Posted: January 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen, woodworking | Tags: | 1 Comment »

Once we got into building the shelves, we found that the amateur sawmill job resulted in planks of varied thickness, no two the same, and some of them awfully thin. Our first task was to run each plank through the planer to smooth it down and plane away the high points and unevenness. You can only plane off a tiny little bit at a time, so you have to feed a plank through, shave off a wee little tiny bit, adjust the planer blades a little lower, and feed it through again, until the whole plank is smooth and uniform. It took a realllly long time! It would’ve gone a lot faster if all of the planks weren’t different sizes. But it’s pretty neat getting to use this salvaged wood.

mike at the planer
Mike at the planer
Here’s a before shot, showing the rough-sawn texture of the boards before planing.

rough board

And here’s the after shot, you can see the beautiful smooth boards after planing. The planer does the wide flat part of the board and we hand-plane the edge of every board.

smooth planed board

I got a lot of practice with the hand plane on this project! Richard has a beautiful collection of planes and he keeps them all nice and sharp, always. Some of them are hand-me-downs from my grandfather. The shiny new one was a recent birthday gift from my mom. I’ve watched more experienced carpenters work with planes and they make it look like magic, fast and easy, with beautiful long curls of shaved wood flying off to tangle on the floor. For me, it’s hard to keep the plane perfectly level and straight all the time, and if you aren’t careful it’s terribly easy to turn a nice neat edge into a very crooked, wobbly edge with just a few careless strokes. I move pretty slowly and carefully.


We’re going to edge-glue these planks to make the shelf 12″ deep. Most of the boards are only 6-10″ wide so we need to plane at least one edge of each board very very carefully to get it perfectly smooth and straight and square and then glue and clamp the edges together to make a wider plank. I think there’s a power tool that might make this job easier and faster, but whatever it is we don’t have it, so we do it all by hand.

eliza planing

new kitchen lights

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: electricity, kitchen | No Comments »

new kitchen lights

We finally got (almost) all the fixtures and shades for the kitchen ceiling lights! It was really hard to pick because we love old stuff but we don’t have any particular historical period that we’re trying to recreate. Our house has some prominent Victorian features, but most of the structure is older, and the exterior looks like it was originally made in a Greek Revival style before it got its Victorian makeover. But almost nothing of the original interior remains, aside from crumbly plaster and old lath. So the house doesn’t really give us any particular direction to follow. And anyway, electric lights weren’t around when our house was built. So we’re just going with a sort of 19th and 20th century hodge-podge. We didn’t think anything too dainty or flashy would make sense in a farmhouse kitchen with these rough exposed ceiling beams. These schoolhouse style shades were pretty popular around the 1920′s – 1940′s, though they most often hang from longer pendants. Because of our low ceilings, we chose 1930′s reproduction ceramic flush mount fixtures. I think they fit the space pretty well! They give a slightly warm, yellow light, which I like.

new kitchen lights

We did four of these same lights, and then we have two industrial pendant lights that go over the island. We got these metal shades at the salvage place in Kennebunk, and we bought these pendant fixtures online but I really do not like them at all so they’re only staying here til we replace them with something better.

kitchen lights

We’ll have one different fixture over the sink that we haven’t gotten yet (probably some kind of modern strip lighting that will hide behind the ceiling beam) and a different light in the corner by the fridge. We picked this crazy stripey shade, which I’m still trying to get used to. I’m not sure the fixture and shade are a perfect match for each other, but I’m going to wait and see if it grows on me. We can always switch it around later.

before new kitchen lights
before: bare bulbs / after: stripey shade

salvaged butternut wood for the kitchen shelves

Posted: December 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen, woodworking | Tags: | No Comments »

well-used plans

We’ve done lots of thinking and sketching and brainstorming about the kitchen shelves, and now that the plans are final(?!) we’re building them. We decided to use some butternut wood that I helped my dad salvage from a fallen tree in the the woods across the street from my parents’ house on thanksgiving day of 1990! We hauled the tree home and one of my dad’s friends sawed it into planks with some kind of portable sawmill. They stickered and stacked it in the goat shed to dry out, and it’s been there ever since, waiting for the right project. So (21 years later) Richard offered it to us for our shelves! We had to clear away some clutter to get at it, and brush away a lot of dust, but it still looked pretty good. (Some of the wood stacked in the loft above Richard’s workshop has been in storage maybe 50 years or longer!) Butternut is a little soft but it’s a hardwood and it’s got a nice warm color and distinctive grain that we think will look nice for our shelves.

dog in the woodshop
a whole bunch of wood in the workshop, i think some of it is the butternut we used for the shelves.

wood trim added in kitchen!!

Posted: August 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen, progress | No Comments »

cleared out the kitchen

wood trim added in kitchen!!

painting the new trim on the kitchen window!

new trim, freshly painted

We hired our favorite carpenter, Lynn, to help us with trim in the kitchen. He’s put in beautiful new trim around the windows and doors, and it makes such a huge difference – I think it’s been the most dramatic step in the progression from construction site to almost-finished-living-space!
Like so many other parts of this project, we’d originally planned to do all our own wood trim, but Lynn is so much better at it than we are, so much faster, and his work is just beautiful!

wood trim added in kitchen!! new wood trim in the kitchen!

judy sands and paints new doors

Judy and Stephanie help painting the new woodwork

The only thing we didn’t end up trimming out is the huge picture window in the kitchen. I always kind of hated that window because it’s a really obviously mismatched 1970′s style picture window stuck on this 19th century-style victorian house, and as if that weren’t silly enough, it’s almost-but-not-quite-centered on the dormer windows above it on the second floor, so it looks incredibly lopsided from the outside. In short, as much as I enjoy the light and view through this window, it is one of the ugliest things going on in this whole mess of a house, which is saying a lot. It’s a perfectly fine style of window for a mid-century bungalow, but it’s just sad on a Victorian farmhouse. So I was not incredibly disappointed when Lynn told us that he didn’t want to put trim on it – the whole business is completely rotten and that we should rip it out and replace it rather than putting trim on. YES YES YES YES YES! i am counting the days until we can haul this thing off to the dump and replace it with something better-suited to our house.

the ugly window

really enjoying the kitchen!

Posted: May 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: fun, kitchen, life | No Comments »

cooking dinner

It feels like such a luxury to finally have a real kitchen, with a sink and oven and everything. I can finally cook! We still have a lot of work to do on the kitchen, but we’re feeling so happy with what we’ve got so far.


family brunch o wonderful vegetables

more about cabinets

Posted: April 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen, woodworking | 1 Comment »

there hasn’t been too much new stuff to post because… we’re STILL working away on the cabinets (here’s the first installment about cabinets). I’m still enjoying it, though it just seems to go on and on and on… Cabinetry demands an insane level of precision, and if anything is off by one thirty-second of an inch, then it’s got to be redone. (that’s 0.03125 inches!) I think Mike is kinda over it, but I’m enjoying the adventure, and I hope Richard is too. Anyway, since we’re spending so much time on this, I thought I’d add more detail about what we’re doing.

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left: cabinet case plans and plywood cut plans for under-sink cabient; right: cabinet face plans for drawers

The cabinet cases are the easiest part. We’re using nice quality birch plywood here, which comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets. We’ve drawn up plans and cut lists so I check the plans and measure out (very carefully) where to make the cuts. Richard got a cool Festool circular saw that runs along a little track, which makes impressively straight, neat, accurate cuts and is very handy and portable. We use about one sheet of plywood per cabinet, depending on dimensions. Richard has built a wonderfully handy “cutting table” just for this purpose; it’s a criss-crossed grid of scrap wood that gets nibbled into by the saw with every cut; it’s big enough to support the 4×8 sheets of plywood but it’s also easily collapsible and can be packed away when we’re done with this project.

cutting table

a grid of scrap wood on top of sawhorses – perfect for cutting up big sheets of plywood. At the far end, our cabinet-making jig is sitting atop the super-flat work surface.

Richard also built a super-flat work surface that we use to do our joinery. The level of precision required for cabinets makes you realize that there is no truly flat surface anywhere in the workshop! The poured concrete floor is wavy, the tables are all slanted, nothing’s truly, entirely flat when you really need it to be perfect! We also made up some right-angle jigs that we use for clamping the cut pieces together at a (hopefully) perfect right angle while we join them. So, once the pieces are neatly cut, we move onto the flat surface and start cutting the biscuit slots with our new biscuit joiner. It’s a nifty little device that cuts little slots into the edges of the plywood, then you use flat little discs of compressed wood fiber to fit the pieces neatly together. It’s a super easy quick joint, though we’ve discovered it’s not the most precise method of joinery, and because it requires wood glue to hold the joint, it’s unfortunately impossible to back up and make adjustments if something doesn’t come out quite perfect. So we only use the biscuit joiner for the rougher work on the cabinet case. We also use pocket screws, in addition to the biscuit joints, which basically act as clamps to hold the joints steady while the glue dries, and just adds additional strength to the joints. For a 31.5″ long joint, we use about four biscuit slots and three pocket screws. This is my only photo (I’ve already posted this one previously, sorry!) showing the assembly of the cabinet cases:

cabinet making

cabinet sides are clamped to a right-angle jig while we glue the biscuit joints and screw in the pocket screws

The most challenging part of the cases is attempting to get everything put together at right angles. It turns out the plywood, while less prone to warping than solid wood (because of the alternating layers of wood with criss-crossed grain direction), still does warp, and that makes it pretty hard to get everything square, when each supposedly flat sheets has its own twisty, warpy, independent will! But we do the best we can.

Once the cabinet case is all done, then comes the face frame. This part requires more precision; for the cabinets with doors it’s got to be quite precise, so that the doors can swing open and shut without jamming or catching; and for the cabinets with drawers it has to be even more exact! We use solid beech wood for the face frames, .75″ thick by 1.5″ wide. Richard found that the 1.5″ stock available at the lumber store was awfully twisted and warpy, so we ended up buying 4″ wide boards (which just happened to be significantly straighter) and slicing every board in half on the band saw, then hand-planing them down to the perfect thickness. I’m learning how to use a plane and I think I’m getting better at it! It’s very easy to make things quite crooked with a hand plane; making them not-crooked is the challenge. We use a coarser plane first, then a finer plane for fine adjustments, a pair of calipers to make sure the thickness is correct (to within a sixteenth of an inch) and a little square to make sure the planed edges are square and flat.

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hand-planing the cabinet face stock

Next step is using the mitre saw to cut these pieces to length. This has been problematic; our miter saw is supposed to be able to cut a perfect right-angle but the results have been unpredictable and we’ve struggled a lot to try and get the saw working with the level of precision we need. This weekend Richard just built another new jig that we hope will let us hand-plane the ends of the wood to achieve a perfectly square end.

Here are all the pieces of a cabinet face, some finished and some un-trimmed.

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cabinet face under construction

Once the pieces are cut to size, we use a pocket-screw jig to pre-drill the screw holes. It’s a special kind of technique that screws the pieces together at an angle, going in from the backside. As long as your pieces are cut quite square, it’s a very easy joint to make. The result is a beautifully perfect joint without any screw heads or holes visible from the exterior!

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pocket screw jig

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angled holes for pocket screws

Here’s a finished cabinet face!

building cabinets

Again, we use pocket screws to attach the finished face frame to the cabinet case. Then comes the drawers and drawer slides! So far, Richard has been working on the drawer construction while we work on the other stuff. He’s been using a pinned rabbet joint with beautiful wooden pegs to construct the drawers. Then the drawer slides – I think this is the most difficult part of all! However crooked or out-of-alignment the cabinet construction is, Richard has to make up the difference by custom-fitting each drawer slide to compensate for the irregularity. We could’ve saved a lot of time by using metal hardware for the drawer slides, but we thought it would be a fun challenge, and a beautiful result, to do this with all wood, no hardware.

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left: screwing the cabinet face onto the case. right: Richard adjusts the fit of a drawer.

building cabinets

all-wood drawer sliders and homemade drawer stop mechanism

It means the sides of the drawers are clean looking, without metal slider tracks down the side, and it also means we maximize the usable drawer space – no storage area is lost to metal runners. It also means the runners have to be totally perfect to ensure the drawers slide smoothly – nothing worse than a drawer that gets stuck half-way open or shut. We apply a special wax on the wooden runners to make them slide nicely, and the finished function is absolutely great, even with a heavy drawer filled with silverware! Once the slides are all set, Richard planes down the drawer faces to fit perfectly. They’re cut slightly oversized to allow us to trim them to compensate for any slight imperfections in the construction of the cabinet face frame. Then, when all the woodworking is finally done, we sand the faces and give them two coats of primer and three coats of green paint, then tidy little wooden knobs. Here’s our finished drawers in use in the kitchen:

beautiful homemade drawers!

beautiful pinned rabbet joints. homemade drawers, hard at work in the kitchen!

The whole project has been kind of huge and exciting – it would have been a lot easier to buy ready-made cabinets, but I think we’ve saved some real money by doing it ourselves, and the result is SO beautiful, I am so totally delighted with the results and overflowing with pride every time I stop to take a good look at our cabinets! I feel like they really look so special and so much nicer than the average, and so perfect for us and our kitchen! So, how much more do we have left to go? We’ve got four cabinets completed and installed in the kitchen, two with doors and two with drawers. We’ve got another cabinet box and face complete on the workbench but lacking the drawers. Once we finish that one, we’ll need to do two more cabinets and that’s it! Then we can start working on the upper shelves, which Richard promises will be much easier! Here’s hoping it’s true! I can’t wait…

kitchen progress

Posted: March 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen, photos, progress, woodworking | No Comments »

here are some newer photos of the kitchen becoming more kitcheny and inhabited.

kitchen progress

feels like things have been moving slowly here, but we have been plugging away on the cabinets, bit by bit. Actually Richard is putting in a lot of hours on the cabinets – he’s building the drawers and we’re supposed to be doing the cabinet cases but we’ve fallen behind a bit. Tomorrow I will hopefully put in some good long hours in the workshop and get caught up!

cabinet on the workbench cabinet plans

working on cabinets

for the first set of drawers, Richard experimented with different construction techniques, each of these drawers is a bit different! We weren’t sure whether it would work to use wooden runners and forego the metal hardware. The benefit of runners is that they make your drawers move smoothly and easily (even if the drawer construction is a bit imprecise or imperfect); the drawbacks are that they’re kind of ugly, they’re kind of expensive and they reduce the size of the drawer. We talked it over and we really just love the simplicity and integrity of all-wood construction, without the ugly modern metal hardware, and since we’ve got Richard’s expert skills and we’re not mass-producing this stuff, we can attempt to make all of our drawers so tidy and perfect that they will slide easily on wooden runners without wheels. You can put a bit of special wax on the wooden runners to help the drawers slide more easily.

two new cabinets!

Judy and Paprika celebrating our new cabinets!

Here’s the first set of drawers, installed next to the beautiful sink cabinet! We did load up those drawers with heavy silverware and dishes and they still slide quite nicely. In this picture we had mis-matching drawer knobs on the drawers; we’ve since changed them all to the smaller size which looks much better! I ought to post a more recent photo here but the kitchen is a total mess at the moment so it’ll have to wait. Now that we’ve got the stove and sink installed and everything, I am so absolutely chuffed that I can finally COOK again, for real! It’s been almost a year since I had my own kitchen to cook in!! So I’ve been baking a bit, and really obsessed with making fruit smoothies every morning (I know that doesn’t sound like cooking, but when you have no countertops to cut on or sink to rinse fruits and clean up, it’s just not that easy to chop up fruits every morning!), and on a total pizza-making kick. We got a bread machine at a yardsale last year and I finally dusted it off and tried it out, it makes up some delicious pizza dough for me to play with. In general I feel like I’m just wildly appreciative of some really basic kitchen pleasures and amenities that one would ordinarily take for granted.

super spicy ginger valentine cookies morning smoothies, part 1

homemade pizza!

hooray for cooking again

exciting kitchen progress

Posted: January 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: excitement, kitchen, progress | 2 Comments »

we made this cabinet!

here’s the finished sink cabinet

now we’ve got the first cabinet box done, we get to really start moving in, and install our beautiful countertop and sink!! Mike unpacked our lovely cherry butcherblock countertop and started giving it a tung-oil treatment that should protect it against water and stains and stuff. Basically just painting on lots of oil and then rubbing it off with a rag a few minutes later and repeat once a day for a few days.

finishing the countertop finishing the countertop

before and after – the tung oil really changes the color.

Then we had to do a bit of work to get the sink ready. Because it was an old salvaged sink (from Pete’s Place in Hollis), we had to use a wire brush to scrub off some rust from the bottom side and then paint over it with some smelly white rust-oleum type stuff.

repainted the rusty underside of the sink

salvaged sink took a bit of repair work before using.

Then dropped the counter into place and trimmed the edges/corners to fit snugly against our not-straight kitchen wall, then cut out the hole to fit the sink in.

cutting the sink hole into the countertop

ready for the sink

cutting the sink hole into the countertop

And then… the sink goes in! hooray!!!

sink is in!!!

this is the old faucet, we have a slightly nicer one that we’re going to replace it with

Now we just need to get the sink hooked up and we’ll have a real kitchen!! We dragged in the fridge too, and Mike sealed and finished the counters. Cooking dinner is SO much easier and funner now, and it’s going to be such a delight when the sink is working too.

big kitchen progress!

whoo! we’re on our way


Posted: January 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen, progress, woodworking | 4 Comments »

We had a tough time deciding what to do for cabinets. Thought about rescuing/restoring the old ones we found in one of the ruined apartments in our ell, but those were in bad shape, and kind of cheap and depressing to begin with. I did a bit of shopping around to mass-market cabinet places, home depot etc, and found absolutely all of the new cabinets to be really ugly and way too expensive. So, because we’re crazy, we decided to BUILD OUR OWN CABINETS instead! As if we didn’t have enough projects to work on.

building kitchen cabinets

starting the kitchen cabinets in my dad’s workshop

My dad is a very handy carpenter and has a nicely fitted-out woodworking shop that is just perfect for such a project. We set to reading all kinds of books and articles about cabinetry. Richard has a very organized collection of woodworking magazines that have advice and project directions and everything, and Mike got us some exhaustively detailed DIY cabinetry books. It was all kind of dizzying and overwhelming to me, but Richard is really in his element here, and he managed to sort out all the options and explain most of it to us. We now know the difference between dadoes and rabbets, pocket screws and biscuit joints, plywood and laminates, shaker style cabinets, colonial, modern, european, etc etc! Richard got to buy some fun new tools for his shop, and jumped right in to experimenting with different materials and joinery. We figured out what seemed like the easiest and most attractive construction, a super-simple shaker style cabinet with pocket screws and biscuit joints.

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Richard and Mike at work on the first cabinet

It took us about a full weekend’s worth of work to get the first one, the under-sink cabinet put together. A lot of setting up workstations and jigs, drawing plans, spatial thinking and painstaking carefulness. I never could attain this degree of carefulness on my own, but that’s where Richard is helpful, he’s absoultely meticulous, as a carpenter should be.

cabinet plans cabinet making

cabinet plans, clamping everything

This project has honestly been one of the funnest parts of the whole house so far, it’s really exciting so far and it’s been so great to spend time in the shop with Richard, learning new stuff and making this amazingly beautiful and tidy thing. Hopefully it will be just as fun to finish the cabinets – we’ve only just begun, lots more work to go!

cabinet building!

mike drills in pocket screws for our first cabinet! This is the under sink cabinet on the workbench in my dad’s woodshop.

kitchen walls

Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: excitement, kitchen, progress | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

We took a big plunge and decided to hire a few contractors to help us get the kitchen up and running. We still want to try and do most everything ourselves, but it felt like a week or two of hired help could help us get a huge kick-start on the kitchen, just to get to the point where we can survive through the winter in here. Consulted our budget (ie. how much money we can borrow from my parents) and decided we could (just barely) afford to hire some help from a carpenter and a plasterer, to get the kitchen walls finished up quickly so we can move on to installing cabinets, counter, sink, all the good stuff! My dad had recently bumped into on old acquaintance named Lynn, a master carpenter who happened to be looking for new projects. And my sister Alicia recommended a plasterer friend, Laura, who had done some good work in their house and could help us whip up some kitchen walls. So we made some phone calls and… VoilĂ ! December began with a house full of skilled tradesmen working away in our house. Lynn and Laura working on the kitchen while Nate and his helper worked away on the bathroom plumbing and basement drainpipes. We can’t afford to have them do a whole lot of work, but they can quickly get a lot of basics finished and get us further along the road! It was weird and fun to spend a few weeks with a crowd of workers in the house, we had to try and stay out of their way so they could work, and I was almost constantly employed in answering zillions of questions about “will you want to put some molding here” or “how do you want this wall to meet the ceiling” or “where should this pipe run” or “can I rip this out” or “should we plaster over this or go around it” etc etc! There were so many questions that we hadn’t thought about – it’s like a full time job just figuring out how to orchestrate and direct the contractors. At night when everybody had gone home, we’d drag two chairs into the empty kitchen and sit by the woodstove eating dinner on our laps, then in the morning we’d have to wake up super early to clear away everything from the kitchen again, drag the chairs and everything out of the worksite and start up the woodstove so it would start to get warm by the time everyone turned up for work. Then once it started snowing we had to clear and sand the driveway every morning so the work vans could get up the driveway. Mike had to stay in the bedroom to work most days, since his workday is filled with conference calls, can’t really do that in the middle of a construction site. The puppy made friends with all of the contractors and clambered all over them while they worked and tried to steal their lunches every day, but had to be locked up in the bedroom with Mike most of the time, or else she certainly would have chopped off the end of her pretty little nosy snout by getting it too close to a sawzall or a drill.

Lynn’s work in the kitchen was mostly getting everything totally finalized and prepared for hanging wallboard – in an old house, no walls are straight, no two wall segments line up quite properly, no doorway is straight, no two pieces of wood are on the same plane. There’s an infinite amount of little discrepancies to be evened out and tidied up. With a plane and impressive speed and skill, Lynn straightened out our doorways, replaced missing studs, missing bits of strapping, made walls level and plane and square, furred-out short bits and sawed off other bits, took out old broken wood and replaced it with new strong wood. We’d done our best to do the pre-wallboard preparation ourselves, but it was remarkable to see how many things we’d missed!

kitchen ceiling

1-inch insulation and strapping on the ceiling, all ready to hang blueboard.

Then Laura and Rick hung blueboard all over. Blueboard is a special wallboard that’s intended for plastering over. Here’s what the kitchen looked like with all the wallboard up – what a dramatic difference!

kitchen with blueboard

all done with insulating, now the blueboard is up, and all is ready to plaster!

Work got slowed down with Christmas and then a big snowstorm. Just before New Years, Laura and Rick started to put up the plaster, and finished up in the first week of the new year. The plaster is kind of a mysterious and magical thing. It starts as soup and ends up as rock-hard walls. They had a bit of a struggle to work on the ceiling and walls above our woodstove, as it’s blazing hot and dry up there, and the plaster needs to complete a chemical hardening process before all the water evaporates out of it. We had to spritz the walls lightly with a spray bottle for an hour or two after they finished, to make sure it didn’t dry out too quickly.

plaster in kitchen!

all done with plaster!

Laura grew up learning plastering from her father and her grandfather, who were plasterers too. She said when she was just little, she would do the bottom of the walls while her father and grandfather worked on the top part. These days plastering is much less common, most people just do wallboard now, but it works really well for an old, crooked house – it fits with the history of the house, and works nicely up against the exposed beams and it helps to fill in some odd gaps and smooth over some of the irregularities.

Back when we were in the destruction and gutting phase, we found this beautiful huge beam when we ripped out the old wall by the chimney. We’d originally imagined having cabinets along this wall, but then it seemed like a shame to cover up this amazing beam, so in the end we took a few days trying to figure out whether it made sense to do some carpentry and plaster magic to keep it exposed, or just cover it over for the sake of getting work done more quickly. In the end we decided to take the time to expose it and we are really happy with how it looks now!!

kitchen beam

before and after.

plaster in kitchen!

Historically speaking, this kind of exposed beams are not at all authentic, it has a fun old-timey look but the original house never would’ve had its beams showing like this. We think it looks cool anyway!

painting the ceiling priming the kitchen walls

priming the kitchen walls

So… early January and we’re ready to paint the walls! This felt like such a huge exciting milestone and we were SO pumped to get started!! but turned into a huge job because the fresh plaster absorbs a TON of paint. It took something like six gallons of primer to cover the whole kitchen. I also had to tape off and mask off ALL of those precious exposed beams, a hellishly tedious process that involved balancing on top of a ladder, sweating in the heat and weirdly contorted to reach the beams overhead, carefully taping along the edges of every beam while wood splinters fall down in my eyes.

painting the kitchen

taping the ceiling for painting is really annoying

color deliberations

color deliberations, part one

We went through some lengthy indecision about colors, we tested EIGHT different color swatches and ended up liking this light-blue color.

painting the kitchen

benjamin moore, yarmouth blue

judy helps with painting

judy helps with painting

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