Still on the list for the next few weeks/months:
-Pull down the drop ceilings in the kitchen, guest room, and our bedroom. OH GOD.
-Repair the existing ceilings in the kitchen, guest room, and our bedroom. Also OH GOD.
-Salvage the ceiling medallion currently dangling precariously above our bedroom drop ceiling and install it in the living room above my giant lamp-shade light.
-Repair walls once the drop ceilings are removed.
-Install portrait moldings in the kitchen, guest bedroom, and our bedroom.
-Paint guest room.
-Install new fan with brighter light in our bedroom and move our existing little ceiling fan into the guest room.
-Possibly put up a partition in the guest room to create a walk-in closet separate from the sleeping area.
-Install wood floors.
I remain convinced that there has to have been a better way to do this, but it did give us the chance to look inside all of our ceilings. It still makes me roll my eyes when I think about it. Afterward, we went around and closed up all of the holes except for the one in the kitchen, which is pictured above with the tin peeking out above the dropped ceiling. I left that one open as a constant reminder -- and to fuel my motivation to one day take down the drop ceiling altogether. Hopefully that day is almost upon us, though I'm pretty sure it is going to be an unholy mess when we take them down.