A common issue with older interiors and older painting is the brittleness of the paint. Prone to easy chipping, we use a variety of lead-safe methods to remove delaminating layers. On natural finishes, especially old canvas , often a thorough cleaning with very fine steel wool is all that is needed.
The conservation and restoration of frescoes is the process of caring for and maintaining frescos, and includes documentation, examination, research, and treatment to insure their long-term viability. The presence of pigment discoloration, stains and the formation of bio-film are indicative of chemical degradation.
Venice Décor Atelier restore many type of old Frescoes can be found in places of worship such as churches, ancient temples and tombs, as well as private residences and commercial establishments.
As plaster ages, the keys, or areas of adhesion to the lath, tend to break causing it to pull away. This results in cracked and sagging plaster. Simply filling or patching these cracks is only a temporary fix; with time the cracks will reappear. When appropriate we install plaster buttons to secure the plaster before excavating cracks and repairing them properly.
Process is important to us. Restorations are for pieces whose finishes are unique and need to be preserved. We only treat the damaged areas, keeping the original finish intact and blending the newer finishes into the original. Using our knowledge about period finishes and either recreating them, or if they are no longer available, mimicking them to match the original finish, we treat each piece like a master work of art.
First we disassemble the piece and remove the finish. Then we gently sand and repair any parts of the furniture that need additional attention. We apply color and spray coatings including a seal coat and at least two top coats. When the finish is properly cured, we assemble and detail the piece. Restorations are serious work.
Venice decor atelier is a proud recipient of certification for religious Residential Restoration.