Pressure Washing the House, Prepping for Painting, and Beginning Kitchen Cabinet Installation

While the back of the house is being prepped for painting, Bob focuses on the inside, where the kitchen cabinets have arrived and are being installed.

Clip Summary

Bob looks at a large exterior paint color sample on his home in Cambridge, MA, and watches the paint crew pressure wash the house. Bob describes the tools involved in prepping a surface for new paint. Then Bob visits the kitchen, where Todd Allen and Jim Shiels install the first of the Heritage cabinets, explaining how they deal with the idiosyncrasies of a 100-year-old house.
Hi, I'm Bob Villa.
Welcome home, again.
As you can see, we started painting and prepping the backside of the house,
nothing like a crew of ten, but today we're spending most of our time inside.

Kitchen cabinets have arrived, so were gonna be installing some of them.
Also, touring the factory in Pennsylvania, where they're made.
And back here, we are also restoring some of the windows in the house.
We will show you how to install some spring-loaded bouncers.

Stick around.
It's good to have you home again.

Bob Villa is home again.

Now, a couple of weeks ago we were talking about the color schemes that have existed on the house in the past.
And, we know that this red has been here although the original color was a dark green, neither which we were sure about.
So, we took the liberty of doing a big sample here in the corner of the house and this is kind of a Venetian red that we've mixed and it's more or less an Essex green trim. I like it but the main thing I want to do is to make sure my wife liked it. She does. Let's go around front and we'll look at the pressure washing.

Now the pressure washing of the house is really an important step because its removing all the dust and all the loose flakey paint that's been there for many years, but what we'll be doing once it's all washed is putting on a complete coat of oil-based primer with some tint in it and then after that we'll put on the latex finish coat. What he has got up there is a pressure washer, a professional one, and there's two different kinds of nozzles you can use.

The one with the circular opening will give you distance.
This one here which is more of a little line of Will give you a ban. But the main thing to keep in mind is to not to get too close to the surface that you're power washing because you'll just destroy the siding. Let's go inside and take a look at those kitchen cabinets.

Tod and Jim are in the kitchen installing the first our cabinets.
This was actually three separate boxes that you've glued together. Right, Tod?

That's correct, Bob.

Why not put them up one piece at a time?

It's easier to get a good fit and finish if we assemble it on the floor.

And that's the joint where you just had your finger?


Exactly. So in order to get a really good, good fit and to make sure they don't move later when things settle.

That's correct.

You put them all together.

Now, this is a hundred year old house and you've got two plankers here on either side of the door of the dining room. How do you make sure that they're level one with the other?

Well, Used as a water level, because the water seeks it's own level, independent of any other dimension in the house.


So that gets us all on the same level, since the house is out of level.

OK. Great, so you don't have to measure from the floor at this point, and from the floor at that point, you just use the water point like the Egyptians did a few thousand years ago right?

That's right.

Great. And what about at the top? Now do you have to fit in a molding up there?

No, that's actually going to scribe in so we've just left a one inch space for us to scribe it to fit the ceiling.

Boy, that will be a tough little bit of scribe cutting, won't it?

It sure will.

Well, OK. Good luck. We have got a break for a couple of messages. And when we come back we'll be in Amish country in Pennsylvania in New Holland, Pennsylvania visiting the Heritage Factory where these cabinets are built.

Stick around.