Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Enough about my beam already I promise

Its done, finished, finito , it adds much more than I had thought , the ceiling had been this very vast bland space , the larges thing in the room, half smooth half crumbly, hate those textured ceilings. My husband so loves what it does to the room,I just love adding details and personality to a home , they really come bare bones for the lat 50 or so years.

I will still add bead board to the ceiling and paint it glossy white.
I know many of you have the cottage cheese ceilings, first of all if you are building a house , opt for the smooth the cost is not all that much and it is money well spent. In my 5 year old home it comes off very easily , in fact I have scraped some of it off already but it is an awful mess the stuff gets in your eyes , lots of vacuuming is needed, it awful stuff, but I will get it all off a little at a time.
These are a few of my favorite things, my newest nail gun , great for trim projects, its cordless and that makes it great , its heavy which usually isn't a problem,it is inexpensive, but the depth gauge isn't all its cracked up to be, however compared to the old hammer and nails, try holding a big piece of trim and a nail and hammer and get it all just right , challenging to say the least , so in my books I love this , I wanted to do without a compressor. Canadian Tire.
This brand filler is superb, its easy to use , fills big or small holes, it dries quickly , I love it , use it on trim or walls.
This super cheap caulking is best , easy to use cheap and my friend, I should buy it by the case. The beam used one hole tube to close the variations in the ceiling and beam as well as around the brackets and trim and all the seams, you need need need to use this stuff to make it all look great.


Heidi said...

Oh it looks fantastic!!! You are a master!

I'm getting the itch to get this place on it's path to becoming the gem it could be. Now if only I had the time!!!! (oh and the money)

Mrs. Limestone said...

It really add so much to the whole look. Great job.

Do you use that nail gun with staples to do your upholstery or do you use something else?

chriskauf said...

Thank you both.
I won't be leaving this house any time soon.
I only use the nail gun for finish nails, it doesn't take staples, I did have a Arrow staple gun electric, but it died and instead I would rent a real staple gun from Home Depot for any new upholstery jobs, I can't justify the cost of a professional tool purchase but can absorb rental costs, as well I find hand power tools for the homeowner are not very well made meaning they aren't made for many projects before breaking and have pittiful warranties , and are not worth having repaired. I usually buy mid range priced items
Long answer huh!

Anonymous said...

I love the beam!! Looks awesome and your blog------well, I LOVE it.. your style, colors it all is so beautiful!! Been checking it out for the last few months and you have inspired me to do some projects around the house--what a blast!! Thank you!


Blueberry said...

The beam looks wonderful. I agree that it adds a nice amount of detail to the ceiling.

I want to make beams with beadboard on my ceiling in the kitchen and family room as well - I love the look.

I was wondering if you use both nails and glue to hold up crown moulding or just one or the other. We are wanting to put some up in our living room but I wasn't sure how much fastening it will need.


chriskauf said...

I have never added crown before , but I would nail it , by marking the location of the studs before installing with a stud finder as to know where to nail, but they do make a polyurethane moulding that you could use adhesive for , but i would still use some nails to hold until the glue dries.

Danielle said...

The beam looks fantastic...great job.

beth said...

Hi Christie,
Thanks for your comments on my blog. Your house looks great. I can't believe you do so much yourselves:)

Mrs. Limestone said...

Thanks for the info. Im not sure about staplers but I know the rental charges for a weekend at my local Home Depot are about 60% the cost of the tool itself...so it kills me to rent things.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - if and when we ever get the crown moulding going we will definitely nail and glue it. Funny, I just assumed you had done crown moulding with all the work you have done around your house.


Anonymous said...

It looks Marvelous! I love what you have done with your home.

~Rhonda from Minnesota