Walls and ceilings

The following is an excerpt from Sam Clark’s book entitled, Remodeling Your Kitchen. Considering walls and ceilings in your kitchen remodel is an important step in crafting a perfect kitchen. Keep in mind the tools and supplies needed.

“Beyond selecting a color, most people give Harley a moment’s thought to the ceiling and wall treatment and most kitchen projects. But the materials, textures, and colors of these surfaces, sometimes the structure of the ceiling, can go a long way toward establishing a style for your new kitchen, particularly if you want to set it off from the rest of the house. Are they you may end up with the obvious choice, painted drywall or ceiling, it may be worth looking at some Alternatives. Many kitchens are so fully packed with Cabinetry that the walls are barely visible. Will that sometimes it’s necessary, it can make kitchen feel dark and too much like a kitchen display. Don’t neglect the appeal of a bit of a wall to look at the, a place to hang a picture or post a calendar.

Drywall often referred to generically by the brand name sheetrock, consists of gypsum and naturally occurring mineral, faced with paper. Drywall sheets are 4 ft wide and come in like some hv-260 ft. Along edges are tapered which allows the plastering of the joints to be virtually invisible.

Drywall is by far the least expensive wall and ceiling finish. It goes so fast and can be cut and finish with simple, inexpensive tools. It takes paint and wallpaper well, it is easily repairable. The most dramatic day on a building project is the day the drywall goes up. Done by Pros the speed seems miraculous, completely transforming a building in a matter of hours.

If your house is old enough, you may have plaster and lath walls instead of drywall. Plaster used to be applied about 3/8 inch thick over base of wood lath, the spaces between the laths providing purchase for the plaster. If you have this type of wall, there’s a good chance you’ll be using drywall to patch it.

Today, most plaster is applied and thin layers over a special water-resistant 1/2 inch thick drywall known as blue board. There are different systems but typically the joints are tape with the mesh joint tape and the joint coated with a thick drying joint compound such as Dura Bond 90. A scratch or brown coat is applied to the whole wall, then a final coat of finder plaster. Sometimes a process is accomplished with a single coat. A single layer of brown coat can leave a nice textured or rough plaster wall.

A good Blaster can achieve an amazingly smooth finish that is harder and more durable than the usual paper surface of drywall. It has a distinctive effect, reflecting light differently, even under a coat of paint. I was unlikely that you’ll be able to achieve this kind of result if you haven’t worked with pasta before, textured plaster walls are well within the capabilities of most homeowners.

Traditionally, many kitchens had wainscoting, 30 in to 36 inch high wood paneling covering the lower half of a while and trimmed with a chair rail molding. Above that is plastic. The ideas of the paneling could take some refused, and the chair rail protects the wall from being banged up by chairs being leaned against it. Far from these practical benefits, I just love the way wainscoting looks: It’s intimate, homey, and old-fashioned, all the things I’m. And old-fashioned, all the things I’m drawn to.

Well board use for paneling and wainscot can be beaded, they also can be flat, and they’re available in different words and configuration for different looks. Many kinds of paneling can be used on walls, or even on ceilings, including recycled Barn boards, rough shiplap boards, and various molded patterns can. You can choose a painted finish, the wainscot and paneling also can be varnished.”

Once you are ready for your kitchen remodel, be sure to call Al’s New Kitchen Remodel at 734-404-7744. The job will be well worth your while and money. Please give us a call today.