Fabulous Framing: Fixer Upper

Every so often, a customer brings us art that needs a bit of TLC. Whether it's a painting with a tear, a lithograph with water damage, or an antique poster with brittle creases, we are always up for the challenge to make it look new again. The before-and-after can be stunning, as skilled conservators and restoration professionals breath life back into damaged pieces. The art itself isn't the only thing that needs a bit of fixing up from time to time -- occasionally, we also help facilitate the restoration of the frame that holds it.

When this customer came in, he was originally looking to pick out a new frame for his antique print. As we went over the options, however, we discussed how much we both liked the original frame, and how it had sentimental value for the customer, as the piece had been in his family for some years. 

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Taking a closer look, we noticed that the main issue with the frame was that some of the ornate detailing around the outer edges had chipped away. A few chunks remained, but in some places there was nothing but an empty gap. 

We began to consider restoration. Not only would a restorer be able to reattach the existing broken pieces, but they could actually make a mold of the still intact areas of the frame, which they could then use to recreate new ornament pieces to fill in the gaps. 

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A triumphant return, held up with pride by yours truly! When the frame came back from restoration, we were blown away by how accurately it had been restored. 

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Looking at the frame now, you would never suspect that it had been damaged, and you would also never suspect that it had been restored! The fixed areas look flawless and original, with astonishing attention to detail.

The customer and I couldn't have been more pleased with how this project turned out. It is so rewarding to have seen the entire process, start to finish! This family heirloom is now ready to serve the family for the next hundred years.