Kenwood House External Work

Highgate, London

During a major refurbishment during 2012-13, the front elevation was restored to its 1780’s condition. After two years of research and trials, Campbell Smith & Co specialists carried out substrate repairs prior to application of ‘sanding’, a technique intended to imitate stone texture, and common at the time the re-modelling of the facade was undertaken. Dry sand was ‘strewn’ (cast) into wet oil paint, allowed to dry, followed by a further application. Extensive trials were undertaken to establish the correct colour of sand, and the best method of application to achieve a uniform finish.