Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Base Coat Plaster Ceiling

Posted on | February 17, 2011 | 34 Comments

We have a new ceiling! Our plasterer arrived early Wednesday morning and attached blueboard to the beams. Blueboard looks more gray then blue and has special absorption qualities that aids plaster in adhering to the surface and not peel away versus using dry wall. After the blueboard was hung, mesh tape was applied to each joint and then a scratch coat was applied over the tape. The scratch coat dried for about 45 minutes and then the base coat got mixed up with water.

This is where the process got a little funky; the base coat (we used Imperial Basecoat Veneer Plaster) was our final coat—normally you would add another layer of plaster. Under the recommendation of Pierre using just the base coat would give our ceiling a look that was similar to our horsehair plaster walls. Pierre felt the second coat would make our ceiling look too polished, smooth and modern. Above and below photos of the ceiling in progress.






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Installing Soundproof Insulation in Ceiling

Posted on | February 15, 2011 | 7 Comments

Over the weekend we installed soundproofing insulation between the beams in the ceiling. Insulation in the ceiling isn’t necessary but it does make a room a lot quieter. We used Roxul Safe’n’Sound insulation under recommendation of our local lumber yard, Gilbert & Cole.

The product is really cool because it’s fire-resistant and made from a material called, stone wool. Stone wool is a by-product of volcanic activity and was found in Hawaii at the beginning of the century. According to Roxul’s website, in its manufactured state, stone wool combines the power of rock with the characteristics of typical insulation wool. Stone wool is water repellent yet vapor permeable. The insulation cannot absorb water so the R-value is not affected. It is completely resistant to rot, mildew, mold and bacterial growth.

The insulation is easy to install. Cut strips using a simple saw and stick it up into the ceiling cavity between the beams—we used the old lathe we removed from the ceiling to secure the panels. Some of the panels fit in perfectly with no cutting but in the smaller room we had to trim each piece because the width between the beams is narrower. Blueboard will be screwed into the beams later this week when the plasterer comes. Above and below photos of Greg installing the insulation in our den.

Update: The insulation is great and makes the house so much quieter. See photos of the blueboard being installed as well as the base coat plaster ceiling going up here.






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