So, way back in March, I wrote a post about resolving the annoying bird problem by fixing my ceiling in my closet. I also hinted at my next big project.
Well, needless to say. I forgot about that promise to fill you in…and I am SURE you have been sitting on the edge of your seat since then!! I mean, who wouldn’t be???
This is where I left all y’all hanging. Truly. CLIFF HANGER.
Let me fill in the back story here a little bit.
This wall is in the craft room. It was built when they installed the upstairs furnace by some very creative and talented carpenters. When I moved into the house, I immediately wanted to remove it. It was very elaborate. It had a screen door installed to access the furnace “room” and a dropped ceiling. It was a true work of art and craftsmanship…as you’ll soon see!
However, before I got crazy, I did talk to a furnace guy.
He informed me that the only thing that might be up there would some of the duct work running to the attic.
So, the above picture was my trial run. Before just destroying the wall, I wanted to make I knew exactly what I was getting into!
Apparently, the only thing all of this “wall” was hiding was a massive amount of dirt and cobwebs!
This lame little map gives you a SLIGHTLY better idea of the design of this wall and how it affected the room. The bold line indicates the actually crappy wall.
You would never believe I was an art teacher based on the above image. Please don’t hold it against me! lol!
So, with the good news that there was nothing stopping my progress….bring it on!
Out came the sawzall, the shop vac, the drill, crowbars of various sizes….and pretty much anything else I deemed worthy of this demo!
This was the first big change and frankly my favorite! With this STUPID wall gone, the amount of natural light that now floods the hallway is amazing! You can really see the dropped ceiling in this picture and how “cave-like” it made the hall.
Now, it might be hard to tell in this grouping, these walls were built from rough OLD stock wood of some sort. There was a TON of wood used in this little wall, with not real rhyme or reason to it.
Little by little. Chunk by chunk. I managed to get 97.3% of it removed and carted outside to the burn pile (no small feat if you know my steps!!)
As with any project around my house, there are always surprises! I mean, what a perfect place for a hook…just missing the latch! How about those lag bolts??? I can’t lie, they might end up staying. They are securing that board into the wall of the house (which is solid brick) and as dad says, “If you take them out, the house might fall down.”
Plus, they would make for a great conversation piece for the rest of EVER!
So, as of today….this is how the room looks…
Ok, that’s also a total lie…it’s cleaner than that!
I do love the original ceiling color in this room! Although, it won’t be that color this next time around. Thank you again to $9.00 mistints….you’ll see hopefully before the end of the year what it will be!
I need to finish a SMALL amount of demo (hence the 97.3% reference above). Then rebuild enough to frame in a door for the furnace and WA-LAAAAA!!
Just look at all of the light and space I was able to add back to the room! It was well worth the demo!
Until next time.
Peace out peeps.