Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Not-So-Great Idea

Mindy here. Once again, we're in the throws of redecorating here at the Obenhaus' home. With much needed new flooring on order, I'm taking this opportunity to paint before the old carpet is torn out. But along with painting, I had this over zealous idea that I would scrape the popcorn texture off of our ceilings and retexture them for a more updated look.

So, armed with a drop cloth, ladder, garden-style sprayer thingy, and a scraper, I set to work on a relatively small test area. It took a little while to get the hang of it, knowing just how wet the texture needed to be for it to shave off in nice sheets, but in the end I knocked it out in about an hour, and it was actually kind of fun.

Step one, complete.

Now it was time to texture. I'd watched the pros do it in our bathroom, I've done faux finishes.... How hard could it be?

Yeah, okay. Let's just say things didn't go quite like I'd envisioned. Sooooo, I sanded. And sanded. And sanded. Did I mention I sanded?

Needless to say, I won't be doing anymore ceilings.

Have you ever had a "brilliant" idea that turned out to be not so brilliant? Please tell me I'm not alone.

Happy Tuesday.

14 comments:

  1. LOL, Mindy. I understand just where you're coming from. Kudos to you for trying.

    My fun experience included hardwood floors. A friend and I laid down hardwood in 2 rooms. Then, the power company annexed our home, and tore down the house along with the hard-earned floors. Once we moved, I told my husband we were hiring others to lay the hardwood floor! It's not an experience I wanted to repeat.

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  2. Ladies,
    you are much more adventurous than I am. My husband won't even let me paint!

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  3. LOL Mindy and Dianna...

    I once had the bright idea to wallpaper a bathroom. My husband ended up finishing the job... wallpaper is pretty, just not my thing.

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  4. Dianna, we're getting some of the click-and-lock flooring for one room. I keep telling my husband that we could do it ourselves. He kind of rolls his eyes and says, "I'd rather pay someone to do it right."

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  5. Lindi, is there something in your history that would stop your hubby from letting you paint? :-P

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  6. Wallpaper!!!! Ugh! Yes, another task I've tackled--ONCE. Paint is so much easier.
    That's funny, Christy, that your husband finished it for you. I remember my dad would get so annoyed trying to put things together. He'd usually toss aside whatever tool he was using and walk away in a huff. Then my mom would finish the job :-)

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  7. When I was single, I decided to take wallpaper down in the master bathroom and paint the walls. In the painting phase, I took the 2-step stepstool I was using, placed it in the bathtub and as I was finishing the last stroke, the step stool slid out from under me, the paint tray I was holding flew across the room - and yes - there was still lots of paint in it, and I landed in the bathtub with my right kneecap ripped completely out. Surgery and three months in a brace and in a wheelchair and then on crutches taught me a valuable lesson - don't put step stools in the bathtub! To this day, I have a healthy respect for step stools and ladders and will do pretty much anything I can to avoid both!

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  8. Ouch! I don't blame you for steering clear of stools and ladders at all, Edwina. Talk about an expensive lesson. And I have a feeling it will cross my mind every time I step on a ladder now. However, I will be sure to keep said ladder out of the bathtub.

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  9. Oh dear, this post brings back memories. In our house back in Winston-Salem, NC, we had a cathedral ceiling with that popcorn stuff. We had a roof leak around the chimney that left a huge stain on our ceiling. We couldn't afford to replace the whole roof like we needed, but we did manage to get the damage repaired--but the stain drove me crazy. The popcorn ceiling was white and so...I got the bright idea that I would paint it--slightly darker--cream. I never thought that popcorn stuff would be so hard to paint--plus, you all know me and my allergies. The paint was a bad idea ALL the way around.

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  10. Edwina that is terrible! I hope you have healed completely. Thank God it wasn't worse though.

    Mindy I am still in the midst of a complete home reno, so believe me I understand all about limits on what I can do and what I must leave to the professionals. But even the professionals have some pretty interesting stories :) I should have had a blog this past year on all the craziness we had. :)

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  11. Jenn, painting popcorn ceiling is a major pain. However, it is easier than retexturing. So long as you have the right nap roller. Whatever the case, you'd better have a drop cloth firmly in place.
    I can only imagine your allergies. OH! That does so not sound like fun.

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  12. Eva, we could do a blog together. We'll call it "Leaving it to the Professionals." LOL! Like I tell my husband, we live, we learn, and life goes on. The important part is the learning.

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  13. Edwina! that's terrible! Yes, stay out of bathtubs on stepstools!

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  14. Yep. Leaving it to the Professionals. That's our motto in our home! :)

    Hubby is not handy around the house. I'm not really, either, although I did recently replace a doorknow all by myself. :) Plus, I deal with the plumbing sometimes. (minor stuff life flappers). Right now, we're starting to get a drippy kitchen faucet again. I may brave it myself this time--but on a week day when I can call a plumber if I have to. ;)

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