But this Sunday I finally got to spend more than an hour on it... 11 hours to be precise. I patched the ceiling, taped it out and threw some mud on it. After sanding and repeating the mud it didn't look totally horrible. The ceiling was in bad shape to begin and after removing the bulkhead and the ceiling light fixtures (surprisingly they were helping to hold my ceiling flat against the rafters) the ceiling sagged. It didn't help that my ceiling is 1" of plaster and has been trying to hold itself up to my rafters for 46 years either. So I threw a few screws at it and pulled it tighter to the rafters. I then got a premade textured paint and rolled it on in small segments evening it out with the previous segments. Surprisingly it is a very forgiving material and actually hid a lot of the defects of my ceiling. The paint is still wet and patchy in the pic below.
After I let it dry I began to install my low voltage monorail track lighting. It didn't work at first. I used my volt meter to look at the voltage running through my wires. 120V going into the transformer?... check. 12V comming out of the transformer?... negative! Actually it read something like 1V so yea not quite enough to power my (5) 20watt halogens. So I had it replaced and it worked like a charm. Voila! Let there be light!!! Not too shabby I must say.
I got word back from Lowes regarding my countertop design... they are not very flexible so I had to scratch my super awesome details and ordered it straight up... I'll make some modifications when it gets here
Next steps are to hang my finished doors, install the shelving, paint under the uppers and install a couple undercabinet lights.