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Archive for October 2014

Transforming the Appearance of a Vintage Turret with Four “Period” Colors

Vintage Turret After Color Makeover

Vintage Turret Before Color Makeover

Our client has a late nineteen-century gray stone building in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Last year, she had hired painters to help her do a major color makeover on her turret. As shown in the “before” picture, the bay window was indeed “color-challenged”.

Our client had to let go of her initial painters, as they could not come up with a successful color palette for the project. Frustrated by her first experience, she found out about our company’s historical color expertise and quality of execution. She hired us to bring about a solution to her color design predicament.

Developing the color scheme for the project turned out to be the most challenging part of the project. For half the day, the bay window is in the shade. In the afternoon, it is in the bright sun. Finding colors that looked good in the shade and did not wash out in the sun (or appeared different in bright light) proved to be quite difficult. Arriving at the right colors required a few hours of consultation and actual field-testing the color in different lighting conditions. Achieving the desired result required the concerted efforts of all involved, including the client.

The project also involved extensive preparation of the metal surfaces, as well as some metal fabrication to replace six missing ornamental pieces at the bottom of the panels. Working with the customer until the client is completely satisfied is what we do as a team in our company