Jeff has three beautiful, framed, french made world maps from when he worked in a map store in DC. (Selling maps to CIA agents). They have been in storage for a long time waiting for a wall to hang on. We now have that wall but what color to paint it? We figured we would try to match one of the colors in the maps so we took one down to the paint store. After laying it out on the counter and comparing paint chips, we picked a sort of deep pumpkin color (from the mountain ranges). But just as the Miller Paint guy was about to start mixing the paint, an artist walked in and said “STOP, you can’t paint the wall that color” She then spent the next half hour explaining why we should choose a complementary color but not one in the map. So we ended up with “Sedge”It’s kind of a Taupe color. I’m not sure the pictures do it justice but it looks great!We also painted the area above the soffit in the kitchen. It is a nice compliment to the “Twinkle Twinkle” cream walls and rusty red metal paint.
I can’t wait to see the maps on the wall.
We also spent time this weekend preparing for a rough in electrical inspection. We will then be able to finish the electrical connections to the guest bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Here I am installing the electrical box and wires for our future range hood.
We had some stunning weather for painting this weekend. First came the primer, then “Twinkle Twinkle”. We are using Miller Paint’s best environmentally friendly 0-VOC paint but it was still nice being able to have all the doors and windows open.I worked on painting the exposed steel arches which was “stinky” enough to warrant wearing a respirator. The transformation continues. But the best news is that since the bedroom is all painted now, we have moved back in. No more cramped trailer.
While we are waiting for the plaster to dry we figured we would do a little electrical work.
Pulling wire for the guest bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area.
Even though we have had to temporarily move back into the trailer…
There is no reason not to enjoy the space in our house. Jeff set up the bar (an old welding cart) and uncovered the couch and comfy chair. We had some really nice weather this last weekend so it was great to hang out in the house. Plus it has helped the plaster to dry faster. We should be ready to prime and paint this coming weekend.
With the plastering done, now we wait for it to dry enough to paint. You can see in the above pictures where the walls have slightly darker areas. Those are still wet.. When everything is consistently light colored it will be ready. We have two dehumidifiers along with fans and heaters running. It may still take another week for it to be ready though.
Progress continues as the plasterers move from East to West.
Third and final day and the guys are finishing up the entrance vault. There is no way that we could have done this ourselves.
Today Cody and his capable crew of three started in on plastering the interior of our house. It’s amazing how quickly they progressed.
Here you can see the base coat being applied over the concrete that we painted with the blue bonding agent.
We decided that since the plaster crew was coming next week to plaster the interior shell, that we might get some walls done too. So we purchased special plaster board and installed it this weekend. It is amazing how different the space looks in the house. We just love the different wall angles and the radiused corner in the kitchen area. Also, how setting back the doorway to the guest bedroom breaks up what would otherwise be a long and tall wall.
Before putting up the plasterboard in the bathroom area, Jeff installed special rock wool sound insulation. We have left the back side (from inside bedroom and bathroom) open so that we have access to run electrical and plumbing lines.