Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Painting Old Beams

This trip to Old Farm, Bill and I began preparing the kitchen ceiling beams for white paint. Most of the beams in this room are original to Old Farm's beginning "half house" structure (1717) which was soon enlarged to a "full house" as many such Cape houses were. In this picture, the swagged lamp cord threads through one of the old mortis joints where the first exterior wall ended with the horizontal ceiling beam.

We spent three days sanding beam surfaces, their many cracks and joints with 120 grit; digging out old caulk or fillers to be replaced with pieces of wood cut to fit, and then caulking it all before painting with primer.

The ceiling boards are the upstairs floor boards and will  be sanded with an electric sander after the joints are thoroughly cleaned of some very old dirt, and we finish painting the beams.

Here are more of the old mortis joints in what used to be the end beam of the house with a smaller fireplace.
Most Cape houses were built around a central chimney with all rooms having a fireplace and we have three lovely fireplaces; one for each room, with a staircase now going up one side of the chimney as they did historically as well.

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