Matt and I decided that as part of the family room face lift, we'd install a few lights in the ceiling. It's a dark room and the ceilings are low so we thought overhead lighting would be the perfect solution.
Well, easier said than done.
Matt's brother is an electrician, so he came over the other night to work on installing the lights. I decided the general placement of the lights, and then the boys set out to carefully measure the exact locations so they wouldn't drill a hole and run right into any wires or joists.
And then they drilled their first hole and ran right into a joist.
In their defense, it was an unexpected joist. They are usually installed every 16 inches, and this particular joist was only 8 inches from its neighbors. However, I don't think joist are installed for cosmetic reasons so it was probably there to serve a purpose.
I was sitting in the dining room but when I heard Matt say, "I wish I was an engineer, because I'd say just cut through it," I hopped up from that dining room table so fast because do you know what is right above that joist?
I told Matt if I snuggled into bed one night and crashed through the floor I would be LESS THAN HAPPY.
In the end Matt took the conservative route and decided not to cut into the joist. That's the good news. The bad news is that we now have a hole in our ceiling and no immediate solution for how to fix it.
But I think I'd rather have a hole in the ceiling as opposed to no wall between the family room and garage, so I'm remaining calm, and remaining in other rooms until the situation is resolved. I know Matt will come up with something and the room will look great. To encourage myself I thought I'd share some pictures of our most recent room redo, our master bedroom.
This is what we started with.
And this is how it looked during.
This picture was taken when I was a fool who thought wallpaper removal would take a few hours, max. That smile was short-lived.
And this is how it looks now.
(Please excuse the air conditioner. It's not really aesthetically pleasing, but it's a necessary evil.)
I love it. It's so relaxing. Which is convenient because I need a room like that at this time.