I’m not sure about you guys, but it was a BUSY weekend around these parts. We spent Saturday goofing around at Canada’s Wonderland (my favorite place on earth between the ages of 7-12; seriously, I used to sleep in my clothes the night before). We ate a ton of junk food, rode all of the roller coasters, and enjoyed a full day of beautiful sunshine. The only thing that was missing was my florescent pink fanny-pack; essential theme park wear from the ’90s.

Sunday, we got back to business. Our pre-renovation checklist is pretty substantial, but getting all of this stuff done early will help us maximize our vacation time in June, allowing us to focus on the rebuilding part of the reno. So, item number one on the list has the kitchen looking like this:

Kitchen Ceiling Demo

With all of our kitchen stuff piled in the dining room and the entire kitchen is wrapped in plastic sheeting, Jeff put on his manliest boots and got to work tearing out the kitchen ceiling. Don’t worry; Ohia didn’t stick around. He cowered on the porch while the sky was falling. While wrecking stuff is definitely kind of fun, the whole reason for this mess is so that we can expose the bathroom plumbing, and have tradesmen over to give us quotes. Plus, the ceiling didn’t have much going for it anyway. We had a drop ceiling (with several patched tiles) covering a crumbling plaster ceiling that was full of holes. It was awful. So, rest assured there is no love lost in seeing it go.

ceiling drop

Here is our deceitful, cheap drop ceiling, masquerading as a normal, cheap drop ceiling. See the weird looking tile corner in the top right? That’s where we pulled a few tiles down last April when the bathtub started leaking. Behind them we found this:

ceiling plaster

Those gaping holes were how the previous owners accessed the pipes to patch the leaky bathtub plumbing (and how we re-patched it in April 2012). This picture is after Jeff pulled down the drop ceiling tiles, leaving just the strapping (attached with ridonkulously long nails) and the crumbling plaster. So pretty, right?

Removed Plaster Ceiling

As you can see, we’re about 85% done with the ceiling demo right now. The current challenge is the space above the cabinets. In order to finish removing the plaster and to give us room to re-drywall the ceiling (after the reno), we need to remove the top trim on our cabinets. So that’s the plan for tonight: remove the trim and finish ripping out the lath and plaster. Hopefully we’ll be able to invite some men over this weekend for the old hammer and nail (2:20) aka plumbing quotes.

So… that is where things stand right now. It’s messy and the house looks like a bomb went off (#hardknocklife #roughingit). People are not joking when they say that removing plaster is tremendously dusty/dirty work. But, it’s also pretty exciting to see things starting to happen. The pre-list list is starting to shrink:

  • Remove the kitchen ceiling
  • Get plumbing quotes
  • Relocate attic insulation from over the bathroom area
  • Install the backend of the new exhaust fan
  • Remove, strip, and refinish trim window/door
  • Order all supplies/products
  • Gut the bathroom!

Stay tuned for more demo updates and keep an eye on our Instagram as we’ll be posting lots of reno photos there; mostly because I am terrible at real photography. Have a wonderful week!


Oh ya! It’s draw day today! The randomizer pulled up lucky number 2 this morning meaning that Dani from Life Over Easy is the winner of the Chapters Indigo gift card. Whoo hoo! Dani, I’ll be shooting you an email to get your address details shortly.

21 thoughts on “Meta Ceilings and Messy Floors

  1. Anne@DesignDreams

    OMG I was in the exact same place 2 1/2 years ago. That’s when I began gutting my bathroom by myself. It’s taken me this long but as of this past weekend, I’m on finishing touches and it is DONE.

    Good luck, have fun, don’t let it get you down during the process. I learned a ton and I’m glad I did, but I never want to do it again LOL.

    Love your sweet pup too.

    Cheers!

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      LOL! 2.5 years!! I just had a heart-attack! Hopefully we can wrap it up (or at least make it functional before than. :) Your bathroom turned out so well, by the way. Hopefully we can follow your lead.

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      Thanks Donna! More demo to come in a few weeks, but starting to buy all of the bathroom supplies this month. Fingers crossed we’ll be ready for June 10th!

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      Trying to be organized, but we’ll have to wait and see if it pays off in the end. I might just be driving myself (and Jeff!) crazy for nothing. Hopefully not!

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      Just to get the ceiling fully removed, feels like a step accomplished. There are still 100 steps to go, but we’re all about celebrating the little things ;)

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  2. Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

    Brilliant! I’m actually slapping myself on the forehead! Tape up the room as to not have the whole house be in a mess! Wow when you guys demo you mean business! I can’t wait to see this story unfold! Hats off girl and remember wine! ;)

    ~Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      Lol! The only wall in the room we didn’t tape is a distinctively greyer tone than the bits we did seal off. It made a huge difference. We also put a tarp on the floor, which made ongoing plaster clean-up a LOT easier.

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  3. Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    I love the comment about your dog thinking the sky was falling….my dog would be losing his mind if we actually started demo-ing. Looks like you have A LOT of work ahead of you, but I bet it’s going to look great when it’s done!

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      Thanks Kelly. Ya, I feel a bit bad for him. But, he’s a tough cookie who doesn’t hold any grudges. I imagine lots of yard lounging around the start of June.

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  4. Reay

    I love how the boob light has remained! With all of my renos I have usally ended up with a sketchy wire coming ouf of jerry rigged box, with a half painted over light bulb.

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    1. Tia Lougas Post author

      LOL. If I can strip this house of all of it’s boob lights, I will have served my purpose on earth. But… this one will have to wait until I get around to sheet rocking the ceiling. Knock on wood, I haven’t found any overly sketchy wiring just yet.

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