Dining room re-plastered, part I

It was about time we sorted out the dining area downstairs – we can’t really call the area a dining “room” anymore since the previous house owners knocked down the wall separating the lounge from the dining room. We replastered the lounge area completely when we first moved in in 2003 and now it was the turn of the dining area.

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On day 1, a protective plastic sheet was hung up where the old lounge/dining room wall used to be which meant we could keep as much dust and grime away from our living quarters as possible. The ceiling was covered in plasterboard and a thin layer of plaster added (you can just see the new brown plaster ceiling at the top of the photo above).

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Day 2 was all about removing the old plaster from the walls. This took quite a while and allowed us to see where the fireplace had been altered into a gas fire in the past (see the red brickwork in the chimney breast above). The final job on day 2 was to embed the electrical sockets (power and lights) into the brickwork – previously the sockets had been fitted on top of the plaster which didn’t look particularly modern. An electrician came around to do this job and also coverted the 1 x double sockets into 2 x double sockets.

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Day 3 was laying the cement on top of the brickwork ready for the finishing plaster. Patterns were drawn into the cement to give the final layer of plaster something to stick to.

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Finally, on day 4, the finishing plaster was applied. And that was that. It took about 2 weeks to dry – it dried particularly slowly on the outside walls where we’ve previously experienced some damp. On the photo above you can see the different colours from the wet plaster on the walls and the dry plaster on the ceiling.

The next job was to paint the walls. Then add the architrave and then the skirting boards…

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