We’ve started the office reno!

We spent about an hour last night cleaning out the room. It’s amazing how much junk we had in there! For now, the puppies are loving having a huge, empty (air conditioned) space to play in.

Little House Big Heart - The Office Before

Before we can start tiling, though, we have a lot to do.

Empty room
– Relocate Ceiling Light Fixture
– Wallpaper Ceiling (yes, wallpaper!)
– Remove carpet
– Repair damaged subfloor
– Lay tile
– Grout
– Touch up paint
– Move everything back in room

We’ll have more on the ceiling wallpapering either Friday or Monday (depending on when we get it finished). It’s going to be an easy (and safe) way to cover up the ugly, asbestos-laden acoustic tiles!


  1. Melanie says:

    Reading wallpapering the ceiling makes my neck hurt and I’m not even the one that will be doing it! Hope all goes well! Can’t wait to see the end results!

  2. Jennifer says:

    That’s a bummer that you have asbestos ceiling tiles! We thought we had asbestos ceiling tiles in our basement, which bummed us out. Fortunately (bittersweet) the cat got in the ceiling and fell through (no injuries) and we saw the stamp on the back of the tile – 2006. It looked exactly like those old asbestos ones. We are so happy for our mischievous cat!

    • Jessica Beals says:

      We’re not sure whether or not they’re asbestos, but we’re just working under the assumption that they could be. We don’t want to have to get them tested and removed professionally, and they don’t cause any harm if they’re not disturbed.

      Crazy cat! That sounds like something Fievel would do!

  3. Ainhoa says:

    Wallpapering the ceiling sounds intriguing! Is there a specific reason why you decided to do that vs. say, planking it? I guess it’s the only way to cover it because of the asbestos?

    • Jessica Beals says:

      We were planning on planking it (a la. The Lettered Cottage) over the asbestos tiles, but chose to try the wallpaper first, 1. because it’s much cheaper and 2. because in order to plank, we’d have to remove the existing crown molding. We’re afraid to do this because the walls are wood paneling and we’d likely damage them.

  4. Jenn says:

    I am so excited to see this room come together! I’m super curious about the ceiling wallpaper too since we need to do something with some of our ceilings that have, or will soon be, relieved of popcorn ceilings! I’ve started considering renovation projects as a workout and that I’m accomplishing two things at once.

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