It was another busy day at the homestead last Saturday. My sister and her family volunteered to help again for the day which was awesome. The project at hand was working on the exposed ceiling in the front of the house. This is the one project that I have been dreading the most. I regret thinking that having an exposed ceiling was a good idea now.

I finally ended up deciding to go with a rustic farmhouse look for my house, so I’m putting shiplap on the ceiling. In preparation for putting it up, my mother did an amazing job painting the shiplap on Thursday and Friday. She used a BIN primer to cover the knots and then primed and painted the boards white.

Friday night we cleaned up and got the staging in place so that we’d be able to begin right away on Saturday morning. I did some insulating as we are insulating the ceiling as we go along. I’m putting two four foot pieces of Roxul In between each beam before putting the shiplap over it.

It was imperative that the first piece of shiplap be level because if not, the whole ceiling would be off. Once leveled, we nailed it in place. We are having to face nail the shiplap which is leaving small holes. We had some spackle that we are using to fill each hole and then the plan is to use a roller over the ceiling once we’re done.

The first few rows were fairly easy, but once we got up about eight or 10 rows, it was a bit tough. We put the second level of staging on, but I am not a huge fan of the staging. My brother-in-law and I were balancing and able to do a few more rows.

After lunch, my brother-in-law took off for a while, can you blame him? No, his parents are getting ready to head south and he wanted to get in a round of golf with his Dad. We moved to the other side and my sister and I started the process on that side. We got a good section insulated and six rows of shiplap up.

After Saturday, I really wanted to hire someone to do the rest. I just hate the thought of my brother-in-law and I on three levels of staging. After discussing it with my parents and my sister and brother-in-law, we are going to give it one more shot. Kevin, my brother-in-law, and I are each going to wear a safety harness which will provide everyone with a greater peace of mind.

This summer has been a challenge for my family in many ways. There are still times that the house project tends to overwhelm me. It’s been a tremendous amount of work, however anything worth having is a lot of work. The hard work has never scared me. My family is doing so much to help me and I feel guilty. How will I ever be able to repay them?

My Dad attempts to help my sister and I with a piece of shiplap.

Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in...