Originally Posted by Momofmany
We're taking down the beams out of our living room ceiling today. There were 6, 28 foot long 4"x10" decorative cedar beams up there. We've got a carpenter over to help us as they are very heavy. In fact, I'm sitting down as the last 6' of the last beam is dropping as I type. We just gained about 475 additional square foot in our living room. Too bad its at the top of the room!
They were put up in 1972 and were hideous. I'll be dancing with glee when we are done with this little project! The only thing left: patch the walls, and put up 1x6 boards over the holes in the ceiling. And we only had 1 large garbage bag of insulation fall onto the floor this time!
Sorry, not making fun of you--but, I can sure identify with "And we only had 1 bag of insulation..."--it sounds like OUR money pit!
Oh, I feel your pain. I'm a child of the'70's, and have seen it all--faux brick (indeed, there's some as a backsplash around my kitchen counter--and, that baby's gonna get smashed with a hammer VERY soon!); faux stone, those beams, harvest gold carpet, avocado green carpet (and sculpted pile, yet); smiley-face crap--including a table lamp in Mom's living room); and God-only-knows how many other decorating outrages I've managed to block out of my memory. And, Mom's house STILL has the faux stone and brick Dad put up back then.
Oh, when we moved the stove, we saw that the faux brick was originally terracotta, WITH BLACK GROUT LINES!!!!!
OMG, it's HIDEOUS. No wonder they painted it white! Normal folks would install a tile backsplash. But, then again, Nothing is normal in this house!
When I stripped off the cat wallpaper from the previous owner (I love cats, but don't want 'em on my walls), I found late '70's country wallpaper under it. With marching geese. With blue bows around their necks. In stripes. It took 3 $)*$^%^ weeks to strip it all off the kitchen walls, plus it ruined a lot of wallboard. I HATE wallpaper!!!! I had to re-plaster the soffits 3 times, and they still aren't right.
Then, there was the '80's pastel wallpaper in the 1/2 bath. Some dimwit (We think Mr. SMith--not his real name) applied some sections with what appeared to be floor adhesive; of course, also in the hardest spots to remove it--behind the toilet and sink. As I was sitting on the floor, after spending literally hours sanding down most of the walls, all of which required re-plastering, done by yours truly, DH got a phone call for Mr. Smith (one of the previous owners, whose jerry-rigged "home improvements" we've been fixing for 3 years) to get his boat out of the dock (we share the same phone #). They asked, "Do you know where we could find him?" I shouted to DH, "No, but I'd like to track that SOB down, so I could get payback for this damned bathroom!"
This guy also used tons of silicone caulking on EVERYTHING. I told DH, "We have more silicone here than a Las Vegas floor show!"
To add insult to injury, when I bought carpet at Home Depot, they asked my phone #, and input it in the pc. "Ok, Mrs. Smith, what color carpet did you want?"