With B's help, we got the 4 x 8' sheets of bead board up on the living room ceiling today. It was a horrendous job (as any job working over your head tends to be), but it went well.
This is the only corner left to do and the piece is already cut so it can be glued and nailed up first thing tomorrow.
Here you can see the two "dead men" we built to help hold up the sheets while we nailed them. Actually, we got into a discussion as to why these helpers should be called "dead MEN." Why not "dead women?" Women can do just as good a job as men, right? (Poor Papa Pea is always out-numbered when B comes in to help.) This lively discussion continued when I left to go get a sample to show B of the flooring and tile for under the wood stove we had brought home from our supply trip on Tuesday. Don't ask me how it happened (B and hubby may well have been sniffing too much of the glue), but when I returned the two "dead women" had been officially christened Geraldine and Meredith in memory of two of Papa Pea's old girlfriends.
Being in charge of moving the "dead women" around, handing B or Papa Pea the nail gun, moving big pieces of furniture we had to leave in the room, and generally being the gofer, I didn't work as hard as anyone else. Here I am adjusting Geraldine . . . or maybe it's Meredith. I never did figure out which one was which.
B and hubby used the nail gun to secure the panels which was not easy. Nor was wrestling the 4 x 8' sheets into place after one side was heavily smeared with glue.
Tomorrow if the construction gods smile upon us, we'll finish the bead board, disconnect the wood stove and install the square of fiber cement (fireproof) board around the stove pipe, attach the grid work to cover the joints of the bead board and get the trim on the walls around the ceiling. Or maybe not. But we'll give it our best no matter what.