I know I keep talking about the hailstorm that hit earlier this year, but that dang hailstorm seems to have led to a lot of other things…like rustic beams instead of fake ones, a quick sale of our old house, and now a practically free metal ceiling in our living room.
Since day one Adam and I have planned to put a metal ceiling on the living room and master bedroom of our house. We have always loved the look, and we were so sure about it that we even had the sheetrock crew leave the ceiling bare when they did the rest of the house.
That being said, we had no idea what direction we wanted to head besides “metal”. Did we want old rustic stuff? New stuff? DIY or hire it out? Either way it was going to be an expensive, time-consuming project…we were basically putting a second roof on our house, just upside-down.
Sooo (stick with me here)…
On our new house we chose to mix two types of metal roofing, standing seam for the main part of the house and corrugated for the porches.
Here is a closer view…
When the hailstorm hit we had to completely replace the (very new) roof, and thankfully it was covered 100% by insurance. So when the roofing crew came we asked if we could keep the metal, thinking that we could possibly use it for the ceiling in the house (probably the master, since it is smaller), or if not we could at least use it for various other projects (like a chicken coop and whatnot). They said yes, but only the corrugated could be reused since the standing seam had to be cut off and was destroyed in the process.
Turns out it was more metal than we thought it would be, and was juuuuust enough to cover the living room ceiling…which meant that the huge investment that was going to be our ceiling was now FREE. And since the material cost was zero we happily ponied up the funds ($2,400) and hired someone to install it, since it sounds like a torturous DIY project, Adam isn’t a fan of heights, and I’m eight months pregnant and zero help at all.
The results? See for yourself…
We still have plenty of projects to do involving the ceiling – the center beam needs to be skinned in barn wood, we need metal trim around the beams and fireplace, regular trim where the metal meets the wall, the recessed lights need to be reinstalled, etc…but for now I’m pretty thrilled with it. It also really brightens up the house, all the windows combined with reflective metal means I won’t ever have to turn on a light during the day. We also had our exposed metal AC pipe installed after the ceiling, which means that the whole house is now air-conditioned and not just the bedrooms. Life is good.
As for the hail damage, you can barely see the dents. They are visible if you know they are they are look really hard, but I don’t mind it at all. Actually, kinda the opposite…I like the character and the story.