Spackling During a Heatwave

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After finishing the first coat of “mud” in the kitchen, John started in the dining area.

We’ve had an ongoing oppressive heat wave which will continue through the weekend.

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After finishing the dining area, it was time to climb the ladder in the living room.

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John’s a perfectionist; it almost looks like a wallpaper pattern 🙂

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Kiwi, our pug, watches the daily progress from his chair on the left.

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When people walk in the front door, they look up and stop in their tracks. They’re not expecting to see such a high ceiling.

I plan on doing something a little bit non-traditional with paint colors/pattern for these walls.

 

The Kitchen’s First Coat

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John decided to spackle the kitchen first. We want the kitchen to be the first completely finished room in the house.

He did a great job with taping and applying the first coat of spackle.

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Now it’s time to choose kitchen cabinets. I have an eye on white shaker-style cabinets. And a company contacted me earlier in the summer about DIY soapstone counters which I’ll tell you about soon. John would actually cut the soapstone himself with a diamond blade. The soapstone comes from a quarry in Virginia. Generally, soapstone that is mostly gray is the hardest stone.

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John nailed metal corner bead around the box bay window and spackled over it for a nice crisp edge.

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I cant wait for the day when I unpack our cuckoo clock that we bought in Germany and hang it on the kitchen wall.

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In this photo. John nailed the corner bead around the opening to the dining/living room area. Some people use paper-faced corner bead which is easier to install.

Once we find someone to do the finish coat, John will paint the kitchen. I’m still deciding on what color the walls will be.

 

 

Kitchen: Taping

Now that all the drywall is installed, John started taping the kitchen last week. He already had FibaTape self-adhesive fiberglass mesh tape which he has used in the past. And on another run to the store, he bought more.

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This tape is easy to apply and increases joint strength. (I like the color too, not that it matters.)

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The tape looks pretty on all the ceiling joints. It’s nice to see a temporary pop of color. It sort of screams “You’re getting one step closer to having a finished kitchen.”

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It’s really going to be amazing when all the high hats light up the kitchen with a flick of a switch (on a dimmer). One day, the work lamp on the right, which appears in so many photos, will retire.

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Next year, I plan to have a kitchen garden steps from the French doors. To the left, we’ll have a great view of the patio (and my present garden) while sitting in the box bay window.

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John purchased PLUS 3 joint compound and got his spackle knives (tape knives) ready in various sizes.

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Down the road, French doors will be installed at the opening leading to the dining/living room area.

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This is the east wall where the Maytag appliances will be installed. The refrigerator is on the far right covered in a tarp. And there’s that lamp again!

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Standing in the dining room looking at the kitchen. I’m looking forward to the day when a kitchen sink and cabinets are installed underneath the window.