Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Sunday, December 7, 2014

How Much????

"How much?" I gasped. "He wants more to finish the ceilings than our entire drywall budget! That doesn't include the walls? And we buy his supplies on top of that?"

Our budget is microscopic,  minuscule, ridiculous, frugal so we knew we'd do most of the labor, but drywall is very challenging. Undaunted, we bought a sheetrock lift for the cost of one week's rental because we fugured it'd take us 3-4 weeks to hang it. We were crazy, naive.

Finishing drywall is a whole other beast. We prayed for the Lord to inspire us. He did. We decided to use what we had: tin. Old tin. Why not? It was free. It had been a part of the 1867 roof and 1900 carriage house roof. It was just enough to do the living room-kitchen ceiling...and we LOVE it! [The sheetrock lift also lifts ten foot long sections of tin beautifully!]

I thought about patchwork quilts and based the design on that since we had a hodgepodge of tin. Bonus: It only took about 24 hours of labor including designing it.

As a way to encourage you, when things seem impossible...look up.







14 comments:

Jojo said...

Love the old tin! Can't wait to see the final product?

Janean said...

Jojo, me too! It's great to hear from my old blogger friends. Hugs!

Suz said...

I think it will turn out rather lovely ....clever
Oh..and last year our propane costs in Galena were..staggering
and our tank ran empty...and we don't live there...so yikes..I know what you mean...get this house done!

Janean said...

Suz, heating 935 square feet will be lots better than 1700 we have now.

Karen L. Bates said...

Love the rusty blues...gorgeous colors...will be showing us larger pictures...can't really tell what it looks like yet.

Janean said...

Karen, there will be more photos. I just use my smartphone camera so....

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Janean,

I love the old pressed tin ceiling - this is going to be fabulous and such a great idea.
Happy Tuesday
Hugs
Carolyn

Janean said...

Thank you! Our electrician took a photo of it to show his wife. LOL. It definitely changed my entire decorative course. Hugs!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Janean!

It was so nice to hear from you!! I'm now sharing a blog with my friend Marie on Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie. You can find us on http://tonidolls.blogspot.com

I am in love with your ceiling! It looks amazing Janean. Sooo creative and unique. It's been so fun catching up with you. Please stop by to see us when you have a few moments. We'd LOVE it!!

Christmas blessings & hugs, Edie Marie

Janean said...

Edie Marie, I will stop by! Thank you for your kind comments. Big hugs!

Blondie's Journal said...

Coming from someone who used faux tin for a kitchen ceiling...I really love this!!

Jane xx

Janean said...

Blondie, all the tin is real except the pressed tin squares. They're faux! The new metal squares would have cost us thousands of dollars for just the kitchen/dining/living room. So I painted these to look like our historical tin! I could've never afforded antique tin squares either. I may blog on how I did it. Hugs!

June said...

I am going to love this cottage when you are done Janean! I love the ceiling!
It was so good to hear from you. Merry Christmas to you too sweetie!
hugs...

Joy said...

I think your ceiling is an awesome idea!