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Kitchen Work IV

October 3, 2009

~January 26, 2009~

After the drop ceiling, cabinets and paneling were removed we had some big decisions to make.

The lathe and plaster ceiling was in a shambles, and would only get in the way of whatever ended up replacing it, so it had to go, but what would replace it?  We checked prices on drop ceiling (which we don’t like anyway) and even the cheapest, ugliest drop ceilings were more than we wanted to spend on it.  Drywall was a much cheaper option, but from what we understand is really difficult to install on a ceiling, and even harder to get looking good there.  When we actually started removing the lathe and plaster we discovered that above it are huge wooden beams supporting the wood floor of the second story, so our current (half-implemented) plan is to sand them down a bit to knock off the dust and loose splinters then put a finish on them that will seal them real well.

I swear I helped Dave out in the kitchen, just I'm the only one that took pictures.  Really.

I swear I helped Dave out in the kitchen, just I'm the only one that took pictures. Really.

The second decision was how to handle the walls.  Their lathe and plaster was in better condition (not patchable, but could serve as a base for whatever would cover them without being completely removed).  We decided to take a bit of a plunge and remove the plaster to expose the brick on as many walls as we could.

One section of brick wall exposed.

One section of brick wall exposed.

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