Baby It’s Cold… Inside!

26 Oct

I’m freezing. Yes, I’m in the house sitting at my desk but my hands are numb and I think frost bite must be setting in….

All joking aside not having insulation in the living room is not ideal. Last weekend we successfully cut the HVAC vents to the closed in garage so that we can eventually use it for it’s intended purpose of housing our cars. We rerouted two of the four vents to the sunroom. It wasn’t vented when we bought the house and I’m looking forward to keeping the french doors open. We moved the existing vents out of the middle of the ceiling and to a much better suited area close to the walls. All we have left to do is:

  • Wire the switches for the outside porch lights, fireplace lights, and living room lights
  • Route cable to the living room wall where the TV will live
  • Jack up and add some support to a few sagging joists
  • Install insulation

Notice I didn’t mention add drywall to the ceiling… We’ve decided to clad it in wood.

I was inspired by Layla and Kev over on The Lettered Cottage. They recently clad their ceiling. We chose to do this because 1. I love the cottage effect and 2. it keeps me from having to rent a drywall lift and sand all those seams!

Here’s how Layla and Kev’s looked in the process:

Image via The Lettered Cottage.

I love the effect! So we headed to Lowes to get our supplies and found out that our region doesn’t carry the Economy grade planks they only carry the Stain grade planks. Since we’re going to paint or perhaps whitewash the planks I didn’t see a need to spend double the cost at $17.98 vs $8.77. So we spoke to the Millwork guy and he happily made a call to the manufacturer to place our special order. The good news is that it’s ordered, the bad news is it’s backordered until December… So we’ll have insulation up but will have to wait for the planks to come in to install those and the lights.

I just can’t wait to have insulation so that I can feel better about turning up the heat!

This weekends To Do List:

  • Wire the switches for the outside porch lights, fireplace lights, and living room lights
  • Route cable to the living room wall where the TV will live
  • Jack up and add some support to a few sagging joists
  • Install insulation
  • Remove closet by fireplace

Complete project to do list before our Thanksgiving Feast:

  • The above…
  • Install drywall on the sides and back of fireplace
  • Find and install mantle
  • Install drywall in the hallway ceiling and patch the top of the walls that were dropped
  • Paint (living room, hallway, and fireplace)
  • Install trim around sunroom windows

DIY Projects Planned:

  • Painted rug for living room
  • Make a coffee table
  • Create new TV stand with salvaged wood and current Besta Ikea unit
  • Create tree trunk clad panels for above fireplace

I’m off to work on the painted rug mentioned above! Wish me luck!

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