It’s been awhile since our last wall-removing update. It’s been slow-moving, especially with our weekend trip to Wisconsin and our weekend trip to Missouri. But Nick continues to plug away. Here’s where we left you last time.
The duct work was completed, and the pillar and arches had been framed in.
Nick had a genius idea to install little can lights in the arches. I can’t take ANY credit for this idea… it was all him!
And then he wired them, along with the living room, dining room, and stairway lights to one hefty panel at the bottom of the stairs. Check out the electric schematics… looks pretty self-explanatory, right?
I’m totally kicking myself for not taking a night-time photo of the little arch-lights all lit up. It feels so fancy. I’ll post a pic of the lights to our Facebook page tonight if you’re interested. 🙂
UPDATE!!!! To my surprise… it got dark! And allowed me to take night-time pics!!
He drywalled everything in, all crisp-like. They make special 1/4” drywall especially for areas that are curvy… it’s thin enough that it bends, but remains stable once installed!
Nick rerouted the cold-air-return to the side of the ‘pillar’ so we could reclaim our walkway and not be tripping over vents and whathaveyou. There were some sparks involved.
Still on the agenda?
- Repair floor where wall used to be (which involves hunting down some wood that somewhat resembles our existing 112-year-old wood flooring).
- Mud, texture and paint pillar and arches.
- Remove popcorn texture on ceiling in both rooms, mud drywall, re-texture. (We’re hiring this out…. MESSY!).
Once this checklist is completed, we can finally put up crown molding as well as the little shelfy-thing above the board and batten, and I can finally paint the wall above it! I’ve been obsessing over THIS stencil, but haven’t made any final decisions yet. What say you?
Ah-kay, so there’s a full update on our crazy-slow-wall-removal-situation.
Although it’s taken a LOT longer than we thought it would (don’t these projects always?), we ABSOLUTELY LOVE how open and airy our downstairs feels. And we cringe when we see pictures of the rooms when they were divided by the wall. Soooo worth it!
Of course that’s easy for me to say, considering I’ve been a spectator all this time, but I’d bet my first-born Nick feels the same way.
I hope you’re feeling very informed about our home-renovation happenings. I’ll be so glad when it’s completed! Thanks for coming along for this wild ride! We love your encouragement and support!