Scenic Wallpaper Installation and Restoration Services
John Nalewaja has been installing and restoring both new and antique wallpapers for more than 30 years. For the last 20 years, he has specialized in working with scenic and panoramic wallpapers. In addition to helping clients with new installations, John and his assistants will also remove, restore and reinstall wallpaper. Examples of past work are shown here.
Support begins even before clients order new scenic wallpaper. Jim Francis advises clients who are planning new jobs. He will measure each space and then work with wallpaper showrooms to lay out custom fabrications. He also provides mockups and scaled drawings to help clients ensure that they plan the most beautiful room possible.
In addition to installing new wallpaper, John and his assistants will also remove, restore and reinstall wallpaper, whether in the same location, a new location or on boards to hang as artwork. Services go beyond straight installation of wallpaper, to include simple cleaning and/or damage repair, as well as the restoration and preservation of rare and historic papers.
John and Jim have worked with many antique papers and have trained their assistants to implement the best possible practices to restore valuable and historic papers so that they can be reinstalled and enjoyed for many more years to come. Click on the picture to see more examples of restoration.
Cleaning and repair
Careful cleaning can add years to the life of a scenic wallpaper. John’s assistants will painstakingly clean even the most delicate of handblocked or handpainted papers and they can make both small and extensive repairs to damaged paper. Perhaps the most commonly requested repair service is leak repair. For before and after pictures of leak repairs and other repairs, click on the photo.
Clients frequently opt to remove valuable or favorite scenic wallpaper, sometimes for reinstallation and sometimes for sale at auction. John Nalewaja and his assistants can safely remove paper installed over muslin and will prepare it for reinstallation or storage as directed. Click on the photo to see pictures of successful removals.
Wallpaper is often removed and reinstalled because of water damage and John Nalewaja has had many years of experience repairing and reinstalling handblocked or handpainted wallpaper. Jim can help clients negotiate the insurance claim process as well.
John and his assistants can also reinstall paper in a completely new space. Frequently, wallpaper bought at auction is then reinstalled in a completely different space and John can help clients plan to show the paper to it’s best advantage–chair rail or no? Framed as artwork? Extended either above or below? Click on picture to see more examples of reinstallations.
John Nalewaja's experienced artists have restored entire rooms of valuable wallpaper and have also done jobs as simple as in-painting switchplates and vent covers. Click on the photo to see more examples of artwork.
Boards and Screens
Sometimes clients have only a small amount of scenic wallpaper or want to take their wallpaper with them when they move. John Nalewaja can install wallpaper on boards which can then be hung as artwork. This can be done with either new or antique paper. The boards can also be made into screens, increasing their portability even more. Click on the photo to see more examples of boards and screens.
For more information, call (212) 496-6135.