While waiting for some big construction to begin, we've been doing a few small things. Reid hung drywall on the ceiling of the 2-story hall and I primed the walls in the dining room.
It's a little too soon to prime walls - they still need significant patching - but I needed a big change in the space and paint is the fastest, easiest way to achieve big change. The black sponge paint, more fondly referred to as faux blood splatter, is gone. Good riddance.