40 years of smoke damage

This weekend has been pretty quiet (and cold), so Debs and I did a bit of work in the den. Saturday was a ‘community cleanup day’, so we got rid of both rugs that were down there, the remaining ceiling tiles, and other random trash. Once the dump truck came for everything ( I went out there to help them but by the time I got my shoes on they were already next door), we got dressed and ran some errands to pick up needed supplies.

We have decided to stick with a drop ceiling. We went by Lowes and picked up 4 boxes of plain white tiles, which we think will fit the best in this room. We also picked up some wood stain, replacement steps, and brushes.

Once we got home, we had to remove every other cross-brace from the ceiling since we are going with 2′ x 4′ panels rather than the original 2′ x 2′. I noticed while pulling these tiles out, that fingerprints were actually cleaning them up. So we got a few rags and wiped down the entire structure, making a HUGE difference. I just went and wiped the entire structure again with a bleach, household cleaner, and water mix, which helped on remaining stains (I am writing this post while waiting for it to dry). Its amazing how 40 years of running the fireplace really stained that ceiling, and how new it looks with a simple cleaning. We may cover the frame with GridMax, some plastic covers that Lowes offers.

Since we are keeping the drop ceiling, I am going to go ahead and run speaker wire to the four corners of the room, as well as out through the back deck. I plan to mount our surround sound speakers on the walls to make the room look a little nicer and to keep them out of the way.

Lastly, we went by Home Depot and ordered our carpet for the den as well. Someone is supposed to come by this week to measure the room, and we will hopefully have everything installed by the end of next week!

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