Things are looking up

That’s a really silly title. Can you get rusty at blogging? Because I might be. Suddenly a month has gone by! We’ve been working on SO many different things, but haven’t had anything to show for it yet. It’s not our normal MO, but when some necessary parts for the basement workshop had to be reordered, we decided to dive into the the first floor reno, which I detailed our plans for oh so long ago.

Although 2015, felt like a bit of a lost year in terms of visible progress on the firehouse, we kicked off this renovation with some key features routing electric for the basement sub panel, adding windows, and finding and installing our fireplace.

We’re back at it and into some of the really boring/incredibly tedious/worth it in the end, projects that will get the room ready for paint. First up: patching the dining room ceiling. Hence the title of the post. Although, really, Aaron is the one who has been looking up. Get it? Ha! … Sorry.


This is definitely one of those projects that we waffled on. Was it worth it? Would it make a difference? Could we just paint over the rough spots to make them blend in? That is what we opted to do in the studio.

But the dining room felt different to us. While we love the industrial look, we worried in this space it would just feel unfinished. Also we have so many things going into the space that we want you to notice. It would be a shame if the ceiling detracted from that.

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The ceiling in the living room was previously repaired (and painted black) which also made us lead towards making the change. (That ceiling and the duct will be painted white when the time comes.)


So we decided it was worth the time to fix the ceiling… even though that means in the end you WON’T notice the work. The project itself was more labor and time intensive than expected, because isn’t everything in a renovation? Aaron started by scraping off the loose bits of plaster and patching the numerous holes. Then he carefully layered on 150 pounds of mud.

The result was so worth it! (Says the person who did none of the work.)

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It’s nice to have a clean slate in here. We’re working on a few DIY light fixtures that will give some much needed light to this space.


As I mentioned, we’re ping ponging between projects a bit. Lately, we’ve been sourcing wood slabs for the dining room table, and Aaron is in the basement this week installing the dust collection system. Updates should get more frequent as we start crossing things off the list for both spaces!

  1. It does look much better! And worth it, I think. Remember that one of the cool features of this room is the file pole, which might make people look up to the ceiling and then notice the patchiness. Good room to polish up the details.

    1. Excellent point, Laura! 🙂

  2. Wow. That is some commitment! And to think I was so proud of myself when I repaired one crack in my 8×11 foot bedroom, ha.

    1. Ha! Ceiling work of any kind should be applauded. So kudos to you!

  3. Looks amazing! I’m so excited to see what this area becomes, which I’m sure you are as well!

    1. Thanks, Steph!

  4. is the best prices and stock for live edge slabs I’ve found. I was looking two weeks ago because a friend is talking about commissioning a table through me.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. It doesn’t look like they have anything in the size and type of wood we need. That’s a nice site, though. We’ve looked at a lot of really poor ones!

  5. Haven’t used them myself but I’ve heard good things about Lumber Logs, LLC. They recycle St. Louis wood from all sorts of projects. They don’t have great hours, but I think there are good finds to be had.

    I’m not affiliated, just trying to unlurk enough to be helpful. 😉

    1. Thanks, Susan! Aaron has been doing all the sourcing. I’ll make sure he checks it out. 🙂

  6. Ceiling work is hardest because you hands must be always above your head. It makes you tired very fast if you are not professional. Good work you have done it is much better. Looking forward to see your new projects.

    1. Thanks, Nick! That’s so true. It’s draining work, but so worth it in the end.

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