Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Restoration of Authentic German Hope Chest

This is an authentic German Hope chest, which a friend of a friend asked me to restore. It was built in 1934, has German writing on the inside, and a unique painting on the top. It was severely damaged in shipment from Germany to the United States.

I had to repaint mostly the entire orange area on the lid; it was so damaged.....the customer did not want me to do too much to destroy the authenticity of the piece- and I believe I was true to his wishes.

This is the front view of the chest; and hopefully the areas that I had to repaint blends into the rest well. The entire corners and sides had to be sanded down in many areas. I then applied acrylic gesso, then matched the colors and painted one color at a time. The green area was very difficult because there are five variations of the green that had to be matched.



This is the first time I have ever undertaken this type of furniture "restoration". With patience and attention to detail, it can be done properly; and look even better than before.


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