Travis finished the Beams!!!!!!!!!!!
Capital B is right!!
|Click to make bigger-you won't be sorry!|
We stopped counting weeks ago at 120 hours on the ladder.
It only took a year longer than the 2 months planned.
And he won the bet. He finished the beams before I finished the kitchen cupboards.
Though I didn't start til November it had become a competition.
(Secretly I let him win)
Never fear--the kitchen is just a few days from done !!
Here are some lovely pictures of the work
We didn't need to stain after all. The Benite (wood conditioner) worked wonders! From Daly's in Bellevue.
This process caused Travis to YELL for me downstairs.
I thought he spilled the conditioner($50/gal) or fell from the ladder he yelled so loud and urgent.
Turns out he just wanted to me to see the miraculous change in color. It really was important!!
After all the sanding, the wood had really lightened up to a kinda blah, so this color is nice and refreshing.
The stain color we had picked was 2x cherry (meaning 2 coats) and here you can see the test board next to the beam. No need! Suddenly they were Done!
We will never be as intimate as Travis with these beams in the 14 months he romanced them, as he has touched every square inch many times. Every nook, cranie and splinter!
Painting on stripper...
|He was not pleased with my request for an action shot here.|
|June 20, 2010|
picking paint out of knots...
|cleaning up all the dust and sand |
And then the fun part:
painting on conditioner
2nd coat of conditioner.
I'm sure I am missing a step somewhere... but he hasn't chimed in with his first hand experience for me to post..
Anyway--maybe these pictures can help us get to know the beams better...
And this is where we started April 2010
This man never stops--he is 1 day post beam and he is already suited up again...
This time to remove the asbestos laden popcorn ceiling downstairs!
This hallway was the only spot with it down here (yes, I am still writing from the basement)
Upstairs we will tackle one room at a time in the coming year(s)
Only took 2 hours from prep to clean up and now we get to paint!
Meanwhile the carpets are being cleaned upstairs at this very moment
so we will be moving things in the next week!