Archive for Historic Restoration

La Jolla Athenaeum Door Restoration

My childhood library in La Jolla is now the La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Driving by as I often do, I noticed the natural wood doors were not looking up to snuff. Now that my kids are grown and enjoying my as The La Jolla house painter , I offered my services gratis, to refinish these two French doors facing onto Girard Avenue.

Door refinishing is a specialty of ours at Peek Brothers and I enjoy the opportunity to work with the tools of my trade to keep my hometown looking sharp


• The wood door was in very poor condition so I stripped off the existing varnish.
• Using a Festool German vacuum sander, I removed all the old finish down to bare wood.
• Sikkens Cetol 1 stain was applied to darken the wood and bring out the Douglas Fir graining
• Three coats of Cetol 23 Plus was applied with sanding in between to insure a super smooth finish.
• The Cetol 123 Plus product builds to a nice satin sheen that is a touch softer and stays more resilient to heavy sun exposure than say, a spar varnish, which over time becomes harder and more brittle and thus prone to failure, especially on softer woods that expand and contract with heat and humidity changes like pine or Douglas fir.
• Entry doors or patio furniture made of Teak or Mahogany are very stable woods that look just stunning with Cetol Marine, a satin finish that is slightly tinted to enrich these natural hardwoods
If you have a front (or side) door that has been beaten up by the sun and needs some attention, we really enjoy wood refinishing and making the entry to your home really shine
You might wonder why I mention the sander I used by name? Festool makes quite possibly the finest sanding and dust collector system in the business. I particularly like that the sander has a very tight oscillation so it never leaves swirls in the wood that can ruin a finish. Also the vacuum attachment keeps dust out of the work area as it is collected right through the sander. When you are applying a fine finish, you cannot have any dust present. Clients love that it keeps our work areas nice and clean 
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Refinishing Entry Doors

Entry doors can get damaged by the sun. Proper preparation and refinishing will keep this door beautiful for years

Wood doors need to be maintained. If exposed to heavy sun and water, these doors need periodic maintenance
To refinish:

  1. If badly failing; remove all finish by stripping and sanding
  2. Stain wood to even color with Cetol 1 or Sansin
  3. Apply two to three coats of tinted Cetol23 Plus or Sansin
  4. Maintain every two years with a refresher coat and door will be beautiful for years

Refinishing natural wood home
Refinishing Teak Deck
Sansin refinish on mahogany door and windows
More on refinishing garage doors and entry doors
Deck refinishing
Refinishing teak furniture
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El Patio Building in La Jolla refinished with Dunn Edwards Evershield

The El Patio Building in La Jolla California needed a face lift! The owner watched us working for months on the restoration of St James by the Sea just down the street. Impressed with our level of preparation and attention to detail, he asked Peek Brothers Painting to attend to his building as well. Extensive wood repair was necessary and to protect from further wood rot, we installed drip flashing on all exposed beams and rafter tails. Finished with premium grade Dunn Edwards Evershield, the building has now been restored to its original beauty. Thanks to Dunn Edwards Representative Dan Harris and his team for helping with color and specifications. A special shout out to Jennifer, LeeAndra and Joe at the Kearney Mesa DE store for mixing 100’s of gallons of paint for us!

Restoring a Richard Neutra Designed Home

Famed architect Richard Neutra designed and built 4 homes in San Diego. This residence near San Diego State was built in 1960 and is a beautiful mix of white stucco, floor to ceiling glass and natural redwood. Neutra worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Schindler early in his career. Neutra became known for spare and open structures that took advantage of the moderate west coast climate.

A previous owner had put many coats of varnish over the exterior wood that was originally specified by the architect to be simply oiled. The hard glossy varnish gave the house a “Brassy” look and was blistering, de-laminating and peeling everywhere. The home had lost its organic look.
Our stripping and sanding this beautiful wood was quite a task but my oh my what a pleasure it was to put fresh, penetrating oil on that wood…there is nothing more beautiful than clear heart, tight grained redwood!

This gorgeous structure took a lot of elbow grease  but it was a labor of love….I even have a portrait of the completed guest house in my office! We used various products: Amteco TWP 1501, Sikkens Cetol Marine and Festool vacuum attached sanders to keep sanding dust at a minimum and get this pristine result. The owner was so pleased that we were commissioned to refinish the interior as well.

Scripps Carriage House

 

Beautiful Windows

Beautiful Windows

This was a super fun project! The building is old, historic and the paint was in terrible shape…just what I love to tackle! When a structure has this kind of beauty underneath, I love to nurture it back to its former glory…even though it was just a carriage house…what we today call a garage 🙂

This old Carriage House was once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps and her sister

Virginia. Ellen was known for her philanthropy and was known as Virginia was a bit of a curmudgeon, who disliked it when she saw anyone wearing purple as she felt only she could wear purple in the town of La Jolla!

The colors were chosen carefully from a palette of colors that were available and used quite commonly in the era the building was erected. Look at the detail in the windows…the diamond shapes are very distinctive and were quite a job to get re-puttied cleanly and then painted in all those sharp corners

Prep-Carriage-House

Prep-Carriage-House

The interior was prepared as well…but not to park cars or carriages! It is now a state of the art archival storage facility with a climate controlled storage for priceless historical documents and photographs. If you look closely at the window

photo, you will note the fire suppression system.

This project was a donation by us to The La Jolla Historical Society. Our work and materials were given as a gift back to the community of La Jolla.

Carriage-House-After

Carriage-House-After

 

Jessop’s Clock Restoration

jessops-clockWe at Peek Brothers Fine Home Painting are really proud to have made a San Diego landmark look like new again – the Jessop’s Clock in Horton Plaza, San Diego. This 102 year old clock had not had a major refurbishment in years and required extensive preparation and fine finishing with extensive gilding with 23 carat gold leaf to bring it back to it’s former glory.
You may remember it at its old location, downtown on 5th Avenue. Well, a few years back, it was moved to the main level at Horton Plaza. We were given the opportunity to completely refurbish the exterior of this San Diego icon. It had been years since any extensive work was done. After encasing the clock in scaffold, we went to work. Preparation was key to a successful outcome for the smooth sprayed finish and the extensive gilding with real gold on all the highlights!

Dear John: You managed the job with enthusiasm and attention to detail the job required. You strove for perfection not seen for years on this 102 year old clock. The entire Jessop family thanks you for your talent, patince and the wonderful job. Jim Jessop