putting plaster on crown molding, repairing plaster in Arlington Italianate TOH TV project house
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Holding on to The Past

Restoring old plaster is a multistep process. Working from a 4-foot-high scaffold, Bucco and his team first went about patching all the holes in the walls and the living room ceiling, then covering the repairs with fiberglass mesh and a coat of veneer plaster. With a solid surface to build upon, the crew turned to the ornamental work.

Shown: Bucco packs the area with a layer of high-strength plaster; he scores the area and continues layering until the patch stands proud of the adjacent surfaces.
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