The Cover Up: DIY Exposed Beams

Do you guys remember one of the first projects Mom and I tackled? It was removing this guy.

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Is it just me or does this feel like yesterday and forever ago all at the same time? Crazy-town. Anyways, when we took the wall down we were left with a not so lovely gap and seam in the bead board ceiling. You can see it in the picture below.

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Seam + gaps in ceiling where the studs used to be = NOT CUTE!

As you may have noticed from our house tour the other day,  I kind of have a hoarding problem. Poor back porch never saw it coming.

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HOARDER. Party of 1.

We have been holding on to old 2x4s (from the original walls) to use in the living room for a while, like over nine months. A few weeks ago, we FINALLY dug them out of our my giant must-save-all-the-things -pile and put them to use.

Originally, we were wanting to create a grid pattern with the old 2x4s, similar to coffered ceiling only more rustic. You can see an example here. We ended up changing our minds about the pattern mid process, but here is how we got started.

We started by ripping all of the 2x4s down in half so they became 1x4s. These pictures below probably make more sense. Here is the cut side (thank you table saw):

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Here is the side we used as the “exposed beam.”

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First, we figured out how much material we were going to need. Our living room and entry area is roughly 16′ x 32′ and most of the salvaged material was between 7 and 8 feet in length. With a little quick math, we figured out the perimeter of the room + 5 beams across  = 176 feet. We started by cutting 11 boards in half, creating 22 pieces of “beam.”

Then, Ryan and I started by working our way around the perimeter of the living room and entry area with the freshly cut pieces. Not only we were trying to cover up the seam between the two original rooms, but there were pretty significant gaps between the wall and ceiling in some areas as well.

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The gap has been hidden by wallpaper for 40+ years I guess! Thankfully the 1 x 4 material covered all of those gaps. Hurray!! We worked our way around the room covering the gaps with the old (now 1×4) lumber. To secure the material to the bead board ceiling, we used a 16 gauge nail gun, securing it with a nail every three to four inches. If your ceiling is finished with drywall, I would encourage you to find a stud to secure the “beam” to. This is an easy two person task and the material isn’t heavy (always something to think about when hoisting it above your head). Easy DIY project!

Ladies, you can totally rock this project out!! No massive amount of muscle required 🙂

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We did have to play with the material some. Seeing that the material we were using consisted of 100+ old 2x4s, some of them were just a LITTLE wonky (meaning it looked like the big dipper).  With that said, we did have to do a little bit of finagling with the material, so some 180 degree turning and puzzle piecing of material had to take place, but over all the task was pretty easy. I would hold up one and and Ryan would hold up the other. If the 1×4 was flush with the wall, we would nail it in place and move on to the next piece, cutting lengths if need be.

Once we completed the perimeter, we moved in to the perpendicular beams. We used the seam between the two rooms as the starting point for our measurements.

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Boom! Seam and gaps covered. Yay!! With a little quick math, we were able to figure out the spacing for each beam. Thankfully each room was the same size. Whew! Be sure to measure, guys. You can never trust 100 year old houses. Ever. Trust me. I have learned this the hard way more than once, like 574 times.

We opted to to create three rectangles per room, with 42″ being our center mark for each beam.

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Instead of trying to actually lay it out on the ceiling, we just kept the tape measure on the floor and eye balled it. The eye ball method worked just fine for us!

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We worked our way from the front of room to the back. Overall, the project took about 3 to 4 hours, so it is an easy afternoon project if you are just working on one room.

Once we finished all the beams in one direction, we decided to call it quiets just because we loved the look! We really love the way the ceiling turned out, both the bead board and the more rustic -almost-exposed-beams. I also like knowing that we re-used something original! Another big bonus is the fact this entire project was FREE! All of the material and supplies we already owned. Re-purposing for the win!

This look could easily be created using other old or new material. You could even stain new 2x4s to coordinate with your room. Maybe even just them painted white or a really fun color? I would love to hear your ideas, too! Ceilings are one of the places that are often over looked when designing space, but they add so much depth and texture to a room. Don’t ignore your ceilings! Consider this my brief Support Ceiling Rights campaign!! Ha. Ceilings deserve some love, too.

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We are still trying to figure out what kind of ceiling treatment to do in the dining room. It is a little tricky trying to tie in dining room, kitchen and bottom of the staircase. Still on the planning deck with that one. We have some other ideas for our 2×4 lumber, so we’ll see what happens next!

What are you guys up to this weekend? Ryan and I have spent the morning working in the yard and getting our fall vegetable garden going. We are super excited about taking a stab at a garden! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

Brittney

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Around the house lately

Happy Monday, folks! Sorry for the silence last week. We spent the weekend in Kentucky visiting Ryan’s family and the week just got away from me. Happens to the best of us, right? We are also slowly but surely learning how to rest again. I have spent the last few weeks reading through The Joy of Cooking…

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and Ryan has picked up his guitar again.

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Ryan and I are SLOWLY priming trim. Just priming. Paint might not happen until 2015 at the rate we are going. Priming and painting trim is painful! *insert hand cramp and soft cries here*

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We still have half of the windows and doors downstairs to finish. I will just use my paint brush to wipe my tears. At least I find comfort in knowing I am not alone. Young House Love has been painting trim as well.

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I also managed to knock out grouting the kitchen tile AND painting window trim in the kitchen over the holiday weekend. Boom! You can see my tile-ninja skills up close and personal here.

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Painting the window above the sink made such a huge difference! I love the contrast of the dark trim against the white subway tile and white cabinets. Happy. Happy. Happy.

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I still have one more window and one more window grill to paint, but I am actually eager to paint it unlike the living room trim. Eager to paint trim? Can that actually happen?

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Side note – Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my island, guys? Like, I pet it when I walk by and feel the need to clean it constantly, which is very rare. Just ask my mother.

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Let’s jump to the living room. We did get some work done on the living room ceiling a few weeks ago! We needed a way to cover up a seam where an old wall used to be, so we came up with this solution. Here we are before we started: bead board in all of its wallpaper free glory!

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And here we are now: Bead board glorify amplified!

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We kept some of the old 2 x 4s from our house to use as wood “beams” in the entry and living room. Originally, we planned on doing a grid, but after putting up the “beams” in one direction, we decided to stop there.  I will be back with a more detailed post on the ceiling, and hopefully some better after pictures. I took these on my Iphone like 30 minutes ago. Bad blogger.

Lastly, Ryan and I hosted our first real dinner guest last week: my family.

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Paprika chicken with strawberry-spinach salad, fresh summer veggies and home-made bread. Dad even ate his vegetables. Winning!!! It was so nice being able to cook a meal for them in a clean, almost-finished home. We even had my grandma over while she was in town.

What have you guys been up to lately? Any summer projects going on? Anyone just really passionate about painting trim? If so, you are welcome here! 🙂

Peace.

Brittney

A week in photos (too tired to type)

Hey folks. Operation move in Memorial Weekend is under way, and we are working on the house as much as possible in order to make that happen. That means I spend all my time doing stuff and am too tired to blog about all of the progress! So you will have to forgive me and just enjoy progress through pictures. Let’s begin!

Ryan and I spent last Saturday putting up reclaimed wood on the accent wall in the kitchen.

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It required a little bit of cleaning…..

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Then Ryan trimmed out the kitchen wall and ceiling. I say Ryan because it was all him. I had nothing to contribute other than I wanted to use the reclaimed material.

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Last week we finally had the Cook’s contractor come back and put the downstairs bedroom back together.

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Ryan and my Dad put down hardwood in the bedroom last Saturday while I painted and touched up trim. Fun Fun. My mom and grandma worked on some landscaping.

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The most exciting news is the electricians were back this week installing light fixtures and finishing up their work.

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Ryan and I also spent Monday night finishing up sanding, priming and painting the ceilings. I think you will approve!

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The ceiling is Sherwin William’s Copian Blue and it is BEAUTIFUL. Well worth every hour of scraping wallpaper! The bead board still had plenty of character and looks 113 years old, but now it is clean and fresh! Exactly what I hoped it would look like. Brittney for the win!

Electricians are still working at the house and we are getting ready for CABINETS next week! EEKK!!!

Peace.

Brittney

Paint the Town White

Hey there! Hope you are all having a good week. I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who had something nice to say about the article, whether that was in person or on social media! We are excited to help draw GOOD publicity to West Huntsville. We LOVE Merrimack! I have thought about making a sign for my yard that says, “Hello! Won’t you be my neighbor? I bake cookies!” Haha. Would that make you want to move in? Brownies perhaps? Perhaps I just take the porta-potty out of the front yard? 🙂

Anyways, we have been working on painting the town house red white this past week! Some of that being actual paint and some being a coat of primer. I spent all of last week working on priming and painting the kitchen ceiling *insert shoulder groans here* while Ryan worked on getting the living room ceiling ready for PRIMER!

I was able to prime the whole kitchen ceiling with a 3″ brush two Saturdays ago. Last week I moved on to actual paint!

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For the ceiling and the cabinets we are going with Sherwin Williams Pure White. It is PRETTY, and very, very white, with almost a blue/gray undertone. It works really well with the flooring we will be putting down. You can see that here.

Since the ceiling is bead board, a brush works better than a roller. A paint sprayer would work well too, but the only paint sprayer we had at the time was a gravity feed and it didn’t work so well above my head. Stupid gravity! That left me with brushing the entire coat of primer and paint by hand.

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After another couple of two-hour shifts (and a shoulder rub from Ryan), I had the entire ceiling painted. I cannot tell you how nice it is to have something WHITE and bright and clean in the house!

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While I was climbing up and down a ladder 1,3i3,592 times, Ryan tackled the last of the wallpaper in the living room.

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Did you catch that key word there? LAST!!! Wahoo!!

Then, he started sanding the ceilings. *Insert happy dancer*

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So this tool we borrowed from a friend is AWESOME! Thank you Stephanie and Eric for saving my shoulders a week’s worth of sanding. I think it is actually designed to be used for finishing drywall, but it worked perfect for sanding the last of the glue and gunk off of the ceiling. Ryan was able to sand the entire living room area in less than an hour and a half, AND the sander attaches to a shop vac so you don’t have tons of dust anywhere. Woot woot!!

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The ceilings looked so CLEAN with all of the gunk gone. While the sander worked well on the ceiling, the walls are a different story. I had to sand those suckers by hand. Say hello to thing 1 and thing 2.

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I used a course sanding block and a fine sanding block to prep the walls for paint. My goal was not to remove the paint, but remove the rest of the glue and gunk and dirt. If you ever want an arm work out, just sand walls by hand. Works like a charm!

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With the ceilings and walls gunk free, time for primer! Again, we have awesome friends with awesome tools. We borrowed a serious paint sprayer from a friend and immediately fell in love with it.

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About an hour later, Ryan had the entire room (walls and ceilings) complete.

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Dude. The walls are no longer seven colors!

Can I get a virtual high five please??

Peace.

Brittney

Priming Party: Success!

Hey strangers! Long time, no talk (type? read? I’m not really sure?). I hope you had a nice weekend. I spent mine in Auburn, Alabama celebrating my childhood friend’s wedding. It was strange to not work on the house for three days straight!

You may remember my priming party announcement from two weeks ago. I can tell you that our priming party on Saturday was a success! We were able to put a coat of primer on over 90% of the dry wall. We owe a big THANK YOU to our family, friends, and neighbors for pitching in. I wasn’t lying when I said my grandpa was coming!

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My cousin Tyler also came and pitched in. Tall people are so handy!

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Now, award goes to my cousin Liz for longest distance traveled to come help. She came over from the Atlanta area to pitch in!

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Poor woman got put on cleaned duty. WARNING – if you offer to help I will accept it, and I cannot promise it will be fun!!!!!

My Mom and Dad also came and pitched in because they are awesome!

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Mom is going to love that one! 🙂 Here is a quick tour of the fabulous first floor all primed and pretty. Here we are looking into the living room (future mantle, built-ins, and door into downstairs bedroom).

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Here we are looking from the living room towards the front door (future study nook/desk area)

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Here we are looking from the living room into the dining room. Primer_diining-room

I know. You’re jealous. My primed drywall is soooo preeeettttttyyyy. I just stare at it. I almost dusted it the other day, but I controlled myself.

Ryan and I spent part of last week starting to patch in bead board around the stairs and the dining room ceiling. That also means I had to break out the steamer and scrape wallpaper again. *Sigh*

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I can tell you that scraping wallpaper is MUCH easier on the ground that above your head. Everything is more difficult when you have to do it on a ladder and above your head. Here is a reminder about what our dining room ceiling looks like as of last week.

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After a few evenings of working on it, the dining room now has an entire ceiling and kind of looks like a rainbow.

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We were even talented enough to put the board back in the correct order, based on the patch of missing paint. I wish I could say we planned that, but it was a happy accident. Now I just have to clean, sand, and prime that sucker. Fun…

Ryan and I are working on prepping and priming bead board and tongue and grove walls for paint this week. I will have more details on that later. That’s one the big things to do before the electricians can come. What are you guys up to this week? Anyone have paint tips for bead board or wood planks? Drywall? Do you have a favorite type of paint?

Peace.

Brittney

Kitchen Ceiling Update (aka Proof our friends rock)

I mentioned earlier this week that the structural beams in our kitchen are in place thanks to help of some of our friends. Well, when the guys installed the beams nice and level we realized just how much the roof has sagged over time.

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Notice those small blocks above the beam? The ones that get progressively longer from one side to the other? Those are to accommodate the sagging. It was noticeable before, but you slap up a level beam and BAM! Holy-crooked-moley-batman!

Our friends suggested framing up a new false ceiling (lower than the current room but still vaulted) so we when we finished the ceiling with sheet rock or bead board we would have a nice level, even surface. Thankfully our friends also offered to come back the next Saturday to make that happen! So grateful. Honestly, my first thought after they pitched the idea of a false ceiling was, “Well crap, Ryan is going to have to figure out how to do that all by himself because I can’t help on a ladder. I’m sure it would look better, but Ryan is going to hate me.” Ha. What a relief when Ryan said they were offering to come back again and help. Whew. Ryan doesn’t hate me! 🙂

Here is our new “false” kitchen ceiling in all its glory.

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Please forgive the night-time, Iphone photos.

You know what is not glorious? A leaky roof…and we have one.

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Thank you, Mom, for giving me Granny’s giant bucket/pail/thingy-bob. It makes for a great rain catcher when the roof leaks. The good thing about still having all the walls and ceilings open while it rains for five straight days is that you can easily spot the leaks! We have a roofer coming out tomorrow to take a look.

With the kitchen ceiling done, we have officially completed our list for the building inspector, and we are hoping to have her back out tomorrow! We will keep you posted.

I also have updates on some window drama to share. For those of you who live in Alabama, are you as sick of this weather as I am? Blah! I think I am forgetting what the sun looks like… Thanks for stopping by and reading! What have you guys been up to lately?

Peace.

Brittney

Stair Update: Done(ish)

So the stairs are not done-done, but they are done enough that our building inspector can come back and check our work. That qualifies as done-ish, right? I’d say so!

Ryan and I spent last week working on providing proper head clearance for the stairs. Step  one was removing the tongue and grove planks.

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With the tongue and groove planks gone and the hardwood taken up from the closet, we were able to see exactly what we were working with. After taking measurements we figured out we only needed to notch the stairs 12″ toward the kitchen to have head clearance. Once we had a plan, we put in place temporary wall supports to carry the load while we did the demo/removing-part-of-the-closet-floor-and-support part.

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With temporary support in place (we used 2×6’s just because we had extra, you could use 2x4s), we removed part of the floor joist and replaced support where necessary. Here is a peek from under the stairs with the floor joists trimmed and new support in place.

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From this view, you can see where we notched the closet inward.

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From the top of the stairs, you can’t barely see a difference, but it is pretty noticeable when walking down the stairs. It is a amazing how much difference 12 inches makes!

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With that part done, we headed upstairs to close up the area in the closet. It almost feels like having a tiny bench in the closet. Sorry I have no picture from the closet, only from downstairs.

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Of course, Bella supervised us the entire time….

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We secured everything with joist hangers and brackets. It was probably over kill, but we would rather go ahead and go a little over board instead of having our building inspector point things out to us.

Another few things our building inspector will hopefully be excited about…

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New beams in the kitchen! Unlike the first round of beams, these are actually structural and will help keep our kitchen ceiling from gradually sagging (more, it already sags).  Wahoo! We are very lucky to have some pretty awesome friends who were willing to help with this task. I am useless on ladder and these suckers were H-E-A-V-Y! Thank you John, Wayne, Ron, and Steven for your help! I could not have held those above my head!!

For those wondering, my rustic beams will be going back up, but there is more work to do before that happens. Again, we have awesome friends willing to help! In fact, they were working on it this past Saturday, too. I will share progress soon! We have the best friends ever.

Peace.

Brittney

Frankly, I don’t have a lot of info about the beam raising progress but I get nervous just seeing people on ladders, even more so when they are holding heavy things! I just stayed out of the way. I didn’t even snap a picture! Blogger fail.

Holiday Fun: Christmas, Kitchen Beams, and Inspections

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of family, friends, food and fun! I hope Santa was nice to you as well 🙂

Holidays_saffellsWe were both blessed to be able to have time off work to hang out with friends and family. We were also blessed to get a butt-load of Lowe’s gift cards, house related gifts, and some other fun goodies! Ryan thought it would be funny to wrap my gifts in house-wrap this year.

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Tori and Bella enjoyed have some extra nap and cuddle time as well.

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They have a rough life, can’t you tell? Now, something pretty much as exciting as Christmas: Beams in the Kitchen! We spent the Saturday before Christmas working on beams. You can see my inspiration for vaulting the ceiling here. Ryan and I have been saving some of our salvaged lumber for this project and were very ready to get it off the floor, out of one of our numerous piles, and up to the ceiling. Here is our final before shot!

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We started the process by deciding what height we wanted to mount the beams, which ended up being the highest spot we could reach while standing semi-safely on the ladder. Have I mentioned I don’t like being on ladders? Like, AT ALL?! I prefer to be safely planted on the ground or on a small step stool. Beyond that is outside of my comfort zone. Thankfully Dad was around that Saturday, so he took my spot on the ladder and I got to eye-ball for level! Hurray!

We had just enough old 2 x 4 lumber long enough to install beams (each beam being two 2 x 4s) on three of the six rafters. Ryan then went about determining the angle of the rafters so we could cut the end of the beams accordingly. With our angle determined, we used the miter saw to make our cut.

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Because of the angle, the miter saw would not cut through the entire piece  of wood, so we just finished off the cut with a circular saw. We made the same cut on the other end of the lumber, and ta-da!

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It’s a hot look, I know. It was cold that day, if you couldn’t tell from my apparel. With the beam ready to go up, I handed it off to Dad and Ryan to put up.

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We used a level to make sure it was nice and straight. Sorry, no photo! The old 2 x 4s aren’t terribly heavy, but anytime you are holding something over your head it gets heavy fast! Ryan simply propped the level on top of the beam for me to read from below. With the beam level, they secured the beam with our framing nailer. We love our nail gun!

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Actually that is just a hammer. Not our beloved nail gun, but the nail gun did get a work out that day! I think Dad even wants one now.

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We decided to double up each 2 x 4 to create a “beefier” look. Beefier is totally a design term, right? 😉 We put the second 2 x 4 right next to first beam, nailed into the rafter and the beam so it was well supported. Wa-La!

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The first and second beam – CHECK! Who needs Christmas presents when you have rustic beams installed in your kitchen?! Not me. Santa can come every year and just bring me some really cool, rustic beams! Haha. We were able to get up all three beams in one afternoon. For anyone wanting to add beams, it is a three person job: Two to hold and one to hand up tools and supplies/check for level.

We also took care of installing a new door knob and an actual dead bolt on the front door. None of our exterior doors when we bought the house had actual dead bolts! Scary, right?!

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We decided to stick with door knobs instead of handle because 1) it is what was on the house when we bought it and all the original door hardware are knobs and 2) it is easier for little hands to open handles! With little people in our future (not right now – just to clarify- but one day, sorry Mom!) we decided that knobs would be better.

Now, let’s talk inspection. Here is where I kind of loose my Christmas cheer. As you may have read last week, we passed our HVAC, electrical, and gas inspection. The day after Christmas we passed our plumbing rough in inspection. Yay! Then, we had our building inspection the following Friday and we did NOT pass. *Womp womp* The building inspector inspects framing and the overall structure, and she gave us a list of things we need to do before moving on with finishing. We weren’t surprised by any means, just bummed. She just confirmed that we HAD to do a few things we weren’t exciting about spending time and money on…like redoing our entire set of stairs to bring them up to code.

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We knew they weren’t up to code from the get-go, but we were going to leave them be if we could, just to save time and money. Thankfully our gift cards we got from Christmas covered the bulk of the material we had to buy to make changes to the stairs and some other things! If you bought us a Lowe’s giftcard for Christmas, congratulations, you are helping us replace the stairs! 🙂

I will share later about the other things we have to do. I hope you all have a very Happy (and safe)  New Year! I will talk to you guys next year!

peace.

Brittney

House Progress: Whole lot of random updates!

A lot has happened this past month. HVAC is 95% done. Plumbing is 75% done. We even made a few plumbing related purchases.

Apparently you have to have bath tubs installed to pass the rough in inspection. Who knew?! (not us!) Our carpenter has also framed most of the master bathroom. Take a peak at our walk in shower.

It is LARGE and awesome…er….will be awesome….one day. Anywho, the back porch is complete DONE!

Like, done, DONE, done, yo. Staining it will have to wait until the spring, but we are happy to have it completed for now. True story – as soon as the back porch was finished, we started moving stuff from the inside to the outside. Our game feels like a constant game of shuffle board sometimes! We have piles of lumbar, scraps, and salvage materials everywhere. While moving supplies from inside to outside we found more…

Vinyl in the dining room. Bummer! I almost forgot I had more to scrape! I am also now able to scrape the rest of the wallpaper in the bedroom downstairs. Oh, joy!

I realized after about 10 minutes of scraping wallpaper that I had lost all of my hard earned scraping muscles! Not cool. My muscles screamed even more when I started scraping the final section of the dining room ceiling wallpaper.

All done! With daylight at a premium now with day light savings (which I HATE by the way, HATE!) we have started scalloping the fence. It looks great!

Isn’t Ryan doing a great job? I give credit to Ryan because all I am doing is tracing the curve while he is doing all of the actual sawing and cutting. Props go to Ryan. We also put up some really awesome porch railings….

Classy, right? Oh yes. Actually, we do have real gates, just not at the porch yet 🙂

You know what is classier than our fancy gate? The new spot for our old refrigerator.

Why, yes, that is a refrigerator in our yard. We moved it out of our small shed to make room for Ryan’s tool chest we finally got out of storage. The fridge has now joined two large piles of scraps, a toilet, chain link fence remnants, and an abundance of leaves. I am expecting that yard of the month sign any day now!

While we are on the subject of kitchen appliances, we made one of our first fun purchases: a new range! We took advantage of a Veteran’s Day sale at Lowe’s to snag our new gas stove.

One thing I haven’t probably told you during our remodeling adventure is that ALL of our exterior doors are only 30″ – 32″ wide. The standard for exterior doors now is 36″ wide, so you can fit things, like..um…stoves through them. Do you see where this is going?

The box is 29 1/2″ wide. Our door way is 30″ wide. It WILL fit. Ryan just had to remove the screen door.

Hold our breath…

and TA-DA, praise God from who all blessings flow, the range is in the building! Yay! *Insert huge sigh of relief from yours truly*

Lastly, we have made progress replacing the rotten floor joists in the pantry (what used to be the kitchen). The entire sub-floor and joist under the bathroom were rotten (image that?) so took on the task of replacing them.

Very quickly we realized the exterior of the bathroom/pantry wall and the exterior of the kitchen wall (what used to be an exterior wall) were no where close to level.

The floor is about 1 1/4″ out of level. Ryan will be talking to our carpenter about solutions this week, hopefully one that doesn’t involve a step into the pantry. We will see!

There you have it. A quick covering of what has been happening at our house. What you are guys up to? Can you BELIEVE Thanksgiving is next week? Crazy town!

Peace

Brittney

31 Days: Break for progress

Since we are about halfway through the series, I decided to continue with Friday’s theme and take a break (rest) from the series to give you some updates. Guess what? I have more than wallpaper to update you on. Woot woot!!!

Mom and Dad came out last weekend to give us a hand. Ryan put Dad on electrical duty, which consisted of pulling all of the old knob and tube wiring.

Dad even agreed to go under the house and pull the wiring there. Ryan was very excited Dad was willing to go under the house! Some spots of the crawl space are pretty spacious and easy to move around; however, some spots are pretty tiny, like “I am in no way shape or form going under the house unless someone is chasing me with a knife” kind of tiny.  Dad hopped through the hole in the porch creating A LOT of confusion for Bella and Tori.

Bella kept running back and forth between the living room (right above Dad) and the hole in porch. Dad caught on  and decided to ag it on. It was pretty hilarious! Poor confused puppy!

A little while later Dad reappeared from underneath the house looking a little dirty…

Ok, a lot dirty 🙂 Isn’t my Dad awesome?

With Dad on electrical duty, Ryan started working on sistering all of the joists in the kitchen. One joist had a good bit of water damage and the others were, well, OLD. Instead of being stiff and solid, they were more like trampolines.

Can you guess what I was doing?

Yea. Wallpaper. Only this is not like the other wallpaper on the ceiling. The dining room wallpaper came down pretty easy thanks to the steamer. This wallpaper you ask? Um. No. This wallpaper was made by the Devil himself to torment me. My guess is they painted one the of layers of wallpaper so the steam can’t penetrate the bottom two layers. In the time we scraped almost the entire dining room, we had only done an eight of the living room. *Womp womp*

Now, let’s fast forward to this weekend. Operation New Fence began!!

Step 1: Take down the chain-link fencing.

Step 2: Dig up posts.

Ryan and our friend John were able to take down all of the chain link fencing in about three hours. After lunch they started working on the posts. Ryan and John were able to muscle several of them out with just a few tugs. Some, however, required digging, muscle and even a tractor.

By 4 o’clock Saturday, all that was left was a few more posts.

In case you were wondering, the dogs were tied to their dog house and will be staying there during the fence project (except for at night when we take them home with us to the condo).

Please pray we and the dogs can survive without a fence for two weeks!!

While the boys were working on removing the fence, I started working on taking up some of the hardwood flooring in the back living room. We are hoping to re-install this flooring upstairs in one of the small bedrooms and refinish the hardwood underneath.

Well, what I hadn’t planned on doing was removing the small concrete pad in front of the fireplace….

I quickly realized the concrete was actually laying on a small portion of the wood, so when the wood came up, the concrete came up.

I tried to take up a few large pieces by myself, but quickly saw I was only butchering the wood while trying to pull it up by myself. It would have to wait until I had another set of hands…err…crowbar.

Ryan did get wood moved around for me so I could finish scraping the wallpaper in the back living room.

Scraping this was almost blissful after that demon wallpaper!! I was able to finish in about an hour.

I forgot to take a picture of the room COMPLETELY FREE OF WALLPAPER! Oops!

Last update – We got our building permit!

What did you guys do this weekend? Any takers on helping peel demon wallpaper??

Thanks for reading! Regular 31 day series will start back tomorrow! If you have advice to share for the series, I would love to hear it 🙂

Brittney