Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quick update on kitchen

I haven't posted in quite a while. I've been using the unemployed time to both look for work and to work on the kitchen. It feels good to actually be making progress on the kitchen again. Here's the soffits being built.
Then sheetrocking the soffits and taping and final touchup of all the plaster. I thought we had the plaster as perfect as could be, but when the paint went on after the texturing several seams show up more than I thought they would.
This is the paint color Beth chose. For being a odd green color it surprising how great it looks. It's very cheary and pleasant. It also goes very well with everything; the cabinet stain, the white appliances, the countertop material, the satin nickel hardware. For being an apparently bold green it's quite nuetral and compatible.

The painting is now done and yesterday I tore up the green and white tile squares (they were quite easy to remove, the glue being so old and brittle) and began putting down the 1/4" plywood underlayment over the original fir flooring.

There is half a dozen details to finish before the cabinets actually go in, but we're getting close.

Monday, February 9, 2009


On further inspection this morning I decided my "Orange Peel" texturing of yesterday was far too smooth. I tried a little paint on a couple of spots and decided that several layers of paint would probably result in a smooth surface again.

Went to HomeDepot and bought more plaster. Dad had brought all the plaster when he was here previously and I wasn't aware of the cost. Yeah. . . it cost me a whole $7.44 to re-shoot the entire kitchen with a new coat of texture, and had some left over. The new texture is still what we might call an orange-peel quality, but at least I'm fairly sure it won't disapear under a few coats of paint.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Soffits and Orange Peel

I've finally got over my procrastination on the kitchen and tackled two jobs I've dreaded. Dreaded mostly out of not having done them before. The problem with the soffits is that I'm building their lower edge to meet the upper edge of the cabinets, but how do you frame in a perfectly straight and level edge to meet something that's not yet installed? The edge will be covered by a "picture rail" molding but it still needs to be a fairly good alignment. The other item was the spray texture for the sheetrock. Bought a cheap HomeDepot sprayer and went for it. Ended up with a fairly smooth and fine orange peel pattern. More fine than I had pictured but adequate. Anyway, I'm certainly not going to do it over again. I got a little more than 3/4 of the texturing done and ran out of plaster. Will finish it tomorrow after a trip to home depot.