Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Change of plan

I was going to try and very carefully paint the stipple ceiling in the bedroom.

I purchased the appropriate multi-sliced foam roller. I knew that you only roll the paint on once, not back and forth. I know that if that crap gets too wet, it comes off.

Little did I realize that the stipple was so thinly put on that all you had to do was look at it sideways and it would come off with the paint. Very fragile.

So... change of plans. I will be scraping all that stipple off the ceiling, doing the necessary drywall repairs (old minor leak from poorly installed chimney flashing ~ since repaired ~ the flashing, that is) and then painting.

(Eye protection ~ check. Water sprayer ~ check. Scraper ~ check.
Bin to catch all the bits ~ check.
Any which way you like it ladder ~ check.)

I do prefer a smooth ceiling but scraping is a lot of work and hard on the neck for one with a herniated disk awaiting a consult with the neurosurgeon (end of January). So this slows me down as I can only do it for so long on any given day.

But I sure hope there are no more surprises underneath all that flaky shit. I have always hated stipple ceilings. I guess now I have to do something about it.

And this is what will be in store for the rest of the main floor rooms. *sigh*

Oh well. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

AND... I have to admit I will like the look much better when it's all said and done.


  1. Lubricate your scraper, very slightly, with WD40 first... And for the love of all things holy, do not chew gum or sing whilst looking up. Dentist bills, exposed teeth and old stippled plaster do not good pals make. Have fun hen.

    1. Oh thanks! I would never have thought to WD40 the scraper. Makes sense. And no, I sure as hell don't need any more dental bills. My mouth is already worth many thousands of dollars.

    2. ....I will refrain from further comment while I am ahead. Pardon the pun.

  2. I just envisioned you lying on a scaffolding which supports you neck, allowing you to scrape away...I'm guessing your arms are much longer than mine. :)

    Hey, if it was good enough to use for painting the Sistine Chapel....

  3. I'm pleased the stipple ceilings are being stripped back. It will look excellent.

  4. Me and the bros were always in trouble for chucking balls up and knocking that stuff off. Hope all is well..

  5. Funnily enough Chef gave me the same advice, though there wasn't a stippled ceiling in sight! :¬)


  6. I find that working overhead like that makes my shoulder and neck ache. Sounds like the good news that the texture comes off easily enough to minimize removal. It will look terrific in the end.


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