer is a certified oil painting and antique frame restoration specialist. We take great care with this process, knowing how much each painting means to each customer.
Restoration Services include:
- Applying new varnish
- Cleaning painting by removing darkening and/or yellowing varnish
- Inpainting missing or damaged “content” that matches the artist’s original color palette and brush technique
- Eradicating mold
- Removing smoke and dirt
- Repairing holes, tears, and scratches
- Correcting loose and chipped paint
- Restretching loose canvas
Most oil paintings have had one or more coats of a varnish applied as both a protection for the more delicate painted surfaces as well as for its effect of enhancing colors. Over time, varnish begins to darken. Combined with the accumulation of years of dirt, smoke, and grime, the result is a painting that has become dark, with many details obscured or dimmed. Many paintings have been damaged by accidents, vandalism, attempts by untrained persons to “clean” it, and poor storage or display. Holes need to be patched, and inpainting needs to be done to match the colors and unify the painting to a near-new condition. In most cases, inpainting cannot be detected in the finished work. Varnish is applied to protect your valued art so it is again ready for many more years of display and enjoyment.
Terms: We will always discuss with you the best course of action for the painting, and can provide written quotations on request for insurance work. Communication is important—ongoing communication throughout the entire process.