It seems I get diverted and neglect updating the shenanigans going on at this Old House – not that This Old House – mine’s much more modest, not scripted and not near as interesting. Here’s were we left off.
I’ll start by backing up and talking about finishing the cabinets. I’ve used the same technique for years and it seems to work fine. I use a brush and flat latex paint and give them a good coat. I then come back and hand sand with successive grits to 400.
I choose to hand sand because of this. As you sand the latex, you’ll get a variety of little crumbs and ribbons of paint. If you use an electric sander you’ll create too much heat and these little guys will melt into the finish. And from painful experience, the only way to effectively get rid of them is to sand back down to the bare wood and start over.
Once we have the boxes painted and sanded, and installed permanently, we can start to figure out the crown molding and trim details. First a bridge panel is cut to fit over the recessed cabinet box.
Then a front facing panel is painted and then attached to the top face frames and blocking.
We add a piece of crown molding and another small rectangular piece to add some detail. While we’re up there, we’ll start to do a little plaster repair and finish out the original plaster ceiling.
Being the original 1920 plaster and lath ceiling, it had several cracks and dips and a few losses. A first coat of chemical set drywall compound makes a good bond. The final finish coats are made with standard premixed drywall compound. This gives a smooth durable repair.
We also paint on the upper doors as well. All are finished with two coats of waterbase clear satin Varathane finish.
A makeshift rigged up southern Indiana contraption to speed up the air dry drywall compound.
And finally we have some new upper cabinets, a working range hood, and much more to do.
I’ll try and be a little more frequent poster in the coming months. We’ll start on the sink wall next. My plan is to have this house ready in just a few months.
Stay safe and happy renovating.