She adds, "It has been covered my whole life with layers of paint and wallpaper. I had always heard rumors of the murals and stenciling from older people. The current homeowners are on a historical board and wanted to find out if the rumors were true. They began to scrape back paint and found wallpaper. This layer is what saved the stenciling. The paper was applied in the 1930's and had a muslin liner behind it. It wasn't until around 2000 that the murals began to emerge with the intense labor of removing multiple layers of paint and paper. We assume itinerant painters did this, but the scale and quality is very high. There are at least two more rooms with stenciled walls and ceilings. We have uncovered a section in each room to show the patterns, but money is not available at this time to do restoration. There is also rumor of a mural going up the staircase wall. Nothing has been removed in that area to prove or disprove this. ANY HELP you might have on the style or origins of this job would be appreciated by me and the current owners."
Theresa goes on to say, "With a degree in Art History, I have always had a fascination for art. I love the execution of a project but the historian in me enjoys researching a project to get the details accurate. I have been an artist for over twenty years specializing in murals, gilding and restoration. I have traveled to Europe on a yearly basis since 1999 and enjoy talking to and working with artists there. I now specialize in decorative art, working with stenciling, faux marble and faux bois."
So there you have it. More of this fabulous project is featured on Theresa's blog and I will be featuring her again soon.