The brick wall project is almost complete so I thought I’d give you a look at where I am right now with it and how I got here. As a reminder, this is what the wall looked like before …
Before you start to shoot poison out of your toes because you liked the before picture, know that I did too. But it just wasn’t going to work. There’s rough and then there’s drunk tank rough. This wall was drunk tank rough.
I tried a few things with the wall including whitewashing it and distressing it so that the older brick showed through in spots. But this wall is already rough without faking it. The actual bricks are rough, they aren’t all flush, plus the wall was filled with holes and bits of old wood. All those characteristics add up to … character.
And it all showed up better with the walls painted a flat white.
Now I know it looks like all I did was paint the wall white, but like with most home improvement jobs (and minor plastic surgeries) there was a lot more to it than that.
I still have a few gaps and holes to fill with wood and once I cut and chisel it to size, that’s exactly what I’ll do.
The other thing I had to contend with was the the very small slice of wall in between the door frame and the brick wall. That’s what the piece of antique board you see in the before picture was for.
I found the board in my mother’s garage and it was love at first site. If it were legal to marry just a hunk of wood I would. Heh. I wanted to use the board to run from the floor to the ceiling like an old beam. It would cover the mangled drywall between the door and the brick plus it would tie in the wood doors I have on the other side of the kitchen.
The only problem with the board was it was too wide. It measured 10″ wide and I needed it to be 7″. Well, just cut 3″ off it you think, right? Wrong. The beauty of a board that’s at least 120 years old is it looks 120 years old. On the outside at least. Once you cut it, it looks brand spankin’ new on the inside. Like mouldy cheese.
So if I were to cut 3″ off the side of the board, that one whole edge would look brand new, with light wood and sharp edges. Ewww.
My sister with the pink suede tool belt came up with the obvious solution of cutting 3″ out of the centre out of the board and pushing the two sides together. That way the original old edges would remain intact.
So if it was off to my sister with the pink suede tool belt’s house, because she has even more tools than I do. Including a table saw which I once saw her try to fit into her tool belt.
To get two pieces of wood to fit together almost invisibly, wood needs to be cut at 45 degrees, NOT 90 degrees.
Then we clamped. And by we, I mean her. I was the official photographer of the night.
The 10″ board is now 7″, with its original rough edge. You can see how it went together here. Once we clamped this end it was as invisible as I needed it to be. Rough wood like this makes it pretty easy to make it look good because the wood is already cracked and craggy.
The board’s new old edge (pre-clamping).
The board is just leaning up against the wall right now. I’m going to have to move the light switch and electrical box out a few inches and set it into the barn board beam.
It’s a GREAT old piece of wood with huge square nails and a lot of smashes and bashes.
There are still a few fiddly things to deal with in terms of the post and the brick wall, plus the mess that is the ceiling above it, but I thought I’d show you how far I’d gotten with it.
The whole process of cutting the board and painting the brick wall took about 8 hours.
Which in terms of this kitchen renovation? Is a spit in the paint bucket.