Drilling and screwing / Taladrar y atornillar

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THE NEW CERAMIC PLATES ARE up in the living and dining rooms! I shifted several other things on the walls to make it all work. We’re happy and that’s all that matters. When I finished, I got out the paint and the spackle to patch some old holes that are now exposed. There are others that have needed patching for more than a year.

Unfortunately, the spackle was a bit beyond its freshness (an understatement as you can see from the final photo), so patching and repairs will have to wait; I don’t feel like going to the hardware store. And that’s been today’s excitement so far.


¡LOS NUEVOS PLATOS DE CERÁMICA está en el salon y comedor! Cambié varias otras cosas en las paredes para que todo funcionara. Estamos felices y eso es todo lo que importa. Cuando terminé, saqué la pintura y la masilla para reparar algunos agujeros viejos que ahora están expuestos. Hay otros que han necesitado parches durante más de un año.

Desafortunadamente, la masilla estaba un poco más allá de su frescura (un eufemismo como puedes ver en la foto final), por lo que los parches y las reparaciones tendrán que esperar; no tengo ganas de ir a la ferretería. Y esa ha sido la emoción de hoy.

• I suggested to San Geraldo that he should reconstitute the spackle. He suggested I carve something instead.
• Le sugerí a San Geraldo que reconstituyera la masilla. Me sugirió que tallara algo en su lugar.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

23 thoughts on “Drilling and screwing / Taladrar y atornillar”

  1. They look fabulous, What a great collection.

    The old spackle makes a nice sculpture, too, or maybe a paperweight?

    1. Bob:
      Too late for the spackle. It went in the trash. Someone else would have had a good time creating something from it. All I want to do is sit and look at the ceramics.

  2. HOW do they make the lace holes in the plates????? gorgeous additions to your home, along with the floor vase.

    1. anne marie:
      I think they shape the plate and then cut the holes by hand. We are SO happy with the transformation.

  3. Beautiful! The plates. Not the spackle. Need to sell spackle in little tubes (maybe they do, I just have bought any lately).

    Just threw out some spackle yesterday that I didn’t even bother opening. Had been in the back of a bathroom vanity (probably since we moved here 25 years ago). But that bathroom is being completely demo’d Tuesday for a full remodel (taking out a tub and putting in a shower with glass enclosure and all new fixtures/vanity/flooring/etc). Once that is completed, a second bathroom will get a full makeover, too. Expensive. Did I mention we’re also getting all new doors–interior ones, closet doors and exterior doors w/storm doors. Yep. Expensive. But needed.

    1. Mary:
      Spackle in tubes would be great! Your 25-year-old spackle must have shrunk to half the size of the container! Ours was only about 8 years old.The bathroom remodels sound exciting. Would love to do both of ours. We did new doors a few years ago. It’s amazing what a difference that makes. Your house is going to be completely transformed!

    2. Mary, we did both bathrooms, one at a time, starting a couple of years ago, it is worth the pain, I too had the tub replaced with a shower, every time I step in there I am glad I spent the money (the two bathroom remodels cost as much as my first house did in 1982!)

    1. Urspo:
      We started off thinking we’d go minimal. Minimal just isn’t us, I guess.

    1. Debra:
      I like thinking of it as the tree of life, but it’s covered with apples (maybe apples), which would make it the tree of knowledge. I’ll stick with tree of life!

  4. Your new plates look beautiful on your plum-coloured wall! How are they affixed to it — do they come with special hangers?

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Four holes are built in to the bottom of the plate when it’s made and before it’s fired. We added a ring of wire. Then had to drill holes into the brick and plaster walls, hammer in plastic anchors, and screw in L-shaped hooks.

    1. Jim:
      I think I’ll buy some tomorrow… although I already put the paint back in the closet. Another 3 years?

  5. Love your plates beautiful motif and colours. I also like that umbrella stand in green ceramic. I could use one here.

    1. Laurent:
      It could be used as an umbrella stand but we have so many foldable umbrellas that would get lost in it.

  6. The plates are gawgeous! I have a friend who buys beautiful hand-made plates in various versions of blue (her favorite color). She uses every one of them!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      They of course had stunning blue and white plates. Your friend would love the shop. My parents had a friend who also collected blue and white plates, but only for display. The upper part of her large dining room walls were lined with them. I lost count.

    1. Kirk:
      We painted the wall ages ago. Even repainted it once (and it could use another coat; it fades in the sun). We thought we might have to change the color but love it with the plates (we chose ones that picked up on the tone of the wall).

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