Tuesday, February 26, 2013

climbing up the walls

I thought the next few days would be a bust, as work was supposed to take us out of town, but that was canceled, and we found a few hours today to work.

What, not everyone uses their sleeping porch
as a wood shop at night in the sleet and rain?

The floor is done other than a final cleaning and sealing, and it's time to turn our attention back to the walls.  Filling the corner blocks is a slow process because of how much material we need to add to make them square again, but we got a fair amount of the wainscot up. Although we couldn't use any of our salvage (our thin stuff is being hoarded for a third floor room), we bought some new stuff (gasp!) to protect the walls from errant laundry baskets.  We were planning on using the beaded plywood, but when we did the math it was actually cheaper to use the pine panels.  Very unexpected, and we're very happy about it - even though these will be painted I sleep better at night knowing they could conceivably be refinished in the future.  They're surprisingly well milled (they're just the packs from the blue store) and we haven't had trouble with the tongues or grooves on any of them.  We didn't buy the common beadboard pattern they carry because every pack they had was beat to hell, but this pattern is nice and somewhat different.

I swear I don't buy Hitachi tools
just because they're pretty.
hey look, my nail gun matches
matches my floor and my walls! 




We don't own a router, and none of the local stores carry a rabbited chair rail type molding we like, so we're using a simple piece of lattice that the cap molding will sit on top of while overlapping the top of the paneling. I haven't done it this way before - but hopefully it will solve some problems.

4 comments:

  1. It's admirable that you could modify the background of your house without calling any housing services. Hard work, yes, but I could see the result is somehow not bad either.

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  2. The pine wood panels looked fantastic against your walls. Did you have to sand it to smooth it? What color did you end up painting it with?

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    1. Thanks James! Would you believe the space isn't even 100% done yet? The paneling got painted out in a deep muddy teal, which looks lovely. We gave it all a light hand sanding before priming and painting.

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    2. Thanks James! Would you believe the space isn't even 100% done yet? The paneling got painted out in a deep muddy teal, which looks lovely. We gave it all a light hand sanding before priming and painting.

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