Let’s get it started
We finally became permanent tenured teachers last year and decided it was time to get more done on the house.
My friend Juan had found a great carpenter also named Juan who does it all… paint stripping, rough and finish carpentry, paint and stain. We took the plunge.
These guys are reliable. They show up on time and even work Saturdays. They never say no.
To start we planned to have them strip the living room, fix the plaster, paint, and restain, and fix our terrible front door.
We had done some stripping before and had only accomplished a small amount in about two years.
Early photo of our living room ceiling. Notice the box beam ceilings made of fir.
View back to door with me testing an antique lamp. Note the painted woodwork and the plaster patch on the wall to the left.
Strippers in the house
That’s right. You heard me.
By the time the first week with Juan’s team was over they had done a serious amount of Vini, Vidi, Vici in our living room.
Here is the south wall with all of the paint and cracked plaster removed. You can see that there used to be a beam going across the at the top of the window height. It was the fashion to cut these and make the house look more colonial during the 30’s. You can see the inglenook and fireplace to the left.
Holes in ceiling.
Inglenook window stripped
Stripping old finish off of the beams
The next step was to replace the missing beams and skim coat the patched plaster. Juan introduced me to my new favorite thing… reclaimed fir beams from demoed old houses. He resawed a 30 footer into a new wall beams using a circular saw and a portable planer. Awesome.
All of the beams have been replaced! Walls now have new plaster.
Looking back towards the dining room
The stain goes on. We had some hiccups with this process leading to us doing all of the stain in the rest of the house, but that’s another story.
The inglenook bench and window stained.
Finish on the wood with more paint samples.
Is it done?
Looking at the south west corner. You can see the picture moulding at the top that we bought/had milled to replace missing moulding.
The finished inglenook area.
So it has been 9 months but the other rooms are not done. Here are some final shots of the living room with all of our stuff stored. We have been living out of one bedroom and our kitchen. But you can see the work looks great.
Next time: The new new mantel.
-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne