WOOD FINISHES


We have extensive experience in wood finish conservation including: cleaning, conservation, finish analysis, touch up, finish matching and refinishing of shellac, varnish, lacquer, French polish, wax and oil finishes. The rich luster and depth of an old wood finish is an essential component of any historic interior. Frequently older finishes are stripped and replaced due to cosmetic blemishes.  By employing careful cleaning and conservation techniques, we are able to eliminate blemishes while maintaining the beauty of original finishes.  Often minor wood repairs and finish restoration can transform the appearance of balustrades, and panel systems. We can match old woods, remove stains and scratches. We can also restore and repair architectural columns and capitals and perform epoxy consolidation to original damaged woodwork.


Related Projects


Brookline Residence: Wood Finish Restoration

Brookline
MA

The mahogany paneled entrance hall of this early twentieth century colonial revival home was undergoing a major renovation. The panel system contained damaged and faded areas, and new mahogany doors and moldings were being added. The original windows were being replaced with new pine casement sash. Our assignment was to...


Church of the Advent: Wood Finish Conservation

Boston
MA

Designed in 1878 by architect John Hubbard Sturgis, the Church of the Advent is a prominent example of the English gothic revival style. Blackburn was asked to clean and conserve the delicately carved woodwork and polychrome sculpture of the Lady Chapel completed by the renowned master...


Old South Meetinghouse: Wood Paneling and Paint Conservation

Boston
Massachusetts

Grade changes made to an adjoining T station entrance had diverted water against the exterior wall of the Church. This saturated the brick and mortar, and subsequently the wood paneling and bench seating against the wall. The result was peeling paint and rotting of the bench sills, which led to...


MIT Fraternity House: Wood Finish Conservation and Water Damage Repair

Boston
MA

Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, the Chi Phi fraternity house sustained interior damage when a burst sprinkler allowed water to penetrate the walls and paneling of the mansion’s historic interior. Blackburn was asked to clean, conserve and repair the historic finishes in...


Concord Library: Wood Column Restoration

Concord
Massachusetts

The wood columns forming the entrance to the Concord Library's main branch had considerable rot on their wooden base moldings, which rested on stone base blocks. The challenge was to replace the moldings without removing the columns. We turned out new bases, divided into four sections and split in half.  We...