animal lover, gardener, knitter, and gourmet cook

wine cave

Jake used to use the family room as his man cave. He and his friends would hang out down there all the time. Now that he has moved out, I’ve converted it into my wine cave. I did a thorough cleaning of the room and moved my wine stuff down there from the dining room. The room needs painted, but that’s going to have to wait a bit.

There are a bunch of ceiling tiles that need replaced (some have stains on them–they look like water stains, but I don’t know how that would happen; in most cases, there aren’t any pipes nearby, so is it from spills upstairs? who knows). I went to both Home Depot and Lowe’s and neither store had anything remotely close to the pattern. I checked online and found something in the same vein, but it’s really not a match, either (though it’s way closer than what they had at the store), but I ordered some to replace the bad tiles. I may end up buying more and replacing the rest of the tiles. We’ll see how much it bothers me once I have them on hand. I don’t use that room much, so it might not bother me at all.

While I was at it, I decided to replace the light diffusers. They have yellowed over the years and are kind of gross because they collect dust. I’m switching to these, which should solve both of those problems. I was going to buy them at Home Depot here in town, but they only had a few in stock and all the ones they had were broken! Why even have those for sale? I saw online that the Greensburg Home Depot had a bunch in stock so I made a trip there last night to pick them up. Luckily for me, they were in perfect condition. It was a little disorienting being in another Home Depot. It was kind of set up the same, but not.

Lastly, 20+ years ago when we redid the kitchen, Brian had to take a couple ceiling tiles out in order to access the plumbing. Our cat at the time (Ariel) decided that would be a great time to jump into the ceiling and check things out. In doing so, she took down most of the ceiling. When she jumped, it broke the cable, which scared her, so she ran forward, breaking other cables as she went. Of course, we had just about everything from the kitchen on tables in the family room, so the ceiling fell on those items (and I’m sure some things were broken). Then poor Brian had to do a ceiling project in the middle of a kitchen renovation. Anyway, the reason I tell that story is that he reused the cross tees even though a couple of them (four, to be exact) were bent a little. So, I bought replacements for those and will hopefully be able to replace them without the entire ceiling falling down. But, if it does, at least it won’t fall on my kitchen stuff this time.