Church Painting – St Lazarus, E. Boston, Ma.

Church painting and plaster repair.

Church painting work at St Lazarus Church by Egan Church Restorations in East Boston, Ma. to assist with some internal plaster repairs and decorative painting. Water leaks from the roof and gutters had caused noticeable plaster damage inside the sanctuary and nave of the church. After the roof and gutters had been repaired, Egan Church Restorations came in to start the plaster repair and painting work.

Our team of church renovation experts started with removal of the old damaged plaster. Some sections were beyond repair so we removed sections, added new wire mesh and then applied all new plaster to insure a secure repair. Other simple cracks in the plaster were repair, taped and new skim coat of plaster applied.

Our team of artists then became the re-creation of the original painting and artwork. Stencil paintings on the aisle arches however, we quite complex and hand painting each would be prohibitive in cost. Our liturgical designers proposed making a copy of the stencil designs, recreating them on wall paper and applying them in place of the hundreds of individual stencil patterns. This saved tens of thousands of dollars without changing the look of the church.

During all this work, the parish fundraising efforts kicked into high gear as the parishioners started to see the startling results. In just a short time, they tripled the funds already collected so now a full interior renovation could be completed.

The pastor and parish building committee then requested pricing for many other repairs. Sanctuary carpet replacement, New Marble tiles, Pew refinishing, Replacement metal kneelers, and new vinyl tiles under the pews.

Our church painters completed all of the painting of the church and moved the scaffolding out. Our church flooring contractor then removed the old carpets and vinyl tiles. We moved the pews, and then installed all new vinyl tiles under the pews and installed new marble tiles in the sanctuary.

After completion, our work was recognized by the Boston Preservation Society with their 2103 “historic preservation of a religious site”.

Church painting work is not the same as residential painting. Most churches are complex in their structure and many times are quite old. In addition, due to the size of the building, scaffolding or lifts are needed to reach ceilings and upper walls.

Egan Church Restorations offer the skill and experience to assist your parish with repairing any plaster and re-painting your church to it’s original beauty. We also have artist who can add decorative finishes to highlight the architecture of the building. Faux marble finish, faux stone finish, stencils, gold leaf and rag roll finishes.

Our team also has the experience to coordinate our work with your parish schedules. We prefer it when the site can be closed during all the work, but some congregations simply cannot close and need the church for funerals and weekend services. We create a work schedule to accomodate as best as possible the continued use of the site, keeping everyone safe and cleaning beforehand.

Exterior church painting is also a challenge and needs a true understanding of the site and architecture to correctly setup and not damage underground pipes, septic systems etc and at the same time, adjust to hills and slopes in the ground. We use a combination of scaffolding and power lifts, depending on the site, to access all parts of the building including steeples. We always thoroughly sand all wood surfaces, make any wood repairs needed before painting begins. We then prime all surfaces and apply 2 coats of exterior latex paint. We use Benjamin Moore brand but we can accommodate anything you wish.