This isn't exactly what we did, but pretty close. It looks GOOD!
We put together a luan panel with a nice frame around it, and packed the car with tools, a workbench, more tools, the panel and frame, and more tools. Off we went to save the day. We arrived shortly after Noon and started work. We roughed the wall to the dimensions we needed, added spacers for depth on the panel, mounted the framing to the panel, primed it a lovely white color (they will have to paint the hallway anyway, so now it's ready to be painted) and mounted it to the hole in the wall. Voila! No more hole in the wall! We also began patching some holes in the walls and some corners that had seen better times. We'll have to go back and work on those a couple more times as they are too deep to do in a single time. It was very successful, though.
Grumpy's Bar and Grill features a large, vaulted bar and more cozy eating areas. We're bar people, so we sit in this room.
When we got home and unpacked the car, we decided a beer was needed and went down the street to Grumpy's. Normally we would have walked there, but DH couldn't make up his mind about where to do until we were already driving. After he had two beers and I had two Guinness and we each had a fabulous burger with fries we were feeling more human and returned home to watch the second Sherlock Holmes movie (loved it). I finally relaxed with a strawberry lemonade and finished my beta for Lai. Chapter 24 is back at her for another look-over and more changes. All in all - a successful Sunday!