Jim Lacey: A Pro Painter’s Perspective on Craftsmanship
A pro painter in New England shares his approach for blending modern painting materials and a traditional aesthetic.
Sponsored by Benjamin Moore
A painter since the age of 13, Jim Lacey ignored the pressure to give up his time on the jobsite for a management position running his painting company. To him, the reason he got into painting was for love of the work. In his neck of the woods, much of his work involves historic reproduction work, where shiny, perfect millwork would stick out like a sore thumb. To help the new work fit in with the surrounding environment and still retain a highly professional level of quality, Jim offers up some tricks of the trade learned over his 30 years in the business. He encourages clients to rely on Benjamin Moore’s line of historical color options for restoration as well as traditional painting jobs. When rolling paint onto plaster walls, he follows the paint roller with some hand brushing to mimic the trowel marks of a plastered surface.