Who> Daren Rogers
Where> Montclair, NJ
What> "I found a cheap way to dress up ceiling timbers. I ripped down a hung ceiling when we remodeled, only to find it had been covering up a stained, sagging plaster-and-lath ceiling. So I ripped that down, too, and exposed the Douglas fir collar ties that help hold up the roof. They were dirty but structurally sound, and didn't need replacing. I boxed them out in oak plywood and stained them to match the refinished floors, and now the room feels airy and spacious."