The main living areas at our house are divided into two long rooms. A sunken living and dining room at the front and the den and kitchen at the back. My hubby likes carpet in the living areas (it's a comfort and noise thing). As we began planning this project we knew we wanted to install the same flooring in the kitchen and dining room.
We ended up installing a hand-hewn, wide-plank oak flooring that had been stained a dark chocolate brown. The shorter board lengths do a great job of making the long rooms of our sixties ranch feel more cozy.
Now for the ceiling…
Living in an older house has it's benefits and drawbacks. One of the positive things is the first-rate construction. That has been true of our house with one big exception. The drywall on our ceilings was originally hung with nails. Nails! Even I know that is a big no-no.
That tiny oversight, combined with the mountains of blown cellulose insulation (twenty bags of the stuff dropped to the floor once the old soffit above the cabinets was removed), had caused a slight warp in the drywall. While most people never noticed, it drove the hubby and I crazy.
We had talked about ripping out the existing ceilings and having new drywall hung but there were two huge drawbacks to that plan. First, was what to do with all that cellulose. Second, was the insane amount of dust that would result from drywalling an entire house.
I had the wood delivered and slapped a quick coat of BEHR Premium flat white ceiling paint on all eighty boards prior to installation. Our contractor cut the boards into 4, 6 and 8 foot lengths to ensure that the seams would be random.
More on the kitchen next week. Stay tuned!
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Part 1 - Demolition
Part 3 - The Cabinets
Part 4 - The Island
Part 5 - The Lighting
*** The opinions expressed are my own. The fine folks at Lumber Liquidators, True Value and Home Depot have no clue I exist. I purchased the flooring, spruce boards and paint with my own hard-earned cash and have not been compensated in any way for my review.