Thursday, June 25, 2009

Don't Go Looking for Trouble

I have been working on my kitchen. Having fixed the stove vent hole, I needed to work on stripping the wood baseboard trim. The new cabinet will be installed in this corner.

Before I started working on the trim, I told myself that in no uncertain terms I was not to go looking for trouble. I was to strip the wood & call it a day.

Yea, well.

I was stripping the wood trim & got to thinking that it may be easier to install the new cabinet - not to mention get the old finish off - if the trim was removed from the wall. It took me the better part of an afternoon to slowly pry that never-before-removed baseboard away from the wall.

The trim was off & I stripped off the shellac using dentatured alcohol.

While I was working on the trim....I got to thinking. The lower part of the plaster wall was originally scored to make it look like tile. Some of the crispness of the scoring was lost over the years under layers of paint.
Wouldn't it really be the time to take off those layers of paint?

You see where this is going....

10 comments:

Nathan said...

"you see where this is going" HA HA HA!!! I think we've all been there. That was my dining room ceiling. A little touch-up of discolored paint lead to scraping and skim coating and texturing the whole ceiling. Usually there's a point half-way through when you think "dang, why didn't I just leave well enough alone?!?" But it always turns out for the best ;)

Mr. Biddle said...

Did the layers come off easily? Our bathrooms' plaster was also scored to look like subway tile. Originally it had gloss paint to complete the tile look. I've debated stripping the paint but haven't been brave enough to try.

Garden Monkey said...

This will look fantastic then it's all over. I wish that I still had the scored plaster. Our PO redid the kitchen in the 1940's, leaving us with a fun post-war metal kitchen, which is fun too, just hard to work on. Your photos are fantastic. I like the way each one shows another layer of complexity... I don't think any home project is complete without a photo of a heat gun!

Keep it up, I can't wait to see the finished project!

Bonnie said...

Oh My Gosh!!!
Now I may have to do the same. Previously I thought "no one would be such a purist as to strip paint from that stamped plaster." But there you go...
I have the same in my kitchen, covered by layers and layers of paint.

StuccoHouse said...

Nathan - Lol...I'm not sure why each & every project I think it's going to be different :-)

Mr. Biddle - It is coming off pretty easily. I was a little fearful that the heat would damage the plaster, but has not been the case at all. I'm going to clean up the residue with ZipStrip when I have most of it off.

Garden Monkey - From your lips to God's ears :-)I really do like the scored plaster...it's just one of those little things that are cool about old houses. Oooh, those vintage metal cabinets are also very cool! There are plenty more "complexity" photos where those came from....

StuccoHouse said...

Bonnie - I had to laugh at your purist comment :-) As I've been restoring my house I've been trying to do everything up front...on the theory that I never, ever want to do some of these tasks again. That and the fact that my mind starts wondering when I'm doing one job and I think of 10 other thingn to do.

Kate H. said...

Ohhhhh, yeah, been there, doing that. Ain't prospecting fun?

I have the scored plaster in my bathroom, but with the 4x4 ceramic glued on over it, I doubt it will be salvageable.

What's with the hole in the plaster? I'm a connoisseur of holes in plaster these days, having produced a very large one in a sloping ceiling I was trying to repair.

Di said...

Welcome to the "Can't Leave Well Enough Alone" Club!

StuccoHouse said...

Kate - The lower hole you see in the plaster was just a bad section I removed & repaired. It was crumbly area probably 1' x 1'. Not sure, why as the plaster everywhere else has held up fine...maybe moisture or heat(?) If you scroll down to the previous post you can see where I patched the stove vent hole...and the one below it.

Di - We should get membership cards :-)

Kate H. said...

Oh, yes, I'm going to have to deal with that. Not the part that came loose and fell down from the sloping ceiling-- all that plaster was solid, if broken. No, a goodish-sized section contiguous to it, on the flat part. It crumbled as I tightened in the washers and now that I've peeled back some of the old paint, I can see it's a degenerated mess. Some PO tried to repair it with tape and spackle, but it's going to need cleared out and replaced.

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