Monday, 12 February 2018

Front Room Painting & Stairs Work

First off i'm disgusted with myself, I lost over 70 high quality images just before I went to update the blog, so all I have left are some phone shots, so apologies for the poor quality snaps below. Further apologies for the lack of updates, January was a slow month as I was away on business, plus getting trades back in after the Christmas break was slow going. So I continued with some more painting in the mean time.

Lastly, follow me on Instagram! I should have started this page years ago, I plan to update it much more frequently than the blog, at least twice a week:

I started painting the ground floor front room. I started with a 50:50 mix of white emulsion and water to clean up the walls. After a light sand, I began with the colour:

Covering up the kitchen:

I went with a colour match of Farrow & Ball's Mouses Breath for the walls and Pointing for the joinery, using a high quality Irish paint, Colourtrend:

As mentioned above, i've lost bucketloads of images of the finishing up of finer details like the moldings on the windows, the skirting etc, but here are a few of the arch plinths where they join the skirting:

Pointing emulsion on the ceiling and cornice:

Starting the walls:

In daylight:

This is a Victorian dining table I picked up, along with a set of six Georgian chairs. Still not sure about the table size yet, the chairs will also be recovered:

Moving on to the stairs, after the ceiling on the underside was removed in certain sections so structural repairs could be made, new laths needed to be nailed in place so that a new section of plaster could be affixed. These are likely chestnut laths, separated by hand:

The underside of the stairs where the new ceiling is required:

Haigney restoration supplied and fitted the laths, this is the work after one day:

Unfortunately they got the section below wrong. The curved stringer on the right of the photo represents where the ceiling should meet the edge of the stairs, the laths are positioned a good four inches short of the edge of the stringer so this section will have to be redone:

The fiasco with McLyn Joinery continues, they started work on the stairs at the end of September 2017, have been onsite for a total of 9 days and have not been back since. Very poor scheduling and timekeeping from them, remains to be seen if they'll be back.

A few more snaps of the front room:

My new utility room is set to be installed within the next 10 days, along with new smart heating controls from EvoHome. The stairs ceiling should be complete in the next fortnight and i'm hoping to get started with the new shutterboxes around the kitchen window, stairs window and full refurbishment of the front foor, new fanlight and door case, still lots to come!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Some Finer Plaster Repair

Just a short post on some plaster repair I completed the other night.

I'm not sure of the correct term to describe this piece of timber I worked on, but it's basically a molded plinth that sits atop of a reeded timber upright which lines the opening of the archway leading into the kitchen from the dining room, just below the upper section of the arched molding that traverses the same arch, made from plaster.

The front section of this rounded detail was lost, essentially cut or knocked cleanly away, indicating that this front piece was likely made up of two sections.

I added two screws to provide structural integrity to the piece I was about to fashion:

This is the original on the opposite side, still intact:

I began with a pure lime and water mix:

Whilst it dried nice and hard it didn't bond to the timber very well at all, so ultimately it was a failure:

Through the process of experimentation, I settled upon regular gypum powder filler, mixed with water; essentially a form of Plaster Of Paris:

It stuck incredibly well to the timber and screws, rock solid in fact:

I began shaping with sanding blocks after 24 hours:

I then began chiseling, more like scraping away the lower section to form the two tiered shape:

In the end there was about 90 minutes work in it, but a very satisfying result for a first attempt:

As mentioned, the upper section of the arch was formed with plaster too and needed several repairs after stripping paint from the surface:

All these sections have since been sanded down: