We thought this was going to be done in a week.
when we closed on our new home in june, this was an easy target. however, we have no concept of time and also had many many other projects to do at the same time, so we are just *now* finishing this. seven months later. yikes.
What's so weird (and something I didn't realize is popular in older homes) is that these lightboxes people built. I had assumed it was fluorescent and made of drywall, but I was incorrect on both accounts. It's a massive wood beam that's impossible to get out of your ceiling, and it DOESN'T EVEN DO ANYTHING. IT HOLDS A TINY LIGHT COVER AND THEN THERE ARE TWO LIGHTBULBS SCREWED INTO THE CEILING. Some of the dumbest stuff I've ever seen.
Needless to say it took us a very long time to get it down. It took very powerful saws and lots of bad words.