|This is an old picture...I promise the board and batten is all painted now!|
Matt is 6'2" so I will let you figure out how many swear words that lead to in the middle of the night. We were a little worried about what we would find when we opened up those little transom-thingies, but to our relief there was nothing more than old plaster and a few random 2x4s (not actually supporting anything) that needed to be busted out. Of course...then we realized we had busted out spots in our ceiling...
We took down the flickering fluorescent lights and hung the simple "boob lights" that everyone else in the blogosphere is taking down. They aren't the prettiest things I have ever seen - but they are a huge upgrade from what we had before!
We had lots of family help, and in a weekend we tore down the old paneling in the hall and hung new drywall.
We also boxed out the ceiling beams in rough hand-cut lumber that we found in the attic, to give the look of actual exposed beams. Since this is such a narrow hall, we really can't hang any picture so the beams add a lot to the look of the hall!
-replace basement door (the one in the foreground of the above picture)
Over all though - I am VERY excited about having this mostly done. Here is one more comparison picture to show how far we have come since the beginning!