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The project began when we ditched the old halogen lights in the kitchen in favor of LED lights. It was easy for Roger to make the switch, and the new lights are a big improvement, but as you can see, they didn't fit the holes exactly so he had to make cosmetic repairs.
Some gaps were 1/2 to 3/4 inch.
After the first of the two long cracks was repaired.
After Roger fixed the lights, he moved on to the next phase - cracks in the ceiling that were really bugging us.
Phase 1 - The New LED Lights
There were two long, large cracks here.
Next Roger filled the voids between the light and the ceiling with 3-M Patch Plus Primer. After it dried he added more where it was needed, sanded again and caulked the perimeter of the light to create a smooth transition to the ceiling.
Compare the light on the left with the "before" picture above.
Note that the light rims have received a first coat of the ceiling paint so that they'll blend.
The Finished Product: Repaired Walls in a Beautiful New Color
Phase 1 - Extensive Patching & Caulking
When he's preparing a surface for repainting, Roger uses his skills to sand, patch holes and fill cracks to make imperfections disappear. This attention to detail really shows in the finished work.
Caulked and Patched Crown Molding
Repaired Fascia Ready to Prime and Paint
Rotted Fascia Before Repairs
"A tree fell on our house last winter. Roger repaired and painted our ceiling and did an incredible job. He has done several other projects for us as well, both interior and exterior. Excellent, excellent work each time."
Roger is expert at making cosmetic repairs to wood, drywall, plaster and stucco.
Whether the damage is inside, outside or both, whether the cause is fire, sun, water, wind, remodeling changes or daily living, Roger can help. Over the years he's worked wonders on many surfaces with damage that seemed so extensive that nothing could be done to save them, sometimes using special materials to re-create missing sections.
Filling the voids in the ceiling.
All eight new lights had to be worked on.
The first step was to sand the ceiling around the perimeter of each light. Falling debris and some escaping dust particles are inevitable, but Roger created a series of "containment tunnels" to minimize the clean up.
Late that night the kitchen was covered
and ready for painting
Phase 3 - Preparation and Painting
Phase 2 - Repairing Some Cracks and Bad Taping
Because of the extensive repairs, touching up the paint was impossible and the entire ceiling had to be repainted. That meant the kitchen and family room had to be cleared so that everything could be covered with plastic.
Once the lights over the island were wrapped in plastic, the only light source for this picture was a work light, but you can get an idea of how much covering up had to be done.
As you can see, this is fussy work. There were eight lights to fix and some were quite challenging because of large gaps between the light and the ceiling.
We recently completed a major repair project on the ceiling in our kitchen and family room. It wasn't much fun, but it had to be done. We were "lucky" to have been snowbound for a few days when Roger tackled it so that he could focus on the work and complete it in record time.
Preparing for Major Color Changes At a Home
in Flat Rock, NC Where Intense Colors Hid the Damage
Phase 2- Priming
While Roger prepared the paint,
Baci inspected the family room.
We have an open plan and the kitchen ceiling continues to the family room. Two long cracks had appeared between the two areas from faulty sheet rock installation and bad taping, along with a couple of smaller cracks. We could see the cracks coming and going, making invisible repairs very important to our peace of mind.
Fortunately Roger is an expert at solving difficult cosmetic problems, but I have to admit that fixing the cracks was an even bigger and messier job than Phase 1. It meant a major disruption to our lives for a few days, but it was part of the process so I just accepted the chaos.
The Happy Ending
The Kitchen Ceiling Repair Project
Baci smiles in approval while she calmly waits
for the plastic and drops to be removed.
If you have a project with cosmetic repairs that will require an expert touch,
call me and schedule an estimate. Chances, are, Roger can work miracles for you too.