|This is a small ceiling, so I could take a
few short cuts. More on how to do a big one some other
First, I marked off a one inch line all the way around the ceiling. This gives me a point of reference to straighten the ceiling. I used 2 scrap pieces of 1/2" blue board for my chalk.
The ceiling was framed for me. More on how to frame these ceilings with channel iron in the future.
|I put on my metal lath using wafer head
I made sure the arrises (outside corners are called arrises) were well overlapped and round.
|I formed the arrises with quarter inch
strips cut on a table saw. I aligned the strips with the columns and the center of the lights.
The strips were shimmed nice and round to
a half inch thickness using 2 scraps of masonite.
|Strips were packed with white
molding plaster and lime. I did the whole ceiling out of white mortar, like plaster moldings. It sets fast, and I could finish everything as I go.
|I filled in the side sections and troweled
them smooth. I set my angles (inside corners )
using the chalk mark, and filled in to the arrises using a
rod (straight edge).
||The odd ball is this oval section where
the ceiling turns the corner. I screwed on a scrap piece
therma-ply to form the arris. I hope you can see
what is going on.
I packed in my arris between the therma ply
and the lath. After the mortar set up, I took off the
therma ply and I had a nice arris.
|This cool "S" shape on the
other side of the oval was done like the round sections.
|I filled in the side
sections and finished them, then
took off the masonite. I trued up the arrises by
scraping and chipping.
|Now, all I have to do is
fill in may center sections.
The center sections are then filled and straightened with a 6 foot rod. In the foreground,
you can see the funky shape where the ceiling
|I filled in everything and troweled it
||A view of the "S" shape across from the
|The next step was to brown coat and finish
the side walls. Wood strips are used to form the arrises
on the columns. We didn't want to use metal corner beads
because this is color work, and I didn't want to leave the
||We painted my white vault ceiling
with transparent plaster bonder from USG,
and put on the color finish.
|Finished hallway. I didn't have to trowel
the ceiling so smooth, seeing how it got another
finish on top, but I did it anyway.
I did the vault by myself, and my employees did the brown on the side walls and the decorative color finish.
If you are wondering, the vault took me 7 days, working 4 hours a day.