We finally made the decision and tackled the mudroom. We had been going back and forth trying to decide what we were going to do with it for a few weeks.
Option 1 - Leave the drop ceiling and paneling and just paint
Option 2 - Hire contractor to demo and sheetrock the room
Option 3 - Demo the room ourselves and hire out to sheetrock
Option 4 - Have my dad help me frame it and rock it when he comes down to visit in a week and a half
I ruled out Option 1 for a few reasons, but mostly becuase you can see over the drop ceiling from the dining room. Here is a photo...
|Before shot - looking into the dining room from the mud room|
|tried priming the paneling to see if just painting would make things better|
We decided to move forward with the demo ourselves. My dad is coming up on Aug 9th to help out and said that he and I could frame it and sheetrock it ourselves. I used a crow bar, hammer and some serious elbow grease and was able to strip the room down in about 4 hours. I left the horrible ceiling fixture up becuase I needed a light and I am scared to mess with the electric.
|ripping down the cabinets which they themselves were also made of paneling...someone was IN LOVE with paneling in the house!|
|you can see over the ceiling tiles|
|room stripped except for the light. above the ceiling tiles is a junction box and about 9 wires exposed|
|I found this guy hidden in the wall above the door way frame. Eric named him Ike.|
I had trouble with the thermostat for the baseboard heater. When I dismantled it to get the paneling off from behind it, it must have turned on and I couldn't figure out how to put it back together correctly to turn it off. It took me close to an hour to figure out that I had the knob on backwards.
The only other incident was a cut from a small nail in my thumb which resulted in a very sore arm that I am still recovering from. I went down to re-up my tetanus shot the next day. Seriously, the older I get the more it hurts!
I am so looking forward to posting about more fun things like finished cabinets, fabric, tile and flooring choices. Some fun things to come very soon.