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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask Part 21!

 Okay, dated rough-hewn cedar woodwork...'s time for a facelift.
 And not the kind Debbie Boone is hawking.
 This needs a good lighten and brighten, and to that end, what we're going to do on
 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask!
is what we do best:
hide the crap and pretend it never happened.
Say hello to my little friend.
This is an orbital sander, and they mean business.
These are designed for heavy duty surface smoothing.
 The sanding pads attach with velcro- how cool is that?

Simply line up the holes on the tool's pad and the sander sheets...

and press into place.
Our trim is a stain-grade lumber.

We're going to give it three to four coats of a semi-gloss white with primer built in.
This will be scrubbable and will bounce light, helping to expand and brighten
the rooms in a condo with little natural light.
Mark used joint compound on the lumber after Samwow applied the first two coats.
This was done to smooth any knots that were still visible or uneven,
which becomes apparent after a little paint.
Sanding will also rough up the surface, making the final coat(s)
adhere better.

And we do want this perfect.
Why, you ask?
What? You don't have a mother?

After sanding, wipe all surfaces with a soft dry cloth to remove the dust.
Grab your gear, a good quality brush and a thick nap roller.
Line several boards up on a sawhorse and roll the pain over all of them
at once, as if it was one large surface.
This saves a ton of time.
Turn the boards up to get the edges.
The ends are not a huge concern as we'll be cutting them
as we wrap the ugly cedar in crisp white trim.

Flip them over and keep going.
Use the brush for detail work and touch ups.
This actually goes pretty fast, and that's a good thing...

...because there's a whole lotta cedar around here.
And I don't wanna see it ever again.

1 comment:

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Home from Italy and catching up :) I love that Tshirt. . . I think I need to get one for myself. Glad to see you're still going strong with the remodel!