Charles Dickens Museum Cornice Restoration Project The curator of the charles dickens museum contacted us to undertake the stripping and restoring of the hallway cornice. Below is a testimonial from the curator. Dr Florian Schweizer Curator “Following a thorough tender and selection process, Jason Jewell was appointed to clean and restore the cornice in the entrance area and hallway of the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury , a Grade 1-listed
I started my cornice apprenticeship in 1984 with E G MILLAR PLASTERING LTD.
It was Mr Millar who first started to clean cornice’s with steam in early 1983, the very first cornice to be cleaned was in Highgate North London, which had great results, so Mr Millar went about promoting cornice cleaning and restoring cornice’s in and around London. read more….
In May of last year, I was appointed to undertake the cleaning and restoring of the cornice’s at 42 leinster gardens.
The main contractor had already approached one cornice firm to come in to the property to do a test on the cornice using paint stripper, although they had removed all the paint and the distemper, the chemical paint stripper had caused irreversible damage to the cornice, leaving the surface pitted. read more…
Displayed on this page are a number of images showing the cornices before cleaning and after cleaning.
We also have some images of the during process.
We use STEAM ONLY and have been doing so since 1985, we have seen time and time again the damage that chemical cleaning can do to fragile cornices that are hundreds of years old.
These have to be treated very carefully, and never removed if possible.
See our post here of the serious damage chemical stripper can cause and be aware that most of our compeitors use the chemical process to remove the many layers of old paint. If you want to keep your unique original features then please get a quote from us first.
We have been in business since 1985 steam cleaning and restoring cornices and ceiling roses, our business was the first firm to use this unique method steam only to clean off the build up of paint from plaster cornices in a professional set up, without the use of any chemical paint strippers.
Since starting in the early eighties cleaning / stripping cornices we have uncovered thousands of different designs from many types of period property’s in and around London, the earliest of which dates back to 1740.
The total amount of rooms with cornices that we have cleaned is approx five thousand.
From time to time when cleaning a cornice the uncovering of old repairs or missing parts of moulding may occur, we are able to recreate copy’s from the cleaned designs in the manner of the original craftsmen from the many different periods.
We can repair the cleaned cornices in the same way they where first made, the new repairs always complement original cornicing once they have fitted in to place, once repainted it’s very hard to tell where the repairs have been carried out.
All quotations are free of charge, also please note, all cornice cleaning and repair work is always carried out by ourselves and never sub contracted to a third party, we under take small and large contracts.
Once we have finished cleaning the paint from the cornice and carried out any repairs that we may have uncovered, the cornice is ready for repainting. Instead of using paint brushes to apply the paint onto the cornice we offer a spary painting solution. This is a very refined finish and prevents the build up of paint on the detailing of the corniceing. It looks fantastic and finishes off
Leinster Gardens, Bayswater London Another project that we enjoyed was the cornice cleaning of a beutiful property in Leinster Gardens Here you can see some great images of the amazing detail that was revealed once the cleaning had taken place ” slug=”Conice-Cleaning-at-Leinster-Gardens-London” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
The follow photos are from a private house Abbyville Road Clapham Common The property had a fire in the rear reception room in 2012. First, we cleaned what was left of the original cornice and ceiling roses, unfortunately the fire had damaged most of the ceiling mouldings in the rear reception room so all of the ceiling including all the cornice and ceiling mouldings had to come down. What is shown in the
We also clean, restore and replace Ceiling Roses.
We believe that if possible the original features should be kept but sometimes this is just not possible. In this case we try and restore the damaged area to keep as much of the original feature as possible.
If the Ceiling Rose is beyond repair we can supply a brand new one of high quality to blend in with the original features.read more…