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12.13.11 / The Ceiling’s Up!

Handy Hubby has been on two business trips in the last two weeks and has yet another one coming up. {All three trips were last minute job requirements and have thrown quite the wrench into the renovation, figuratively speaking.} Needless to say, progress has been slow at the Underdog. My priority has been entertaining the kids in between working and growing a baby. Again, kudos to all the single moms out there. I’m doing it short-term and I can’t imagine how challenging it must be to do it day in and day out. Single moms in every form, you’re amazing.

HH did make it back for a two-day stint. Not that I saw him. He was busy working on the tongue and groove ceiling in the Underdog’s great room. With the help of some very selfless friends, he was able to finish up the other {kitchen} side of the vaulted ceiling.

HH cut 1″x8″ pine boards to line the skylight insets.

He still has to frame them out with a little trim.

We’re lovin’ the plank ceiling. And, yep, while the unfinished pine isn’t a bad look, we’re planning on priming and painting it white. We think the white will keep things bright and airy and not fight with the other wood finishes that will be in the great room {black and white cabinets, medium hued hardwoods, etc.}.

Looking up at the ceiling, it almost seems as if you’re looking at a pine floor…if it weren’t for the ridge beam breaking things up. In fact, installing the tongue and groove on the ceiling was much like installing it on a floor – except HH was doing a lot of looking up instead of looking down.

The room as a whole is starting to shape up. In fact, it’s looking more new than old, so that feels good even though progress is stagnant.

Don’t mind the white on the brick fireplace surround. That’s just my natural home remedy for removing soot from the brick before we prime and paint it. It’s a baking powder + dish soap paste {I’m trying to avoid chemicals if possible} and I think it’s been up for 3 weeks now because I haven’t had a kid-free moment to scrape and rinse it off. Oh, life.

Everett loves ‘working’ on the Underdog. Basically, that consists of him walking around with a toy hammer and pounding on random surfaces. He likes to wear his black winter gloves while he does it because they get all dusty…proof that he’s been ‘working.’ Five minutes later, he’s done.

Here’s the newest view looking from the mudroom/dining room into the great room. And to think that it used to look like this…

Slow and steady wins the race, right?

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

39 Comments

13.December.2011

Looks great, Dana…so impressive!

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13.December.2011

Wow, it looks amazing. So exciting to see some progress! Keep us updated! :)

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13.December.2011

It looks amazing and everything is coming along wonderfully! To think that a year from now there will be holiday decorations on that mantel…and only a few months ago there was that horrendous shag carpeting! My how time flies…. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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13.December.2011

I stumbled upon your site a week ago and haven’t stopped checking it daily for your latest posts. I LOVE your style and philosophy on life and houses! The Underdog is coming along so nicely and love the updates on it’s progress. Keep ‘em coming! I recently got married and we’re looking to purchase a home within the next year, because of your blog my eyes have been opened to new ideas and options for us!

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13.December.2011

It looks really great! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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13.December.2011

The ceiling looks great!! It’s going to be just beautiful once you’ve painted it. Love the progress!

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13.December.2011

I love any glimpse of the underdog that we get! Hope you and the boys are holding things down while HH is out of town – I know that can’t really be fun for any of y’all.

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13.December.2011

ok, random question: does the baking soda+dishsoap recipe really work on removing soot from a brick fireplace?

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replied on December 14th, 2011

Nichole – I found that soot-removing recipe online and haven’t tried it before. We’ll see if it works and I’ll let you know! I just need it to clean up the brick enough so that it can be primed/painted.

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13.December.2011

I love the ceiling…it is beautiful. It {the whole house} is going to look fabulous when all done! You have great ideas.

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14.December.2011

Good job ! It looks great ! Keep working … and dreaming !!
Take care.

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14.December.2011

the ceiling is absolutely gorgeous! It makes me want to scrape the popcorn off my living room ceiling and cover it with beadboard. hmm… could I get away with not scraping the ceiling first?

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14.December.2011

I adore the ceiling – it looks wonderful. I’m so excited at how things are coming together…it’s going to look so amazing!

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14.December.2011

Nice! It may seem slow to you, but I’m still impressed with how fast it is going considering how much you are doing yourselves, while working and taking care of kids :-)

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14.December.2011

I agree… the ceiling is AMAAAAAAAZING! I can’t wait to see it painted!

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Can’t wait to see it painted!!

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14.December.2011

I am in love with the ceiling!

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14.December.2011

I can’t wait to see it painted, it’s going to look amazing! Slow and steady definitely wins the race – I know it must be so hard to have things on hold, but hang in there! It will all happen in good time :)

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14.December.2011

Dana it looks amazing! It makes the home so modern/rustic, which I love! Wonderful choice!

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14.December.2011

I looks AMAZING!! Congratulations!

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14.December.2011

I’m sure it seems like a slow process to you but it has seemed pretty quick to me! Y’alls dedication and ability to stay on track is amazing. The house looks amazing too! So excited to see everything come together :)

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14.December.2011

Wow! If your nesting instinct has kicked in this must be driving you CRAZY!!!! It looks great though! Can’t wait to see more

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14.December.2011

So exciting!!! It looks great – I love it! :-) You’ll get there!

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14.December.2011

Slow and steady definitely does win the race! Isn’t it so wonderful when your “old” house starts looking “new”?!?! Our house just turned the corner…and with every day, we are getting closer and closer to moving in! Up next…our floors! :)

http://retroranchrenovation.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-developments.html

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replied on December 14th, 2011

Gabbi – Your home is looking amazing! Great work! Congrats on getting there.

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14.December.2011

It looks SO good! Yall are doing a great job!

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14.December.2011

Your house is looking fabulous!

Pretty soon, you’re going to have to stop calling it Underdog and start calling it Wonderdog!

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14.December.2011

Hi Dana. I am so happy for your progress! Do you have any good DIY holiday gift ideas?

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14.December.2011

Yay white! I’m glad you’re painting the ceiling — I think it will look great.

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I think when they are painted white they will go great with the decor you’ve been posting about! Just make sure to use the right products to cover those knots of sap or you’ll have brown spots all over your ceiling. Clear pine is nice too but doesn’t fit into everyone’s design aesthetic. Plus I think painted would be better for resale value.

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14.December.2011

LOVE the before and after pic! What a change!
I gotta find myself a HH :)

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14.December.2011

Ceiling looks amazing!

I’m married with kids and a hubby who travels and I, too, have the utmost respect for single moms! I have a friend who’s a ped ER doc who says that he used to judge single moms harshly and then later realized how much respect they deserve…they were the parent who stayed around.

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14.December.2011

Wow, that ceiling looks awesome.

You are amazing, when I was pregnant with my third, I was so tired by 5pm I would get upset if my husband was late getting home from work. Never mind a business trip!

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15.December.2011

You are going to have an awesome house! We re in a boring builder box and am completely envious. Of course I know its a lot of work in every way. Hang in there mama!

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15.December.2011

The ceiling looks amazing. I can’t wait to see it painted!

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16.December.2011

WOW!! It is looking SO good. I’m so excited for you guys. Everett is so cute, haha. He sounds like my little guy- except mine only works for about 20 seconds. He’s two though, so that explains it. Love the way the tongue and groove looks though- it’s going to be beautiful painted!

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It looks really good…It has to be really exciting to finally see such a difference!!!

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19.December.2011

This is your cousin Sarah LOL! Are you sure you want to paint the wood ceiling? I think you should leave it the way it is or stain it another color. Even though my mom and dad’s house is a little more country remember their ceiling? It looks really good with just the wood. No paint is my vote….

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26.November.2013

[…] we chose to install horizontal tongue and groove planks. They are the same planks we used on the vaulted ceiling. {For locals, we bought the pine tongue and groove at Home Emporium in Cincinnati.} We debated […]




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