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We didn’t get much accomplished on the house this weekend, but what we DID do made a large impact.

After narrowly escaping house work on Saturday, Jean and I made our way out to the Kennedy School in NE Portland to celebrate a friend's birthday. Her husband had rented a room in the school (now a McMenamin's of course) and set it up with a buffet as well as Mahjong and poker tables afterward... sadly, we were both beat and had to call it a night around 9pm. We did have a great time, however, and look forward to seeing both Doug and Sunny at a Bite of Oregon in a few week's time...

Sunday I finished installing the filler panels and cornices for the tin ceiling, so all the tin is finally up. I also stained some molding to finish off the beams where they meet the wall, but realized too late that I screwed up my angled cuts and will need to buy more molding to redo them all. Sigh, I even second checked it all before cutting everything. I must have been tired when I was working on that part...

Jean then took over and started painting the previously stark-white beams. Two coats down this weekend and she'll pick up next weekend with the faux finishing part to add a wood grain texture and glaze to add some much needed depth and complete the look. Even only partly done, though, the beams are really starting to tie in the room. I hadn't realized HOW much the white beams made the room look unfinished. The two coats of brown are already a HUGE improvement. I can't wait to see how the faux finishing works :)

The link below will take you to the Renovations album on my Picasa page:

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So, after much hemming and hawing, I decided that a nailgun was in order (even before [livejournal.com profile] elmunadi suggested it). My thumb has thanked me repeatedly since. I had initially wanted to do the ceiling the 'right way' but the frustration and fatigue, not to mention flat thumb, seemed to want to hold me back. So, Jean and I went to Lowes around noon to pickup more paint (this time for the foyer and kitchen) along with a miter box and a cordless nailer.

Seriously, this is the BEST power tool I have ever bought. Yes, it was $359. Yes, it was worth every penny. In the time it took me to install half the field in one section with a hammer and nail, I had installed the field tiles in the remaining 3 sections of the ceiling. All that's left now Is the filler and cornices, which I should be able to get done after work over the next week.

Here are some more in progress pictures:







For those playing along at home, I picked up the Paslode 16ga. Angle Finish Nailer from Lowe's:

Yes, I probably could have gotten it cheaper online, but really, I needed and wanted it -NOW- so I could feel at least a little productive before the long weekend was over.

This is a seriously awesome tool. I first saw it in use on a DIY show a few months back, and have since seen it on numerous other HGTV and DIY Network shows. I figure if they use it, it can't be all bad... and so far it hasn't let me down. It has already paid for itself in the lack of frustration and fatigue.... and no thumbs were harmed in the installation of the rest of the fields! What more do you need?
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We worked on the tin ceiling more today. Got the main field up in one section:


Then decided to add the filler and cornices in the same section before we move on to the rest:






Next up is to complete the first section and tighten up all the seems, then move on to do the same thing for the other 3 sections.

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure my thumb will survive this ceiling installation. I have hit it no less than 150 times just installing what you see in the pictures.

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