Sunday, February 18, 2007
Is It Worth It?
- Scrape the ceilings
- Sand the edges where the drywall meets walls and beams
- Reform the seem with patch putty between the ceiling and walls n' beams
- Find and fix blatant imperfections (gouges, nail holes, etc)
- Sand the patch putty for a smooth seam
- Rinse the residue from the ceiling with a sponge (takes forever)
- Prime the entire ceiling
- Paint the entire ceiling (twice)
- Look at the imperfections you missed and need to go back in fix
I stripped and repainted the vent, too. I just haven't put it back in yet. Here's another shot where you can see the popcorn, scraped, and scraped and painted portions:
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The Nightmare Begins
Friday, February 09, 2007
Why the details are important (a rationalization of my anal retentiveness)
So with that, this weekend I decided to paint the living room. I've been a fan of subltety as of light so the color is a slight gray that is just enough to contrast with the white trim and keep the walls from looking "clinical" and plain. Of course, I could have done what the previous 2-3 owners did and slap up some paint on the walls, calling it a day. Instead, I chose a (seemingly) simple process that involed: 1. fixing previous poor patching jobs and 2. removing other surface imperfections mostly caused by cottage cheese ceiling treatment applied haphazardly.
In this picture you'll see a lot of brown marks on the drywall. Those are all spots that were sanded down -- cottage cheese droppings, minor cracks, paint runs, etc. The walls were all like that. Also, all inside corners were sanded with a Ryobi detail sander. The result is very crisp lines wherever a beam meets drywall.
COMPLETEYes, I know the cottage cheese NEEDS to go.