Posts made in 2018

19th Century Family Heirloom Portrait Restored

Posted in Art Restoration, Featured

19th Century Family Heirloom Portrait Restored

This lovely portrait was brought to our attention by a local Southport customer in the St. James community. This painting has been in their family for nearly 200 years, and the subject is a family member. It’s a large painting at 3×5 feet, and of significant historical value. As you can see from our “before” photos, it was in terrible shape. The painting had a few rips, and it was severely covered with a dark substance that had probably built up for generations. Often times it’s smoke buildup, but we had to do some testing to see what it was and what would clean...

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Waikiki Sailor Photograph Restored

Posted in Art Restoration, Photo Restoration

Waikiki Sailor Photograph Restored

This beautiful 8×10 black and white photograph of a sailor was sent to us by a wonderful client that has worked with us before. It’s a very precious family photograph. As you can see this print was probably folded at some point, maybe because it had to travel from place to place, but I really don’t know. Either way, it was in rough shape. You can see by the close up image below that being folded was not the only problem, the surface of this photo was really damaged too. This one was a challenge for sure, but we did our best and the final print was lovely. We don’t just...

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Two wooden plates restored

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Two wooden plates restored

We us ally restore paintings or photographs, but sometimes something different is brought to us. In this case it was two beautiful wooden plates that needed some cleaning, in-painting and more. Sadly I do not have the before photos on hand but I do have that after. So for what it’s worth, they were in real need of some care and did not look like these after photos. But these two photos show just how beautiful these plates are in their restored state. Hopefully I’ll find the original before photos so we can show the difference. But I love these so much that I just wanted to show...

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Restoring Patched painting

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Restoring Patched painting

This painting came to us with a previous restoration. Unfortunately the restoration was done improperly with small canvas patches glued on the back (with animal hide glue) to repair rips in the canvas. Glue is not a good thing and causes problems for future restorations.   Painting before restoration   Canvas back showing the glued areas after we removed the canvas patches. The glue unfortunately went straight through to the paint and could not be removed.   Back of canvas after relining.   Showing damage on the front of the painting.   Showing damage on front of...

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Beautiful seascape with tear restored

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Beautiful seascape with tear restored

This beautiful seascape oil painting came to use with a large tear in the canvas. It also needed some cleaning, but the tear was the big problem. It is an old painting which was also somewhat brittle and delicate. A relining was needed to bring some stability back and make it more feasible to repair the...

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