The plaster on the ceiling is done. The plaster masters applied 4 by 10 sheets of plaster board and then applied two coats of plaster onto that. It looks really good and is a huge improvement over the old ceiling.
There are two differences between the original plaster and the new plaster though. First, the pattern that the plasterers left behind is different than what was on the original ceiling. Second, the plaster that was originally used in the house was gray, almost like cement. The plaster that these guys used was white. All of this is very minor and probably won't be noticeable once we repaint. We'll need to repaint the ceiling and parts of the kitchen walls where the spray adhesive they used to keep up the plastic sheeting either left behind residue or took off the paint.
We also made a discovery while doing all of this work. There was some trim on the kitchen cupboards that needed to come off for the new ceiling. Taking it off revealed this.
That's right. Blue, patterned wallpaper attached directly to the ceiling. It must have been quite a sight during its day. I don't know when it was put on, but I would guess the 30's or early 40's.
We still need to paint, put the light shades back on, and put up the cabinet trim before everything is just "so". But there's no additional cost for any of that. This little project ended up costing us $575. I'd guess that insurance kicked in about another $1300, putting the grand total somewhere between $1500 and $2000.