Blackburn Conservation LLC has extensive experience with decorative paint and mural conservation, cleaning and restoration. We perform the full spectrum of decorative paint and mural conservation, including inspections and finish analysis. Only after extensive finish analysis do we attempt cleaning or treatment of an original surface.  If a protective or remedial coating is being considered, we first evaluate the effect of the coating on the long term stability and future conservation of the object or surface. We can do in-painting for works on canvas, ceilings and walls. Since the preservation of the original work is essential, we always practice minimally invasive methods and treatments to insure as little disruption of the original surface as possible. 






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Massachusetts State House Library: Decorative Paint Restoration


The State Library, located in the 1895 addition to the Bulfinch building, required accurate decorative paint restoration. It was originally decorated with multi-color walls and complicated transparent and semi-transparent glazes on the columns, pilasters, door surrounds and entablature.  Successive redecoration campaigns resulted in all of this classical trim being painted a...

Fairhaven Unitarian Church: Decorative Paint Conservation and Restoration


The Gothic Revival Unitarian Church, designed by Charles Brigham, contains a series of very sophisticated wall stencils made to imitate silk fabric.  Located in the Lady’s Parlor, now the Church Office, water infiltration had dampened the plaster and caused the decorative paint on the walls to...

Library at Wilderstein Historic Site: Decorative Paint Conservation and Restoration

New York

Decorated by Joseph Burr Tiffany (a cousin of Louis Comfort Tiffany) in 1888, the library ceiling at Wilderstein was executed in a “Flemish Revival Style” and was  intended to represent an illuminated manuscript, composed of foliate branches, stems and leaves, painted and stenciled on old parchment.  When we first viewed...

Old Stone Bank Building: Decorative Paint Restoration

Rhode Island

The decorative paint panels which comprise the 50 foot interior domed ceiling had been damaged in certain areas by chronic water leaks.  After first repairing the damaged plaster surfaces and removing failed paint, Blackburn matched the existing paint colors and sheen.  Thanks to this perfect paint color matching, we were able to make...

Sanford Covell Villa Marina: Paint Conservation and Stenciling

Rhode Island

The elaborately stenciled Egyptian revival stenciling programs applied throughout the house had all been restored and repainted except for the Billiards Room, located off the front hall stair landing.  While the ceiling of the room had sustained little damage, the walls were extensively cracked and chipped due to plumbing issues, as...

Chateau sur Mer: Decorative Paint and Gold Leaf Conservation

Rhode Island

The ceiling in the Wetmore Bedroom dates to the period of redecoration under William Morris Hunt. Over the years, a combination of plaster and paint adhesion problems created small but noticeable areas of loose and missing paint and gold leaf. Due in large part to their size and thickness, the...

Hedge House Museum: Faux Bois/Wood Grain Conservation and Restoration


The headquarters of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society in Plymouth MA performed a finish analysis as part of the reinterpretation of the entrance hall of Hedge House. It revealed that the two doors in this space were originally faux wood grained. While graining survived on the opposite...

John Hancock Chariot: Antique Carriage Conservation and Restoration


This carriage originally belonged to John Hancock and was in the possession of the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Dames. It was exhibited at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead in Quincy, Massachusetts. The vehicle had undergone significant change over the years and was finally mounted on sleigh runners in the late nineteenth...