Monday, May 21, 2018

A Little Wall Work Here...A Little Wall Work There (Interior Walls 4)

More wall boards in process...


Progress on the north living room and closet wall...



I swear the wall is straight. It does not have a big curve in it, even if this next photo makes it look like it does.



While various finish coats were drying on boards for the living room wall, I began working on boards for the bathroom. These boards are also tongue and groove, but they are fir instead of pine, and they are smaller in every dimension. Also, I am painting them white--without the faux-beetle-kill-pine treatment. The boards below are in various stages of finishing. The three in the back are more "done" than the front ones.


First three bathroom wall boards installed...


Also see:
Interior Walls 1
Interior Walls 2
Interior Walls 3

Sunday, May 13, 2018

One Wall Done, Another One Started (Interior Walls 3)

I finished this wall up to the intersection with the ceiling. Those last two rows took forever--with all the cut outs for the ceiling joists.


For the next wall, I cut boards that were over 15 feet long. Getting them into the JayBee proved difficult; I ended up bringing them in through an end window. Then, I put the newly-built closet section to use as a paint and finish stand.


First few boards installed.



I'm ending work early today. Just a little nod to Mother's Day. :-)

Also see:
Interior Walls 1
Interior Walls 2
Interior Walls 4

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Interior Walls 2

I made some progress on the kitchen wall.



I am strategizing how I can speed up my process so this doesn't take me forever.

Also see:
Interior Walls 1
Interior Walls 3
Interior Walls 4


In the meantime, I have wiped these various mud splatters off the JayBee's door and entryway for five days in a row.


I knew they were put there by birds who are eager to build their nest. Every time I would see new mud, I would immediately look up and reassure myself that my nest arrestors were in place and blocking birds from building nests on my entryway lights.


What I failed to notice until yesterday was that the mud in the entryway was minimal compared to the amount collecting on one of the south side windowsills.


And on that window...


And on the south wall...


This is what I found when I looked up under the eave! Those clever, nasty birds!


Okay, ruthless action was required. I have removed the nest (thankfully no eggs yet), and now I'm checking the outside of the house every day. There were also two significant mud pats stuck on the back side of the JayBee as well. Why are they so attracted to living here? <sigh>

Other signs of spring, even though one might think it was summer already. Last Wednesday it reached the high 80s.



I thought George was done going on long walks with me. He has been stopping part way down the driveway and waiting for me to return.


With this recent exception!


We've been having very high tides.


One morning this week, there was a perfect reflection of the far shore on the still surface of the river.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Interior Walls 1

Here are my first wall boards. Took me many sample attempts before I came up with this combination. I should back up and explain...


Remember how I had stained a bunch of boards to install on the ceiling? My plan had been to work from the ceiling down. Those boards are still sitting up in the storage loft.


I decided I was too intimidated by all the gable angles--and it had me too paralyzed to get started. So, I decided to switch gears and start installing wall boards. This wall is a good place to start--since no one will ever see it. The pantry cabinet, refrigerator, washer, and dryer will all sit in front of it.


Before I purchased the tongue and groove boards for the JayBee's walls, I looked into buying beetle kill pine. My lumber guy did not even know what it was until he researched it for me. Turns out it is only available in Wyoming and Colorado, which would make it hugely expensive for me to have some shipped here. (I guess we're very lucky we don't have beetles killing our pine trees here in Maine.) After much experimenting, I decided to make my own faux beetle kill pine. I then apply a white milk paint wash over it, and protect it all with three coats of matte finish poly.


Installing the boards goes fairly quickly. Since I'm finishing the boards before installing them, though, working my way through all the coats and drying spells takes time.




I'm pleased with the results so far.

Also see:
Interior Walls 2
Interior Walls 3
Interior Walls 4

While waiting for finish coats to dry on the wall boards, I painted a bunch of framing that is going to be visible inside closets eventually. I also installed the casters on the bottom of the east closet section.