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Kitchen Work VII

October 5, 2009

After the brick walls were finished it was time to move on to the plaster walls.  We decided to cover them with paneling.  Its ugly, and we’re not that fond of it, but it really does cover the walls nicely with relative ease and I think it’ll look pretty good once its painted.  Once all the ceilings were removed, the walls are just a couple of inches short of being 10 feet tall.  This meant that one sheet of paneling wouldn’t reach the ceiling, so we are going to put in a chair rail at 30 inches, to cover the seam between upper and lower panels.  Mom and Dad got to help out with that bottom part of it when they were visiting.

The status of the walls after Mom and Dad's help.

The status of the walls after Mom and Dad's help.

Putting the upper pieces of paneling on the walls was a bit more involved.  I had to remove any obstructions to the panels that would have been above the original walls,

Sawing and chiseling the ragged stump of a beam that stuck into the kitchen.

Sawing and chiseling off the ragged stump of a beam that stuck into the kitchen.

and make a framework of braces to nail the tops of the panels to.

Bracing installed to nail the top of the panels to

Bracing installed to nail the top of the panels to.

Then I had to make a template of the beams,

Cardboard and red duct tape template for cutting an upper panel.

Cardboard and red duct tape template for cutting an upper panel.

and cut notches, door and window holes out of each sheet.

An upper panel, cut to size.

An upper panel, cut to size.

Only then could I put liquid nails on the backs, man-handle the panels into place and nail them down.

Bottom and top wall panels installed.

Bottom and top wall panels installed.

So, that is where I’m at now.  I’ve installed about half of the upper panels (I’m waiting on the rest for painting before I put them behind the radiator, or fishing electrical wire and installing new outlets and switches).

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  1. Katie permalink
    October 5, 2009 8:38 pm

    Wow!!! I’m SO impressed! Both with the results and with the casual use of “liquid nails”, which is something I see a lot of in the checkout line at Home Depot and have never personally used. Having seen the end of the wire-brushing/sanding and the brick-wall-sealing I’m really excited to have a peek at the work that led up to it and eagerly anticipating the end result. Awesome job!

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