Stenciling Restoration at the Library
Good news abounds. With the temperatures in the 50’s it’s beginning to feel like this winter is finally over. It’s Friday afternoon. What could be better?
Well, here’s a heartwarming story about a beautiful restoration project on the handstenciled wall trim in the southeast corner our Memorial Hall Reference Room on the Second Floor of the Library. This project was recently completed by our very own, multi-talented reference librarian, Monica McDermott. You should come down and check it out…she’s really done an amazing job matching the paint color and brushwork. Below are some pictures and a short essay by Monica about the history of the stenciling and the restoration process:
|This is what the wall looked like after the work had been done to mitigate the water damage. As you can see the fresh coat of plaster was rather unsightly.|
|The first step was to match and fill in the green paint of wall behind the stenciled stripe itself.|
|Next step was to match and paint in the brown that backs the entire stenciled stripe.|
|Next up was to match and fill in the two paralell green stripes that inset the stencil.|
|And finally to re-hand-stencil the gold and green leafwork pattern of the inside of the stencil.|