Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Skim This, Yo!

Happy New Year!
Hope you all had a relaxing holiday. Chris and I sure did. We were productive too. The plasterers finally finished so Chris and I took the week off between Christmas and New Years Day to work on the hallway.

Let me catch you up to speed and show you what the plasterers did. (Apologies in advance for the quality of these photos. Most were taken at night).

The first thing they did was make a mess. Down came the old cracked ceiling in our foyer.
 Off came the plaster going up the stairs. The plaster "keys" between the lath had broken and the plaster was starting to pull away from the wall. It was causing the wall to bulge. If you pressed against it, it moved. Not cool.
This exposed area was eventually replaced by sheetrock.
 A day later, the new ceiling was installed and the first coat of joint compound went up.
Between you and me, I thought the walls were looking pretty good at this point. I would have stopped here if I had done it myself, but they went on to apply two more coats. Two more coats!
Upstairs you can see where they left off for the day. 

Here's Chris admiring their work.
He's also saying "Carrie, I'm SO glad I didn't have to do this myself. Thank you so much for realizing that we needed the help of professionals for this job. You are so smart and the best wife ever."
 Here's how the plasterers were able to reach the tall wall next to the stairs. One end rests on a step, and the other end is placed on a rung of a ladder at the bottom of the stairs. Looks sturdy enough, but I'm glad it was them and not me who had to stand on it.
 We were adamant that the original ceiling medallions be kept intact.
And they were. They actually left it up when they took down the ceiling, and installed the new sheetrock ceiling above it.
Here are our hallways all skimmed, sanded, and looking fabulous. 


With the exception of this project cutting so close to Christmas, it was quick and painless.
Well, there was also the dust factor. Even though every adjacent door was closed or sealed off with plastic, a fine powder of skimcoat dust still coated everything in our house.
Guess what Chris got as a Christmas gift from Santa this year?
A dust abatement system for his shop. We joked that we should have thought to set up upstairs...

There's more fun on the way. Who wants to refinish some stairs?




26 comments:

Chris @ Berry Freckles said...

That looks so fantastic Carrie! That hallway has so much potential and it must be awesome to have a fresh start and blank slate. Can't wait to see what you guys do with the space!

Cathy Wall said...

I'm sure it feels fabulous to have this one off the list as well as to have been the wife who said "let's hire this one out." Now for the fun stuff... Happy New Year to you both!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looking so good. Seeing your stairs and the hallway brings back memories of my grandparents' home. Your stairs look good already to me, but sure they will look fantastic when you get through with them.

Happy New Year!

Ashley said...

Wow! Glad to hear you and Chris got an opportunity to just observe and relax. Can't wait to see what you cook up for the hallways!

Holly said...

Smart smart smart - that is money well spent not having to do all of that and it looks awesome! Happy 2013 Carrie!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

How exciting! It's like a brand new house - so smooth and fresh and new!!! And you are definitely the smartest and best wife ever for talking Chris into using professionals, I totally agree!

Giulia said...

wow! Great work they did. I find it amazing how fast they get things done when they can spend a whole day on work and we get to spend a couple of hours each time.

Ashley said...

Looks great!!

Plaster demo is honestly the worst. Ours is in similar shape all over the house. I'm pretty sure the 7 layers of wallpaper is all that's holding it up.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

What a difference when it is all cleaned up - like night and day! The work looks great. Happy new year, Carrie!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

It makes such a huge difference! I bet you are so excited to have that project done!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW!!!! awesome!!!!! what a difference!
and i really wish your title was "skim this, yo!" i just really want the yo in there, ok?

Kelly said...

Yay! What a difference something like boring ol' sheetrock can make!

DecorandtheDog said...

It's looking might pretty!!

I'm with Cassie....yo. ;)

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

It looks fantastic....its cute how your husband thanked you for hiring someone to do this....Now he will have the energy to paint it! I would love to buy a home and renovate...your living one of my items on my bucket lists....love it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

YES!!! imagine i am doing a fist pump as i say that with an emphasis on the "ssss" sound. :)

emily said...

It's looking amazing! What a mess to get to where it is now though! Did you decide on the sconces yet?

Happy New Year!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

I love it! It must have been so nice to sit this one out and give yourselves a well deserved break. Can't wait to see the finished product, but I'm sure you're saying the same thing! :) Great job following Cassie's advice. There should always be a 'yo' in there, somewhere! :)

A Engineer in the Kitchen said...

Looks good! I can't wait until they get our walls and ceiling done, I am so tired of looking at unfinished drywall/insulation. Can't wait to see the end product. Happy New Year!

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looking great!

Linda Pakravan said...

looks great! can't wait for the next installment.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see what's next! :)

iris said...

It's funny how your "taking the week off" isn't really taking off, is it? It's more like...taking the week on, I guess, haha. The place is looking great!!

Jamie said...

You were a VERY busy person on your time off - looks amazing.

Sarah said...

Oh, wow, Carrie! What a huge difference, it looks amazing!! Soooo glad you hired this out!! Must be so nice to have it all done and ready to start fresh:) Happy New Year!!

Jessica said...

It looks great! It's so nice to hire a big project out to someone who can get it done fast and with not very much stress for you. I can't wait to see it done, and I'm sure you can't either!

pam {simple details} said...

Yay! It looks awesome, I bet you didn't even mind cleaning up the mess they made!

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