Kitchen Walls – Continued….

It’s Saturday night do you know where your 5&1 is at?

It’s late, I know, I should be in bed.

The husband and I continued to work on the kitchen this evening after taking the dogs on a 4 mile hike.

Very interesting finds tonight. Remember the beige paint? Here is what is interesting and yet very concerning. We were able to get a 5&1 on top of the beige paint, under all the other layers and pull it from the wall. For the most part this stuff started to come off in sheets. There are areas that are still adhered to the wall that we scraped down to the white primer from long ago. We have a feeling that by morning we will be able use the same technique. The beige is the very first color that was ever painted on the walls. I recall when I was stripping the old cabinet that paint stripper wouldn’t touch this stuff. So what the hell is it? What is it made of? It is a paint product from 1943-1947. Nothing adheres to this stuff. How do you seal it?

Before:

After:

The bottom of the north wall is hit. It is actually pushed out and shattered. We will have “B” come over on Monday and assess the actual damage and make a decision how far up to tear out if not the whole north wall. The material the wall is made out of has this board like stuff behind the grainy/concert with a skim coat of plaster over it. It is the board like material that is worrisome.

All in all we had gotten a lot done tonight. I am tired and I need to be up early in the morning to get a jump on this so we can prime out the walls on Tuesday. The north wall will have to be fixed right after Thanksgiving. Time is running out and we still have the damn floor to deal with prior to the install of the new kitchen cabinets.

On a happy note the pulls and latches came this week. Woooo Hoooo!

There are more photos here.

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4 Responses to “Kitchen Walls – Continued….”


  1. 1 Karen Anne November 22, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    I’m a bit confused by what you mean by the 5×1, are you using it as a kind of scraping tool?

    What did you do with the beige stuff on the old cabinet?

    Give up and sand the beige stuff off instead of strip? Or is the underneath part too fragile?

  2. 2 Michele November 22, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Karen Anne- sorry to be confusing it was late and it ended up being a long 16 hour day.

    There was an old cabinet that was the husbands grand parents. I was in the middle of stripping it – ended up sanding it – when it was destroyed in the 1st basement flooding. Paint stripper would not remove the beige paint which always made me wonder what type of paint this was.

    We always thought that it was the seafoam green paint that was the problem paint due to paint lifting/peeling over time from the walls/ceiling. We found out last night it is the beige paint. The whole entire kitchen had been painted in this stuff including the ceiling.

    I asked the husband if he remembered this color and he doesn’t recall ever seeing it.

    The beige paint will have to be carefully removed for it is sitting on top of the plaster with no primer under it. I’m not sure it they had primer back in the day.

    yes – a 5&1 is a tool. It is one tool that can be used for 5 different things. I love them.

    http://www.amazon.com/Michigan-Industrial-Tools-5-In-1-Scraper/dp/B000NY4TJ6

  3. 3 Karen Anne November 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Thanks, Michele, I was envisioning a 1″ x 5″ board 🙂

    I missed the flooding, was that due to the yard and fixed by the swale construction, which is about when I began reading?

    I’m a paint stripper ignoramus, but I wonder if there could be shellac or varnish in the old paint? Or could it be milk paint, which I think gets extremely hard with age and needs a special stripper?

  4. 4 Michele November 22, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    We are not sure but we have noticed that back in the day the husbands grandparents would mutli-use paint. We have seen paint that was used for outdoor used on objects in the house. There is this paint guy know to all for he knows much about paint. We will be calling him for advice this week.

    Here in my city we went through 5 floods from 2004 to 2007. Due to my city not doing their job which was to fix our under sized sewers. The EPA not allowing for dumping into the lake any longer. Most important was that our city lied to everyone about what was really going on. The husband and I invested over 17,000.00 to stop flooding and repair our basement. We flooded again, this is when we became involved in our city’s politics and I learned things I wish I never knew.

    The husband and I put the swale in to remove extra water from our drain tiles and stop the flooding of our neighbors basement. The rain gardens are to control storm water run off.


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