The one hiccup that we can't really hide? That big ole beam that was hiding behind the soffit in between the kitchen and the hallway.
It's not the ideal because it messes with my vision, but we're going to have to make it work. There's a bathtub above and those joists need that support. Wha wha... We'll take the bottom two by four off to make it not as tall, but we're going to have to work with it. That means bringing the cabinets in a bit instead of running them to the end of the wall and trying to make it look somewhat purposeful. At first I had planned to just sheetrock it and paint it the same as the ceiling in hopes of diminishing it, but then I came across this image...
I think painting and crowning out the beam and the rest of the hallway could be the right approach. It makes it feel more intentional.
We had guessed that this kitchen had work done before, but we didn't realize it was to the extent that we uncovered. Hidden behind sheetrock on the walls were outlets that were still hot and on the ceiling we found hot wires capped off for can lights, covered in drywall mud. Both terrible fire hazards that leave you wondering what is hidden behind walls in other rooms. Yikes. On a positive note, we have less work to do for wiring the new electrical because of it.