Loyal readers will notice that I skipped a week or two of recapping the winery construction work. Not that no progress was being made, but the focus of the basement project shifted briefly from the winery room to the rest of the basement as wallboard and plaster veneer work was being completed. Once that was done, the guys could get started on installing the FRP wall panels in the winery. We chose FRP panels to provide a durable, nonabsorbent, and washable surface to please the local Board of Health officials, but they do have the advantage of reducing the scope of the painting project! The FRP panel installation was largely completed by last Friday. Since the plaster ceiling had cured and the floor area was completely bare, I decided to leap in and paint the winery room ceiling this weekend. This was a task that I haven't exactly been eagerly anticipating because it's been awhile since I've painted a ceiling and the last ceiling paint project left mental scars that still give me nightmares (trust me--a long story best left for recollections over several beers). However, I was very pleased to find this situation was a complete charm. I started on Saturday with a final sanding touch up and dust removal, taping off the new wall panels, and then priming the ceiling. As in all of my home improvement projects, that took about twice as long as expected and left me very tired and muscle worn by early evening. Staring up at a ceiling and pushing a paint roller around uses some interesting muscles that apparently don't get used very often in normal life. But I must give credit to the plaster guys from Custom Contracting--they know how to properly plaster a ceiling and leave it ready for paint!
Sunday morning dawned, and after popping some ibuprofen, I headed back to the basement to start the ceiling paint. Four hours later, my neck muscles were sore but the ceiling was completed. And this morning, I'm pleased to share some pictures that show the dramatic change in the winery room.
We're getting really close to finishing the project as all that remains is floor sealing, installation of the 3-bay and handwash sinks and ejector sump pump, and finish electrical work. I still need to paint the window trim, but that won't take that long (knock on wood).