Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 6

It’s time to paint the Ceilings, but first, I will spackle them to help hide the tapewire.  I usually put on Liner Paper (a thick white paper that is sold in wallpaper stores), but I still have bathroom dividers to install, and the Liner Paper is thick enough to make them too tight.  Besides, Liner paper is easy… you don’t need me to show you how to use it, but spackle is a bit more challenging – so, I’m spackling…  obscure ceiling tapewire with spackle
Part 1: Floorplan and Move a Window
Part 2: Attic Ceiling, Kneewall, and Starting the Wiring
Part 3: Customizing the Dividers
Part 4: Wiring the Attic
Part 5: Folded tapewire corners, eyelet connections, and power jacks
The house is up-side-down.  The picture at the top shows “light” spackle being applied with a library card.  The first coat of spackle is thick… just getting down enough material to make a base for the second-coat, which is what does the actual smoothing.  sand the spackle
Here, a light sanding gets off the big ridges and lumps.
 spackle - second coat
 Wipe the surface with a damp rag, and do a smoothing coat, thin this time.
 a final sanding
 A final sanding, then a coat of paint or primer (this is one of the few places I do use primer, because I always discover a few places for a touch-up of spackle, and the spackle sticks to primer better than to paint)
 paint the ceilings and stair holes
 Don’t forget to spackle and paint in the stair holes
 sponge paint the ceilings
 Sponge paint in the ceilings doesn’t leave brush strokes
 the painted ceiling
 Here’s the ceiling right-side-up… there’s not much showing of the tapewire
 Next: wallpaper in the “study”… I’ve got work to do

8 Responses to “Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 6”

  1. Tom Larkin Says:

    Gary: I am interested in how you are able to turn the farmhouse upside down? what kind of support mechanism do you use?


  2. gary_r Says:

    I turned the house up-side-down before attaching the chimney or doing the Boston Lap on the peak of the roof. The house rested on several thicknesses of cardboard, supported nicely on the main roof and the gable roofs. It did take a helper to turn it over safely, though.

  3. Becky Says:

    What are the dimensions on the stick inside the el66 wiring kit. I am trying to lay out the wiring path for the ceilings.



  4. gary_r Says:

    Hi Becky
    I wire the baseRuns 3/4″ above the floor and sconce runs 5 1/2″ above the floor.

  5. Becky Says:

    Hi Gary,
    Things are going great so far, however, with that being said I do have a question for you. Do we Spackle all of the tape throughout the house? Also, I cannot find the tool used to place the tiny eyelets (?), so what else could I use? My hands are to big to hold them and hammer them in.


  6. Gary Says:

    Wallpaper covers tapewire so that it is hardly noticable in a finished house. I use liner paper or spackle for walls or ceilings that will be painted.
    The only tool recommeded for putting eyelets in MDF is the EL-66 tool from Real Good Toys. I have super-sized hands and the EL66 makes eyeletting a snap!

  7. JoAnn Says:

    I’m at the top floor where you add the piece for the gabel front. is it suppose to be a little short at the one side.

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