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I started my painting career in 1975 while helping my cousin paint a large colonial style home on Benefit St. in Providence, Rhode Island. I was amazed by the number of old homes in this area that were just falling apart, some were for sale for just peanuts. Today those same houses are worth millions and Benefit St. is a very posh place to live.I grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York, Newburgh to be exact, an area that is rich in old historic homes and American History. From my summer job with my cousin I decided to turn that experience into a career in what I call “cosmetic historic restoration”.I started painting old homes of all types, I worked on mostly homes that dated from the late 1700’s to the mid 1800’s.

 

What a thrill it was for me to transform these old run down places that people back in the 1970’s and 80’s were buying for nothing and slowly fixing them up. Taking on always one job at a time with a small crew of maybe 3 to five guys we would grind through these projects stripping them down to the original wood or brick substrate, re-glazing window sash and applying fresh primer and fresh paint. As time went on my reputation as a painter grew into something I would have never imagined and I became the go to guy for historical painting. I had the privilege of working on rooms that George Washington would meet his commanders in such as the Van Cortlandt Mansion in New York City and the Gold Room in the officers club at the West Point Military Academy.

 

My expertise in the art of painting grew into doing plastering projects, like the one at West Point and Van Cortlandt where we ripped out the old walls and ceilings and reapplied the brown coat, scratch coat and smooth plaster finish coat. I learned how to plaster from an Italian plasterer named Carmine Donato who had an Irish assistant named Mark Flannery. These guys were amazing and we did several projects together as with each job I learned more and more. The most amazing jobs were the ones we ran new plaster cornice up on the ceilings and walls an art you never see today.Painting has changed a lot in recent years, it seems to have turned into a trade that all people think about is hurry up and get it done. Well I suppose that’s ok for some but for me its about doing the proper job and if it takes a little longer it will last a little longer.

 

John Molloy
John Molloy Painting

 

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