Our house is old. Our house is large. I love our house. At any given time, due to PD’s illness, there are a dozen or so unfinished projects either in progress or on hold at various locations in the house. One of those particular projects is one we’ve been putting off, mostly because of the huge amount of inconvenience that would ensue, coupled with the amount of work involved.
At some point in time, a previous owner decided that it would be a good idea to put a dropped ceiling in the kitchen. Which was, I’m sure, a decision made considering that a) the cost to heat a large home with high ceilings can cause one to reel, and b) it’s a great way to hide a lot of holes in one’s ceiling. The second, being the end result of having a bathroom situated directly above the kitchen and all the plumbing problems that can result in an old house. To say that there are a lot of holes in our kitchen ceiling would be a gross understatement. The times that we have had to resort to using said holes to reach pipes, wiring, etc. could make a Guinness record… And popping out a panel in a dropped ceiling, doing the dirty work and popping the panel back in was a great way to “hide” evidence.
The thing is, that with your daily kitchen goings-ons, over time the ceiling can get yellowed and not-so-pretty. A couple of years ago it was time to take the panels down and either clean them, paint them or replace them. That never happened. Now that PD seems to be enjoying a sort of temporary (but hopefully longer) alleviation of symptoms and is hell-bent on catching up on every single neglected chore from the past 4 or so years, the kitchen ceiling project was next on the list. Had I paid closer attention to the list, I would not have been so surprised to come home from work one day last week to find the thing removed.
You can’t imagine how cool and different the kitchen looks. In fact, we’ve pretty much decided to toss the old suspension thing and repair the old original ceiling. It’s going to take a lot of work and some creativity, to be sure but I think the end result will be great. I’m always one for restoring original character in a house. It killed me to get rid of my old pedestal bathtub and sink when we redid my bathroom. I lost that battle. Ah, well.
So the mood I feel in the kitchen now is hard to explain. I kind of have this old general store look going on and the high ceiling seems to work with it. I have one “brick” wall, lots of old tin advertisement signs and white walls with a black-and-white check motif here and there. We’ve got a black ceiling fan to put up when the work is done and we’re working on taking the wood cabinets down and stripping them and painting them white. I’d wanted to put glass in the doors but Poopy pooh-poohed that idea. I wanted to put chicken wire behind the glass.
Anyway, this post has run on way longer than I’d intended and I’m already behind on today’s major project which started yesterday with the power-washing, scraping and patching of the foundation of the house and the front of the front porch. You can’t believe the mess. Or how sore I was when I got out of bed this morning. Or how glad I will be when we get this finished. 🙂