Heirloom horses

One of my favorite projects to tackle is a good image restoration. It is so rewarding to bring a photo or a piece of art back to life! This early airbrush rendering was a family heirloom dating back to the beginning of the last century. The “paint distributor” (as the airbrush was known at the time of this piece), was developed in 1878, by Abner Peeler “for the painting of watercolors and other artistic purposes.” Unfortunately, this piece had been painted on a fragile paper, which had succumbed to years of exposure to light and air. The piece was too fragile to remove from the frame for scanning, and so we photographed it and retouched the resulting digital file. This enabled us to return the original to be safely stored away. When retouching was finished, the file was sent out for printing on a fine, acid-free watercolor paper (Rives BFK), ensuring that this favorite family image will last for many years to come!

Horses - Before

Horses - After

Walk right in

An unused space in a circa 1842 house. This space was pretty bad—probably to the point of dangerous. But its location right next to the bedroom made it ideal for a walk-in closet, which this house desperately needed. Closet space throughout the rest of the house was minimal at best. A thorough clean-out, some wallboard, cast off bookshelves, a simple sisal rug and three professional grade rolling racks later, this space was safe, accessible and functional. This newfound closet stores all clothing, shoes and accessories for two people, plus the space behind the rolling racks works well for storing camping gear, various holiday decorations, and other seldom used household items.

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Tiny space, big improvements

This bathroom gained a more spacious and cohesive look on a very small budget. The upper cabinet was lowered to create the illusion of a higher ceiling, and then, along with the vanity, got a few fresh new coats of creamy white gloss paint. These were veneered wood and had seen better days—the paint worked wonders covering up water damage while brightening up this small space. The new wall color references the floor and vanity top, further pulling the space together. A new light fixture is a great update and a towel bar hung with white towels balances the newly painted vanity and cabinet.

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