Re-Creating Original Decorative Finishes
The Lakeport restoration team has sought to interpret Lakeport as a site that has evolved – not one frozen in time. Original painted surfaces have been re-created or reproduced only where they have not survived or were found to be damaged beyond reasonable restoration. In those cases the work to be re-created has been carefully studied, documented and then reproduced in the spirit of the original samples. The goal in re-creating painted surfaces is to illustrate the same quality of finish and refinement the Johnsons intended for their Arkansas home.
- Remnants of original Music Room ceiling design
- Carefully removing paint to reveal design
- Music room contained ceiling design under paint
- Oak-grained front door reinstalled
- Becky Witsell re-creating oak graining on front door
- Re-created ceiling design in music room
- Careful removal of overpainting on a protected ell-porch door allowed the opportunity to study the original grainer's drawing and use of combs. Tracings were made of his panel compositions.
- Paint analysis of exterior doors revealed that they were originally grained in imitation of quarter-sawn oak