Ceilings younganddomestic

Ceilings younganddomestic

The Cover Up: DIY Exposed Beams

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

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.

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.

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):

Here is the side we used as the exposed beam.

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.

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 14) 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 isnt 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 :)

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 14 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.

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.

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!

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. Dont ignore your ceilings! Consider this my brief Support Ceiling Rights campaign. Ha. Ceilings deserve some love, too.

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 24 lumber, so well 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

Around the house lately

Happy Monday, folks! Sorry for the silence last week. We spent the weekend in Kentucky visiting Ryans 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

and Ryan has picked up his guitar again.

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*

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.

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 .

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.

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?

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.

Lets 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!

And here we are now: Bead board glorify amplified!

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.

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. Lets begin!

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

It required a little bit of cleaning..

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.

Last week we finally had the Cooks contractor come back and put the downstairs bedroom back together.

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.

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

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

The ceiling is Sherwin Williams 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! Wont 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!

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 didnt work so well above my head. Stupid gravity! That left me with brushing the entire coat of primer and paint by hand.

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!

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

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

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

So this tool we borrowed from a friend is AWESOME! Thank you Stephanie and Eric for saving my shoulders a weeks 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 dont have tons of dust anywhere. Woot woot!!

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.

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!

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.

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

Dude. The walls are no longer seven colors!

The Cover Up: DIY Exposed Beams

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

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.

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.

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):

Here is the side we used as the exposed beam.

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.

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 14) 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 isnt 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 :)

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 14 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.

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.

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!

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. Dont ignore your ceilings! Consider this my brief Support Ceiling Rights campaign. Ha. Ceilings deserve some love, too.

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 24 lumber, so well 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 :)

Ceilings younganddomestic

Brittney

Around the house lately

Happy Monday, folks! Sorry for the silence last week. We spent the weekend in Kentucky visiting Ryans 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

and Ryan has picked up his guitar again.

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*

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.

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 .

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.

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?

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.

Lets 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!

And here we are now: Bead board glorify amplified!

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.

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. Lets begin!

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

It required a little bit of cleaning..

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.

Last week we finally had the Cooks contractor come back and put the downstairs bedroom back together.

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.

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

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

The ceiling is Sherwin Williams 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! Wont 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!

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 didnt work so well above my head. Stupid gravity! That left me with brushing the entire coat of primer and paint by hand.

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!

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

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

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

So this tool we borrowed from a friend is AWESOME! Thank you Stephanie and Eric for saving my shoulders a weeks 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 dont have tons of dust anywhere. Woot woot!!

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.

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!

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.

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

Dude. The walls are no longer seven colors!


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