Renos NEVER stay on time, in my experiance. I wanted ours done by thanksgiving too...I don't think it's gonna happen though, lol. Ditto. We're adding some beadboard in the last two rooms without wood on the walls shortly. I thought about lake stone as the backsplash in the kitchen...then I remembered grouting the hearthpad and decided to cheat and use faux brick panels, lol. BTW, don't let that super seasoned pine overnight burn fool you, they don't grow them like that anymore, lol.