Insulating the attic area. That should help keep things warmer!

Distillery part 7:

ceiling, priming, cleaning It has been so long since I've done a post, I almost forgot how!  Between working at Fancifuls in the mornings and then working on the building interior in the afternoons and weekends, I'm just too tired to blog!
Vince is currently recovering from his second carpal tunnel surgery, so I have a few free minutes to give some updates.
We have been very busy working on the inside, this post is showing what we got done prior to Vince's first carpal tunnel surgery on March 16th. We were trying to get as much as we could done because he would only have the use of one hand for awhile. We didn't really know what to expect from the surgery, but all went well with his left hand, he had minimal pain and was able to do some minor tasks after a few days. The worst part about the whole thing was having to tape a plastic bag over his hand for 12 days while he showered.

sooo, anyhoo, here is what we got accomplished in February and early March....

 After the drywall was finished and we got the heat going, it was time to put up the ceiling in the tasting room so the insulation guys could come back and do the attic area.

Wiring in a smoke alarm.

We set up the chop saw and got to work!

We loaded the back of the truck up and backed it into the building to unload it because it was really cold that weekend, it was below zero with the wind chill, and it is really windy up on that hill!

trying to decide what colors to use

Yea! The last piece! We got it done that weekend.

We bought this paint sprayer at Harbor Freight (we love that place!), it was kind of messy but made up for it by being able to paint that whole room in a few hours. We put a coat of primer and 2 topcoats on.

This is the lumber for the ceiling in the tasting room, there are 8' and 10' lengths of wood in these piles. We bought all this last year and had it delivered the same time as the lumber and drywall.

All clean and ready to paint!!! What a horrible job that was, spraying the floor and scrubbing it with a broom and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing. Then we had to use an etching compound and rinse that off. But it was wonderful to get all that plaster dust and paint overspray out of there.

Grand Central Mess

Now that it is all insulated, it is time to get ready for paint. I had to wipe down all the walls and the ceiling in the distillery side with a damp rag ( well, many damp rags!). That dust was everywhere and on everything. That took me half a day. Vince pushed me around on the scaffold to do the ceiling, so that saved a lot of time.

Music! I have Josh Groban, Cold Play, Perry Como, Neil Diamond, Billy Idol, Queen, John Denver, the B-52's, the Lumineers and a bunch of other stuff on there. I like to listen to music when I'm working. I love my little green guy, he is the portable speaker for my i-pod.

That foam oozes through every tiny crack and hole. But is really easy to scrape off and it didn't take long to clean it up. Yes, I saved some of it because it looked cool! It is pretty fragile though and if you squish it it will compact.

We had to wash the floor before we could paint it, and we still didn't have any water, so we ran the hose up from the house. We lucked out with the weather, it was nice out when we wanted to do the floor, so we were able to have the doors open to help dry it out after washing it.

We had stapled plastic sheeting up to help keep the heat in since we had the radiant heating system finally going. We pulled it down as we went along with the ceiling boards. Vince is cutting out a hole so the boards will fit around the recessed lighting fixtures.

It looks great! Now what can I make out of those scraps?

I started staining these before Christmas. I wanted to get them all done so they would be ready when we needed them. I worked on them evenings and weekends. I put one coat of stain and 2 coats of polyurethane on them.

Vince is cutting the last few boards to finish off the end. The portable scaffold we bought at Harbor Freight is one of the best purchases we have ever made!!