The Walls Incarnadine

by wjw on February 1, 2007

More home improvement under way.

Here’s Kathy, looking rather brawny, at work on another kitchen soffit. (I had never heard the word “soffit” before commencing this project. A useful word, that is if we’re using it correctly.)

As our shade of red, cheerfully described as “cranberry zing,” was darker than we feared (if brighter than we would have liked), we decided to sacrifice another part of the kitchen to the Red Gods.

And here’s the result.

Johan Larson February 2, 2007 at 3:05 pm

I think you have those two photos reversed.

HaloJonesFan February 2, 2007 at 5:15 pm

That looks really good!

I’ve often thought that you can’t really be too dark with red. Sure, dark red in the paint pot might look like a bucket of blood, but bright red on the walls just looks really strange.

qtera31 February 2, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Ooooh – I am glad you painted that “soffit” too. It looks great!

Tarl Neustaedter February 2, 2007 at 11:14 pm

I don’t think you are using the term “soffit” correctly. I’ve run into the word in the context of “soffit vents” venting an attic to the outside world. Looking in the dictionary, the word applies specifically to the horizontal underside of a cornice, not a vertical moulding, which is what you are showing. Sorry…

dubjay February 3, 2007 at 10:26 pm

I uploaded the two photos in exactly the right order. Blogger reversed them in its own charming way.

I’m sorry not to have the word “soffit” to use anymore. It’s so much easier than “vertical moulding,” which doesn’t actually mean anything to me.

Kathleen February 5, 2007 at 7:11 pm

From Wikipedia:

“In modern architecture, a soffit can be installed on the underside of a ceiling to fill the space above the kitchen cabinets, at the corner of the ceiling and wall. Typically made from gypsum wallboard, over 2×4 studs, the soffit is also made from a wide range of building materials.”

This *has* to be true, because I read it on the Internet!

–Kathy H.

HaloJonesFan February 11, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Hm, that’s funny. I just went to Wikipedia and it said that a soffit was “a big vent on the wall/cieling of a house. only fagz use the term soffit.”

Surely one of us is wrong! But which one? I’m certainly never wrong, so it must be you.

dubjay February 11, 2007 at 8:34 pm

hjf seems to be conducting a charm offensive.

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