As I mentioned in my previous post, we've been able to do a lot of work on the house over the past few weeks. We got a wonderful deal on some v-groove pine for our living room and kitchen ceilings, and after getting it all urethaned, we spent about 3-4 days installing it. It makes such an amazing difference in our house! No more energy shield ceilings!!! Here you can see what it looked like when we first got started in the living room (and you can see those lovely ceilings that we've been living with for the past 4 years :)).
Here is the kitchen ceiling, all finished:
This shows how Jim enclosed the main supporting beams that run the length of the house:
And he even built a door for our storage area above the kids' room. YAY!!! No more black hole!
And this is how we enclosed the part above the windows in the living room:
There is still a lot of trim to do, but it is SO nice to have the ceiling almost totally done now!!
Another homemade thing I did recently was to make a pillowcase for Jim's body pillow. We both have them and they are so comfy to snuggle up with at night, but his pillowcase was falling apart (due to the kids using it for a "sleeping bag"--and they've been strictly instructed not to use the new case for that purpose!!). I had this great cowboy fabric that I bought on sale years ago, not knowing what to do with it . . . well, it was perfect for this project! I recycled the zipper out of the old case and it turned out great. It was a pretty fast and easy project, and Jim is so happy with his "new" pillow!
The last thing I want to share is some more exciting house progress. Jim got the front of the house all sided!!! We've been living with Tyvek for a long time, and it's thrilling to see such a big chunk of the siding done now. He still needs to finish the sides of the dormer, then we need to tackle the garage door end (which is on the right in this picture), then the far end. We already have most of the back side of the house done.
So that gives you an idea of what we've been up to over the past month! Have you tackled any home projects or anything else homemade? I'd love to hear!!