Shellac

Shellac is a very useful tool in the decorative painter’s toolkit.  It is one of the most versatile and yet under utilized medium.  We have a small jar on every job because of it’s many uses (see below).  Shellac is one of the oldest paint mediums, used in Ancient Egyptian and Roman times as a […]

Plaster molding ceiling repair

A large ornament fell from the ceiling in the gallery at the Frick Collection,  requiring a plaster molding ceiling repair.  This is PART 2  – how we affixed the ornament back in place.  See the related posts:  PART 1- Ceiling repair at Frick Collection and upcoming   PART 3 – How to make a plaster mold. […]

How To Surgically Patch A Hole

Learning how to surgically patch a hole over a decorative finish is an invaluable skill.   In this post, I’ll show you how to patch a ding, divot, or in this case, a pretty major scar in the finish.   How to mix the correct color to camouflage the patch – that’s another post. Tools needed:   2 […]