John Nalewaja and his assistants have restored entire rooms of valuable wallpaper. Often the paper is repaired and rehung in its original location. Sometimes the paper is hung in a new location or is installed on boards to be made into screens or hung like artwork. Here are some examples of commonly requested types of restoration.
Repairs after leaks
Quite possibly the most commonly requested restoration is repair after a leak, either in the wall or a ceiling. John's assistants will remove the paper so that the leak can be fixed and the walls repaired as necessary. After the walls and/or ceiling have dried completely, the paper can be rehung and restoration can begin. In the example below, the thermostat was also replaced and the artist painted the scene over the new thermostat, enhancing the continuity of the scene.
Mold problems are common in the aftermath of a leak. John and his assistants can clean mold from some papers, but when that's not possible, they can install new sections of paper which can then be painted to match the original paper. In the example below, a leak behind the paper caused the paper to buckle and mold spots quickly appeared on the front of the paper. John removed the damaged paper, installed a section on new plain paper, and then the artist in-painted the scene again.
Restored and remounted on boards for artwork
One way to rescue valuable wallpaper is to remove it and reinstall it on boards which can then be hung as artwork and moved easily. In the instance below, a family wanted to preserve the wallpaper chosen for a family home that was being sold. John was able to successfully remove the paper, including sections of paper cut for doors. It was then cleaned and years of cigarette smoke were lifted off. After cleaning, the family agreed the paper had almost returned to its original coloration. Then, John and his assistants reinstalled the scenes on more than a dozen boards which could then be shared by various family members.
Creating screens from antique wallpaper is a great way to preserve the paper and to create a highly versatile design element that can be reused over and over.
See more examples of boards and screens in this gallery.
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