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26 October 2009 @ 09:54 am
The first time we set foot in our quirky wee house, we were charmed by several things: the wood stove, the big bay window, and the wainscoted ceiling. It gave the main living space a warm, cozy feeling. After a few years, cozy turned to claustrophobic and warm became "what was the previous owner thinking?" This feeling only intensified when, as part of our great kitchen remodel, we completely redid the ceiling. Suddenly - magically, even - that tiny room seemed larger, brighter, airier, and though we only gained a few inches in height, it looked significantly taller. Headroomier, if I might say.

Don and I knew that someday we'd want to bite the bullet and do the same for the living room ceiling.

Yep. My BIG NEWS! is that we're ripping out the old crappy ceiling and putting up fresh, clean sheet rock. I do live the life.

I spent yesterday clearing out the entire room, shifting things into my office and Don's, with overflow going to the basement and shelves in the bedroom. As you might imagine, the kitties were an endless source of what they would call 'assistance.' I've got pictures to prove it. In the meanwhile, though, let me show you the crappy old ceiling. C'mon - it'll be fun!


Taken from the 'formal dining room' with the bay window at my back. Apologies in advance for the dodgy quality of the photos. I was using my point-and-click and had very little natural light to work with. So. Off to the left is the kitchen, the only place we could fit that honking big hutch. In it's journey, one of the legs was compromised. We're ignoring that until it needs to be moved back. ANYWAY, the ceiling doesn't look so bad, right? Sure, it darkens the room a bit, but at least it was properly installed.


Except for the gaps between boards.


And the chalk marks that no amount of scrubbing would remove.


The previous owner does get points for using wood spackle on some of the seams. Equal points deducted for failing to sand it down.

Should I talk about the molding? Or should I just show you this:


Yep. I think that speaks for itself. In complete gibberish.

From a distance, it's not as bad.


Unless you notice the crown molding no the left is markedly larger than that on the right. Unrelated but of note: even though it's only October, there's a wreath hanger on the door. Eager for the holidays or too lazy to put it away each year? I'll let you be the judge.


On the left, bright shiny kitchen ceiling. On the right, doomed wainscot. Let the transformation begin!
(no subject) - awomanthatsblue on October 26th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Kelladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
The good (or, rather, the 'this isn't QUITE so huge) news is that we're not messing about with electric, or insulation, or anything all that big. Still, it's going to be about four days of dust and debris and kitties freaking out and hiding atop the water heater.

memo to self: ask for a fainting couch for Christmas.
Zoë Tzoethor on October 26th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)

I cannot wait for more pictures!!!
gardenfaieriesgardenfaieries on October 26th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hey that's great! Dark ceilings make rooms feel small and short. We had the same problem, you are very brave! We painted the wood, instead of putting up drywall :( It made a difference, but it looks like painted wood. We had a handyman come in a look at it and he said to just put the drywall over the wood and it would be alot easier, eh yea, right. So we just painted it. lol:) You have a very sweet home.
GOOD LUCK with ur project!
(it's not lame to change your world)
Kelladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
About a year ago we talked about simply painting it; I'm glad we went this route.

And thank you! It's a quirky house with tilty floors, but I still love it.
Josh Shainejoshwriting on October 26th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Does this mean that you are trying to have Max Headroom in your house?

Brave woman!
Kelladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Never forget that I'm a geeky child of the eighties. I had a full-on crush on Max Headroom... well, on Matt Frewer, anyway.
Janet: Bill and Ted: Awesome!goodnite_gracee on October 27th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
And Matt's still amazing in Eureka! I actually adored Red from Max Headroom...

Have fun with this project... turns out the news I thought was yours came at me from another corner! Nice to know that I'm just off, and not wrong!
Kelladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Love him in Eureka.

And thanks... I so very much wish it could have been another sort of news, but no such luck.
Kel: geekladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Also: who was Red? IMDB fails me.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on October 27th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
He was the older guy that ran his own independant tv station. Lived in a trailer with the outrageous red-head head who had probably been with him forever. He struck me as a post-apocolyptic punk hippie biker... heh! He was in a number of episodes where they needed to get Max (or some other info) back on the air illicitly. At least, that's what my meager memory tells me!
kitmfkitmf on October 26th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
You are going to end up totally transforming the house.
Kelladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Bit by bit! We need to revisit some of the big stuff (rewiring, insulating the outside walls, plumbing issues) at some point, but this'll do for now.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on October 27th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
I love seeing the stages of a project. Great photos. Keep us posted. I spent the good part of last night searching the web for bathroom sinks. Vessel, pedestal, vanity. I'm not sure what I want. Though I do like vessel.
Kel: blue shutterladyjoust on October 27th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Are 'vessels' the freestanding basins? If so, they're stunning.
wench18wench18 on October 27th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
That's marvelous! Can't wait to see photos!

And, my wreath hanger is still on the door...that's where the every day coats go.