Gilding | Old World Restorations

by Administrator23. July 2014 13:44

Gilding Adds Quality and Value

In the art world, nothing makes a piece stand out more than a gold overlay. Gilding is a decorative process in which gold leaf or dust is applied to a surface. This process can be used on furniture, architectural items, and glass. Although gold is the most commonly used metal in this technique, other metals such as bronze and silver can be used as well. It is important for one to understand how this decorative process works before they commission any work to be done.

The Water Method

Gold and other soft metals can be added to any wooden, plaster, and stone surfaces with the wet method. Although this process is very time consuming, the final result is a professional and high quality finish that cannot be accomplished by any other gilding method.

The Oil Method

Water is not the only way to add a gold finish to a surface. It can also be accomplished using oil. The oil process takes less time to complete. Even though the quality of finish is not as fine as the one that is produced by the water method, it can be used to apply gold to a more diverse range of materials and surfaces for indoor and outdoor projects.

Retouching Previously Finished Surfaces

While it is possible to touch up previously gilded items with a new layer of bronze and gold powder, it is not recommended. This could do more harm than good and cause retreated items to have a lackluster and discolored appearance.

Caring for Gilded Items

Items that are covered in genuine gold can last indefinitely with the right kind of care. The use of water, varnishes, and other substances can seriously mar the beauty of one’s pieces. Dusting the surfaces with a clean and dry brush will help to keep dirt and dust from accumulating. Restoration companies can give your pieces a thorough cleaning, without compromising the integrity and quality of the finish.

The advantages of gilding are abundant. In addition to adding a superior quality finish to materials, it also increases their sentimental, artistic, and financial value.


Furniture Restoration | Old World Restorations

by Administrator18. June 2014 15:20

Secrets to Keeping Your Furniture in Good Condition 

Old World Restorations is well-experienced with furniture restoration, but we also want to help you keep your furniture in the best condition possible so that you can continue to enjoy it as long as you can. Learn secrets from the experts and discover how to take great care of your old and new furniture pieces. 

Keep Your Furniture Out of Direct Sunlight

Your furniture will look better when you keep it out of direct sunlight, and that’s especially true for your table tops. While your east- and south-facing windows might offer the best sun, they’re also doing the most damage to your furniture. What happens is that the sunlight heats up the windows as it passes through and all of that built up heat is transferred to your furniture where it can cause damage to the finish. The sun’s ultraviolet rays also contribute to the deterioration of your furniture, causing you to need furniture restoration sooner than you actually need to.   

Maintain Proper Humidity Levels

Quality furniture is designed to be maintained at a certain humidity percentage, and in the winter the humidity in your home can begin to dip. When this happens, your furniture can start to become damaged since air is being sucked out of the wood. If you’ve noticed that your furniture is cracked, the joints are loose or that the wood looks as though it’s shrinking, then there’s a chance that your home’s humidity levels are off.

Pay Attention to Your Furniture Polish

If you use any furniture polish that gets rid of wax buildup, it could be doing more harm to your furniture than good. The reason for this is that there are abrasives in the chemicals that essentially act like shards of glass as you rub them over your furniture. It’s also best that you stay away from polishes that have silicone in them since they can lead to contamination. Your best bet is to simply use warm water and a mild liquid detergent.


Get in touch with Old World Restoration for more tips about taking care of your furniture, or if you’re in need of professional furniture restoration.  


Art Restoration Services | Old World Restorations Cincinnati

by Administrator31. March 2014 17:35

We provide so many art restoration services that it's hard to keep track of them all - which isn't exactly a bad thing. It just means we do it all!

We have been providing art restoration services collectors, individual people, museums, schools, libraries, interior designers, dealers and insurance companies since 1978. Our reach is nationwide.

We have over 150 years of experience among our staff members, and each and every one of them offers a unique and wide variety of art restoration and conservation services. We will take your piece and restore it to its former beauty, as well as preserve damaged or deteriorated art. We have worked on it all, including photographs, antiques, collectibles, documents, family heirlooms and much, much more.

From easier repairs and cleaning, to museum conservation and restorations, we follow the guidelines in the Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics established by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (A.I.C) with every piece. We take detail to heart and into mind when working on your delicate pieces.

Just some of our art restoration and conservation services include:

Paintings Cleaned, Restored and Conserved

Frame Repair, Restoration and Gilding

Porcelain and Art Pottery Repaired and Restored

Glass & Crystal Repaired and Restored

Silver & Metal Repair, Restoration, Polishing and Plating

Bronze Cleaning, Restoration, Waxing and Patination

Statuary and Stone Cleaning, Consolidation and Restoration

Ivory Stabilized, Restored and Preserved

Wood and Furniture Cleaning, Repair, Polishing and Conservation

Photograph Restoration, Preservation and Digital Reproduction

Paper & Prints Cleaned, DE acidified and Conservation

Modern & Historic Document Deacidification, Mending and Preservation

Museum Quality Conservation Framing

Art Lighting – Systems Design and Installation

Art Handling, Packing and Shipping

Collection Surveys and Inspections

Insurance Claims

Fire & Water Damage Restoration

Emergency Disaster Art Recovery Services

Fine Art Appraisals arranged with Qualified Appraisers

Consultations, Lectures and Seminars


Photo Restoration Process | Old World Restoration

by Administrator9. December 2013 15:01

How does someone go about restoring an old or damaged photo? How would you breathe new life into something so old and weathered?

Well, it's not easy, we'll tell you that! But it ultimately depends on: 1) what kind of work needs to be done to the photograph and 2) if you want either the actual photo restored or if you want it to be turned into a digital restoration instead. Our digital restoration services can restore your damaged photos to new by using the latest and greatest graphical image manipulation technology to date. This is the route you want to go in if your photograph is in a state of intense deterioration. 

So How Does it Work?

The digital photo restoration, one of the more common forms, is actually quite difficult.

You start with a high-resolution scanned copy of the photo. (NOTE: the original copy of your photo will be returned to you in the same condition that it was received. It will NOT be altered.) We then evaluate the photo and make notes about where it will need digital alterations, and how to go about them.

Restoration Process

Once the photo is scanned and evaluated, it's cropped to specify the working areas. Any "obvious" problems such as spots, tears, holes, cracks, fading, stains and scratches are removed. The overall color and contrast is usually altered as well. All of these steps are taken to present a clean and clear working photograph.

Image manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop are usually used to patch, "heal" and clone certain spots of the photo. The program (usually) knows how to automatically identify problem areas. Using the built-in tools usually mean you'll need to work around with them a lot, trying different things out until you get the desired effect.

From there we will touch up the details using some of the tools in our digital manipulation program, trying to match it as close as we can to the original. A photo that's restored to the likeness of the original will be not only free of defects, but it'll be colorized correctly (and free from fading), it will be of a high resolution, and it will be clean. Check out some of our digitally restored photos below!


Photo Restoration Service | Old World Restoration

by Administrator6. November 2013 14:16

Photographs are miraculous things. They catch a single moment in history for the rest of time, provided that they hold up through time. Unfortunately, as photos get older, they start to age: they change color, fade, become wrinkled, and might even get damaged by the elements. Photographs can even suffer from acidity, tears, stains and holes. But never fear, that's why we're here to help! Our photo restoration and preservation services include cleaning, flattening, repairing, color-matching and retouching. We also offer digital photo restoration services -- another method to get that beautiful photo right back to new. This option should be used if your photo is beyond normal repair limits. Preserve the important moments from your past and inquire about our photo restoration services!

Preventing Photo Deterioration

There are a few things you can do to proactively take care of your cherished photographs.

Consider these pointers:

  • Store them in a photograph album with film to cover them.
  • Do not store them in the attic or basement, where they would be subject to intense heat/humidity, cold or dampness.
  • Wear clean gloves when handling them.
  • Handle them gently.
  • Touch the sides of the photos when handling them.

 Art Restoration

Above: Restored photograph, Old World Restorations

Art Restoration Cincinnati

Above: Restored photograph, Old World Restorations


Frame Restoration | Old World Restoration

by Administrator21. October 2013 21:11

So you have an old frame that you absolutely adore, but it's just not its old self anymore? Perhaps it looks worn, tarnished, and is even cracked, broken and discolored in places.

We can help!

We do frame and gold leaf restoration. We put as much care and attention into restoring frames as we would the painting itself. We can restore any type of frame, including even the simplest wooden frames.

Our frame restoration services include:

  • Cleaning
  • Repairing 
  • Stabilization of corners
  • Color-matching
  • Gilding
  • Toning
  • Fabrication of missing pieces
Below is an excellent example of our work. Call us with any questions at (513) 271-5459.


Above: Before the restoration process

Painting Repair

Above: After the restoration process


Painting & Art Restoration | Old World Restoration

by Administrator2. October 2013 18:44

The concept behind the process of art restoration is simple: the act of restoring and polishing up a piece of work of art to a previous state that the restorer believes to be its "original" state. The technique behind it, though, is something else entirely. So how does art restoration work?

Restoring Oil Paintings

This restoration process refers to several different things, all wrapped up into one. Restorers will remove surface dirt and discoloring, apply professional treatments, and, if needed, replace elements of the painting with similar pigment. (These are the main steps, but there are many more steps, as indicated below.)  A good professional restorer will make sure that the retouching of the artwork is limited to specific areas of paint loss and/or damaged areas. Oil paintings can be touched up with glaze that is transparent or semi-transparent, as well, always as needed. Of course, the techniques used will vary by piece of art. Each piece will be restored in accordance with its colors, shapes, genre, structure and its original materials will be kept in mind during the process.

A note on the backing support of oil painting: The different types of material support used for oil paintings can include wood paneling, paper, cardboard, composition board, metal and canvas. Each one can offer a different advantage for the artist and artwork, but will come along with different procedures for the person restoring the art.

Our Process

Our restoration process is much more "scientific." We have a many-stepped process that includes a scientific analysis of the artwork, restoration of damage, reduction or removal of yellowed varnish, infilling of the paint loss and more.


Antique Furniture Restoration | Old World Restoration

by Administrator10. September 2013 14:48

Antique Furniture Restoration

The big thing you’ll have to be aware of when considering restoring your antique furniture is that it will likely lose almost, if not all, of its value if not done correctly. This is because antique collectors much prefer that the old / original material in the creation of the furniture be kept intact. Is a piece of furniture truly an antique if the original materials are no longer present?

That being said, the antique restoration industry has changed vastly over the years. The practice of caring for and restoring fine furniture is now dedicated to preserving the original finish and individual elements of the furniture. Special attention is given to every area that makes the antique special.

Our Policies

We restore and preserve these types of antique furniture:

      ·        Paper-mache

      ·        Wood

      ·        Lacquer

      ·        Stone

      ·        Ivory

      ·        Metal

Our antique restorers give each element of the furniture individual attention in the restoration of the whole object.

Cleaning Antique Furniture

Antique furniture cleaning needs to be done with the same amount of caution. A reputable antique furniture cleaner will be able to identify all of the materials used to create the piece. The cleaner should then know that each material used in its construction will have a different reaction to the solvents and cleaning agents to clean it.

In conclusion, we will work with you in deciding whether to restore, preserve or clean your antique furniture. We have experienced furniture conservators willing to talk it out with you and go over your options. Let us know how we can help – call us at (513) 271-5459.


Our Art Restoration Services | Old World Restoration

by Administrator22. August 2013 18:30

We provide a wide range of art restoration and conservation services. We clean, restore and conserve paintings, repair, restore and gild frames, repair and restore glass and crystal art, and so much more! Check out a list of our services below:

ü  Silver and metal: repair, restoration, polishing and plating

ü  Bronze: cleaning, restoration, waxing and patination

ü  Statuary and stone: cleaning, consolidation and restoration

ü  Ivory: stabilized, restored and preserved

ü  Wood and furniture: cleaning, repair, polishing and conservation

ü  Photographs: restoration, preservation and digital reproduction

ü  Paper and prints: cleaned, de-acidified and conservation

ü  Modern and historic document: de-acidification, mending and preservation

ü  Museum quality conservation framing

ü  Art lighting: systems design and installation

ü  And more


If your art, antiques, family photos and old documents need cleaned or restored, the experts at Old World Restorations will restore them to their original beauty! We can help you preserve a piece of your past or help you get it looking like new for future generations. 

When does art need restored?

Art may need restored or it may need cleaned if it is showing any of the following signs:

      ·         Discoloration

      ·         Visible cracks

      ·         Spots

      ·         Darkening

      ·         Fading

      ·         Fire or water damage

Call us at (513) 271-5459 (extension 101) for more details.

Art Restoration Cincinnati


Selecting a Conservator | Old World Restorations

by Administrator29. December 2012 16:24

When damage occurs to art, antiques, photographs and historic documents you should seek the advice of an experienced conservator.

A professional conservator can diagnose problems, provide treatment options when necessary, prescribe a maintenance plan and recommend proper display and storage practices to prevent further damage.

Choosing the right conservator to best restore and preserve your treasures can sometimes be complicated and intimidating. Many private conservators provide restoration and conservation services to the general public, as well as to museums and institutions.

You should select a conservator in the same way that you would choose a doctor, lawyer or any other professional. Make sure that the conservator’s training, experience and facility are appropriate for your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask for and check references, see examples of completed projects that are similar to yours and to tour their facility.

Verify that the conservator has established appropriate handling and storage procedures, provides adequate security and the proper insurance to protect your items while in their care.

Ask the conservator if the results of their proposed treatment can be reversed without further damage to the item (which is important) and if they will provide you with written estimates and detailed documentation of all treatments performed. The selection of a conservator depends in part on the type of materials that require treatment.

The restoration and conservation of paintings, ceramics, wooden objects, textiles, metals and paper demands different knowledge, facilities and expertise.

Seek recommendations from museums and galleries in your community. Many museums use the services of conservators to care for items in their collections. Curators of such institutions are usually willing to provide the names and addresses of conservators who have performed conservation treatments.

Contact Old World Restorations, Inc.  Cincinnati,Ohio for your Art Conservation and Restoration needs.  (513) 271-5459



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