Our kitchen hood is put in and the Roman Clay is completed and it seems to be SO GOOD! I simply love the way in which it turned out a lot. And sure, the again wall behind it’s nonetheless clean, however I’m taking my time to determine precisely what I wish to do there. I don’t wish to rush it.
Anyway, again to the hood. We received it from Hoodsly. I liked quite a lot of issues about working with Hoodsly, however the truth that the customization stage was infinite actually was the icing on the cake. They’ve so many alternative choices: curved, straight, strapping, molding, and many others. And when you make your form choice you may transfer ahead and customise it with stain, paint, prime it, or go away it uncooked. Plus, when you want any assist you may schedule a video chat and so they’ll stroll you thru the whole lot.
As soon as the hood got here, the set up wasn’t too tough as a result of it got here in two elements. The craftsmanship from Hoodsly is SO good! It was lovely proper out of the field. I selected to depart ours uncooked, as an alternative of paint or stain it, as a result of I knew I needed to present it a Roman Clay end.
THE DUCT WORK
Earlier than I’m going into the Roman Clay particulars, I needed to present a fast run down on the duct work. The one resolution for the duct work was to come back out by means of the wall behind the hood and into the eating room.Then from there it goes outdoors. The duct runs alongside the wall after which we boxed it in to cover it. Whereas boxing it in, I selected to cowl the can gentle that was there as a result of we didn’t use it and it was in a bizarre spot. We additionally wanted to maneuver the air return, so we moved it to the underside of the beam so that you don’t see it immediately. Ultimately I’ll wrap the beam in a cool wooden to complete it off. Going outdoors, for the outer vent piece on the surface of the home, we’ll paint it to match the home seamlessly.
THE ROMAN CLAY
Now for the Roman clay. Step one is to prep the hood, and by that I imply get the whole lot taped off and lined that must be. After that, it’s time to prime! I used Kilz primer for this.
To complete prep work, I wanted to caulk across the ceiling for a clear seam. There was a giant hole on the prime the place the hood meets the ceiling. So as an alternative of compacting extreme quantities of caulk in there, I used Backer Rod. The Backer Rod is a styrofoam tubing that fills the hole so that you don’t need to fill it with a ton of caulk. It’s tremendous simple to make use of. All it’s a must to do is minimize it to size after which shove it within the hole. It is available in small, medium, and huge sizes. Medium labored effectively for me after which I minimize it in half for smaller gaps. I like to make use of my finger to clean out the caulk as soon as it’s utilized. Then I’m going over it with a child wipe to make it much more clean and wipe away the surplus.
As soon as the caulk and the primer are dry, it’s time for Roman Clay! I used the colour Full Circle from Portola paints, which is similar colour as my fire. That is my third time utilizing Roman Clay and it at all times has such a ravishing end! Roman clay is constructed from pure elements and offers a marbled impact, akin to Venetian plaster, however with a extra delicate and natural look. It’s really useful to solely apply it on clean inside surfaces. Seal it with a prime coat to present it a slight sheen and make it sturdy and wipeable.
To use it, I like to make use of plastic putty knives. I received actually unhealthy black scratch marks on our fire with steel ones so plastic appears to work a lot better. After which, I like to make use of two knives. One smaller one to scoop it out of the container and put it onto the larger one and the larger one to use it to my floor.
The most effective issues about Roman clay is that there’s actually not quite a lot of rhyme or cause to the movement of the way you apply it. You possibly can’t mess it up. Simply scoop a small quantity onto your knife (slightly goes a good distance!) and begin. At all times work your manner down from the highest. There’s no proper or improper manner. Simply be natural with it and make some curvy, swervy actions.
The aim with the primary coat is to use a skinny layer for protection. Don’t fear when you miss some small areas. The large clean areas are the simplest and I’d positively suggest beginning with these if that is your first time. You’ll discover although, my hood has small quantities of trim. I’ve by no means utilized it on molding or trim. So I figured my most suitable choice was to make use of a chip brush to frivolously brush it on. I utilized it as easily as I might and didn’t stress about it an excessive amount of as a result of after it dried I used to be going to be sand it down. It’s important to let the primary coat dry in a single day after which you may sand and repeat.
Subsequent is to sand down all of the ridges to get it again to a clean floor earlier than making use of the second coat. I used a 300 grit sanding block to go round till I had a pleasant clean floor once more.
As soon as I sanded the whole lot I used to be prepared for a second coat. The second coat is all about going slightly thicker in these areas you went lighter within the first time and filling in any spots you missed. It’s the identical course of as making use of the primary coat, however TYPICALLY on the finish you don’t have to sand it. It’s because you normally solely want two coats and a prime coat. Nevertheless, I used to be all prepared to use the topcoat once I realized I used to be nonetheless seeing brush strokes coming by means of from the primer. So I made a decision to do a 3rd coat to hopefully eliminate these strokes and it labored! I simply went a smidge thicker in these areas I wanted to cowl extra.
THE TOP COAT
As soon as it’s all dry its time to use the highest coat! And it’s utilized the identical manner because the Roman Clay, with putty knives! You’ll have the ability to inform, however it’s loads simpler to clean out all of the ridges of the highest coat along with your putty knife so there’s no have to sand it down whenever you’re completed. To complete off the trim I used a black foam brush to use it. And that’s it!
I do wish to be aware that technically this isn’t made to be used above a range. Nevertheless after checking with the professionals at Portola, they mentioned will probably be effective so long as I do a prime coat and wipe it down after cooking.
I completely love how this turned out! I’ve talked about earlier than how we’re taking extra time with our kitchen to make it the whole lot we might ever need and extra and I can’t stress sufficient how a lot this hood suits the imaginative and prescient. The Roman Clay was the proper alternative. I really like these things since you don’t need to be good with it, it should at all times look distinctive and exquisite. And that’s precisely how we really feel about it within the different areas of our residence too!
Now I simply want to determine what to do with the wall – I’m truly leaning in direction of roman clay-ing that too, keep tuned!
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