Historic Woodwork Restoration

Restoration of Historic Furniture and Woodwork

Restoration isn’t just refinishing – it’s the preservation of history using proper conservation methods and skills acquired through education and experience.

Conservation Techniques

Our craftsmen have years of experience using “old world” techniques and products which enable us to match colors and finishes original to the period.

Before

The finish on the doors at the Union Depot in St. Paul were in very rough condition from years of neglect and poor maintenance.

After

When the Union Depot underwent complete restoration our experienced wood finishers were able to completely remove the old failing finish, custom match to a provided sample, and apply a high quality exterior grade varnish.

In 2012 the Union Depot in St. Paul underwent a complete restoration project. Inside the Depot stand these very unique Track Cabinets. Their purpose was four-fold. Tell the arrival and departure times of the trains (clock face has been removed from center upper face). A light would go on indicating the arrival of a train (top of cabinet). Placards describing where the train was going and coming from stored in the lower section of the cabinet. Finally the entire cabinet was insulated with galvanized steel and seaweed, as it functioned as a radiator cabinet. Ductwork was originally attached to the top of the cabinet.
The original finish was intact yet in tough shape.

The wood finishers and touch-up artists at Fresh Air Finishers were able to restore the original finish on the cabinets. Repairing and replacing broken pieces, custom mixing and replacing color where needed, cleaning, and applying a protective finish.

These valances for the dining room windows at the historic Alexander Ramsey house were in storage in the basement. Several of the carved medallions on the front of the valances were missing, they were very dusty and the finish was damaged in several places.

Our touch-up artists were able to make molds of the original medallions and cast new ones which were expertly color matched to match the originals and applied. We also restored the original finish. Stop by the Ramsey house sometime and see if you can tell which medallions are the originals. It is a great museum house in St. Paul.