If you read my previous post, you will know I am in the middle of a big building project, remodelling my kitchen and dining room into one lovely, open, usable space. You will also know we hit a little bit of a speed bump when we uncovered a leak, a long-standing leak. It's amazing just how much damage a little bit of water can do to concrete.
Undeterred, our lovely building team have continued to work around the issue to try to minimise our time without a kitchen. This week's biggest change in the new room is the plastering. With the new ceiling boards in place, the room was ready for a new skin. As someone who enjoys baking and is an avid fan of The Great British Bake-off, I found the plaster mixing process fascinating. It's just like mixing a good cake topping but on an industrial scale. Even the mixing tools look like giant whisks.
Much as I love baking, I've yet to master the art of decent icing and piping. I was keen to watch the plastering process. How do you slap plaster on the ceiling and make it stick? I imagine if I tried it, the wet plaster would slowly peel off and drape itself over my upturned face, sealing me in a terracotta face mask.
Fortunately for me, the plasterer is a highly skilled man. The end result is silky smooth and delightfully tactile. If it wasn't for the fact I'm not planning on pale terracotta for wall colour, I'd seal it and leave it as it is.
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