You will be happy to know that I finished the final plaster skim coat:
And painted it out to match the exsisting wall colors:
Looks pretty damn good if I do say so myself!
Moving on to the next section of cabinetry. In case you can't remember, the former floor plan looked like this:
Now it looks like this:
The first thing I did was attempt to take down the old vent hood. And although I did discover yet another type of wallpaper:
This proceeds the other paper, since it is laying over the top of it in some areas.. It probably dates back to the 1960sAs I have said before: I DO NOT DO ELECTRICAL, so I had to just let the stupid thing hang until I had time to call my electrician. I then got to work removing the cabinets and paneling.
..Once again it wasn't super smooth sailing. The hood had been direct wired into the wall through a giant hole above the upper right cabinet.The wire ran down behind the over-stove cabinet and into the hood. I needed an outlet put in above the stove for the new microwave/hood combo I am putting in, so this whole mess needs to be rewired.
Yes, that is the old cutout where a wood/coal burning stove used to be hooked up to the chimney, plus you can see the kick-ass job some electrician did of ripping up the lathe to put that outlet in, and of course, the lovely brown paper of doom.
I knew I could patch the upper round hole with one of the drywall repair patches I had been using on the previous wall, but I knew it wouldn't work with the hole around the outlet since I couldn't cut a hole in the aluminum base. It was time to bring out the big guns: drywall patches.
The first step was knocking away more plaster until I came to some lathe that would be strong enough to tolerate drywall screws:
Fit the patch into the hole and screwed it down. I then taped the joints and it was ready for plaster:
The whole process was a dirty endeavor.
About 15 coats of plaster later I ended up with:
Cost for this section of the renovation:
Joint Compound: $5
Patching Plaster: $6
Drywall repair patches: $5
Quote for plaster repair: $400/half wall
Money Saved by DIY: $378
Next up. Taking out the stove and remaining cabinetry on this wall. Jeesh, we aren't even half done with demo yet.