Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tack Shed Renovation: TRANSFORMATION

You guys I legitimately am not sure I could be more excited about the work we did Sunday. The space looks COMPLETELY DIFFERENT now. I keep going in there to just sit on the floor in awe and stare around, boggled by all the possibilities. But I guess I'm getting ahead of myself. So let's start at the beginning. We got an early start on the walls Sunday morning. The panels were 8'x4', which was convenient, as the walls were 8' tall. Of course, because we needed the panels to break over the studs every time, we did need to do some cutting.
I was a little worried the panels would be chewed up upon arrival (mostly because 95% of my special order stuff from Menards has had issues in some way, which they've always addressed, but it adds time to the process) - but they were in really good shape!
Getting the first one out to trim. 
First panel going up. 
This was the easiest wall - a long stretch with no weird cutting. Since an 8' stud creates a wall a smidge taller than 8', we left the gap at the floor, since I will be covering that with trim anyway.  
Really loving how it was looking once we got the first wall in!
The first two walls were pretty easy. I had already planned to trim out the floor and around the doors, but the way the panels met in the corner made it pretty abundantly clear I would have to do some sort of small trim piece in the corners as well - to make sure the wall panels met cleanly with factory edges, any cuts went into the corners, which mean they're a titch messier than the rest. But overall, the first few walls went up like gangbusters and I was feeling pretty goodt.
The second outlet we had to cut around (the first one is hidden behind the piano, lol). It broke on the stud so didn't cut cleanly, but an oversized outlet plate hides where it got messy... oops!
Then came to the "hell panel" -- it had a light switch, an outlet, and a junction box where some of the wiring split so we needed to keep access to it.
He actually got it pretty well dead on. The light switch hole cut got a little wonky, so I do need to buy an oversize plate to cover up some chipping. But honestly that's so minor in the grand scheme of all these panel cuts!
A little chipping around the edges of the plate. I'll replace it with a bigger plate and no one will even know!
You can see some of the wonky corners here. Nothing a small piece of stained trim won't hide :)
By the time we got to the last wall, it was a breeze -- the french doors take up most of the wall, and since I planned to put a shelf over the door, I didn't mind using some of the scraps up there (so it looks less "pretty" but it's in the least noticeable place). I really wanted to use as much of the scraps as possible so we didn't have to go buy additional panels. We were on a roll, so we went ahead and slapped up the center vault pieces that needed to be cut around the light boxes before lunch.
Some messy edges, but I'll have so many saddle pads stacked up there I don't think anyone will notice haha. 
A long thin piece wasn't too heavy, even holding it up that high, and he was dead on with all the light box cuts. 
At that point, I needed to pop into town for more supplies, because in order to hang the chandelier, we needed to have the medallion ready to install -- and I wanted to paint it, but didn't have the right paint at the house. While I was in town I grabbed some white caulk (I thought it might help smooth out some of the gappy edges), and buzzed back to paint my medallion.
The remainder of the ceiling panels were ROUGH. While the panels were lighter than plywood, or some of the other stuff we've worked with in the past, we returned all of the walkboards and most of the ladders we used for the garage, so it was just me on a tiny stepstool and DH on the ladder. There was.. a lot of creative use of language, to be sure. But we got it done!
Hanging a full sheet
Filling in the gaps
Last run
I got bored so I painted all the outlet covers with the same paint I used on the medallion, lol
Ceiling done!
Look pretty sharp, right?? Unfortunately they are already chipped up from getting bumped while I incessantly rearrange the furniture in there, so if I actually want them to stay that color I probably need a do-over with some sort of top coat. 
At that point I could tell DH was ready to quit. We had one full sheet left, a ton of scraps, and both gable ends to do. Those gable ends still weren't insulated (well, they had the original insulation in, but hadn't received the extra insulation like the rest of the walls). And the original framing of those ends meant there was nothing to staple the panels into. So, he dug through our lumber pile (plenty left over from the garage) and built the necessary framing to tack up the last few pieces.
Cut up the last full sheet to panel the rear gable wall. 
DH was going to bail on this wall until I bought another sheet, but I pestered him into trying to piece it together from the scraps we had left (because this part will also be hidden by the shelf so imperfections were fine). 
Got it done!
I know at this point he was 100% done with all of it but I realllllllllly wanted to see my chandelier hung. So. My poor browbeaten husband hung the medallion (which snapped right into place on the light box, easy as pie), and then tried to assemble the chandelier. I had already hung all the crystals, but you needed to thread a screw through the top dome, then through the apparatus that held all the crystals, and to get it done you needed like... four hands and also for gravity to not be a thing. Finally out of concern he was going to drop kick it into the wall, I climbed up there and got everything positioned and then he helped me screw on the final piece that held it all together.
He wasn't really happy with how the ceiling turned out (a lot of non-factory edges were joined up so there were noticeable gaps), so he climbed back up one more time with a caulk gun to fill in the worst of the holes. He's a pretty impatient caulker (finish work is NOT his jam), but overall it did help make the ceiling look more cohesive - definitely has some rustic charm.
You can see he got about as much caulk on his hands and then wiped it on his pants as he got on the ceiling... haha. 
So! That completes the utter TRANSFORMATION of my tack shed! From utilitarian catch all storage space, to.... DRUMROLL PLEASE..... the Taj MahTeal! ;) (or tack palace, if you prefer). Keep following along for my art projects to decorate it, and getting everything organized!


  1. It looks SO MUCH BIGGER with the lighter colored paneling up everywhere. I cannot wait to see all of the finishing touches you put on it.

    1. Yeah vaulting the ceiling and going with a light color was definitely the way to go! Even though DH incessantly bitched about the extra work of vaulting it, TOTALLY WORTH IT <3

      I hope to start getting some stuff hung this weekend! Fingers crossed anyway.

  2. That chandelier is so extra and it's amazing.

    1. Isn't it perfect? Despite his complaining, once it was up, even my husband begrudgingly admitted that it's pretty amazing 😅

  3. It looks so bright and amazing!!!

    1. It does!


  4. It looks so amazing!!! I love the color of the paneling. And that medallion really brings the chandelier to a whole new level!

    1. Yeah when the paneling was backordered I almost just said screw it and bought something else, but it was definitely worth the wait. And painting the medallion was 💯 the right call 🤩🤩🤩🤩

  5. It looks so bright and clean. Love the teal!

    1. I love how big the light paneling makes it look - I'm really glad I didn't go with the darker cedar look I was originally drawn to. And the teal accents pop so much against the white!

  6. Taj Mah Teal that is hilarious! Looks great!

  7. It looks amazing!!! I've been toying with panelling my tack room and after seeing yours I'm convinced!! Can't wait to see more as you get your tack in!

    1. I'm really tickled with how it turned out! Just be careful about what kind you buy -- some of it is basically just a sliver of compressed wood with thin wallpaper-like stuff on it that peels off at the edges. This stuff was about $25/panel, so definitely not the cheapest or most expensive out there, but a nice midgrade option.

      Hopefully next week I'll have some posts on the tack organizing :)

  8. Nicely done both of you! I can feel the muscle ache in my shoulders and back from all those pictures of husband hanging up the paneling

    1. Yeah we were both really sore the next day haha. The peak of that vaulted ceiling is really high! It seems even higher when holding a heavy sheet of paneling over your head while trying to match up seams lol.