Paint on the Ceiling

You know how we are about themes. So, “Gold on the Ceiling” by the Black Keys was my theme song for the three hours (!!) it took me to paint our kitchen and dining room ceiling this weekend. I looked like a disheveled madwoman trying to get this procrastinated project checked off … and to be completely honest, it’s only about 3/4 of a check because I ran out of paint. Blerg.

Other than small ceiling patches here and there, I’ve never had to paint an entire ceiling. Although it isn’t a difficult project, it takes a lot of time. Or maybe it only takes a lot of time for Type A personalities that make sure every little spot is covered. Either way, I was secretly happy when I scraped the last paint droplet out of the can.

So, here is a photo of my handiwork:


Pretty smooth, eh? It’s amazing how well the ceiling patches just melted away and now blend with the rest of the ceiling. If painting a ceiling is at the bottom of your to-do list, I might offer you a couple suggestions:

1.) Have multiple plastic drop cloths. This way you can be working in one area and then as you move across the room you don’t have to move the cloth you are working on.
2.) Have patience. At first I was frustrated on how slowly the project was going, but once I settled in for the long haul it made the whole project more pleasant.
3. Wear eye protection. I skipped this step initially and kept getting paint in my eyes. (Not my best moment!) Scott had a pair of transparent safety glasses that helped tremendously. I still had white speckles all over my face and in my hair, but it came off easily with a shower.

Here is a photo of my snazzy glasses and how much paint would have ended up in my eyes:


You might have also noticed in the photo above that Scott was busy cutting and installing all the baseboards, shoe molding, door casings and chair rail.



He was BUSY! It’s amazing how much all those pieces just polish off the space. All that’s left now is installing the slats for the board and batten and painting the lower half of the wall.

We used this tutorial from YoungHouseLove as a guideline when we first did our board and batten project back in March. They do a really great job of breaking the whole process down if you are interested in doing the same in your home. We made a few changes from what they did, such as:

– Using a fancier chair rail. Just using a 1×3 board didn’t fit the feel of our space.
– The height of our chair rail is 39″ so it wouldn’t run into any light switches
– We spaced our batten (lattice) pieces 14″

To make it easier on Scott, I measured out and placed a piece of tape where the batten should go.


I’m in full concentration mode. 🙂 Here is the whole wall:


To give you more of an idea of how this will look, the photo below shows the hallway (with batten) into the dining room (without batten):



Over the next couple of days I’ll be priming the batten pieces and painting the walls while Scott tries his hand at the crown molding. We’ve purposely saved this project for last so Scott could get more comfortable using the miter saw. Also, to update you on our Kitchen Remodeling Timeline (and because my Type A personality loooooves crossing items off lists), here’s what we have left:

Phase 1 – Demolition
a.  Relocate all cabinet & drawer contents
b.  Move Upper Peninsula Cabinets to west wall
c.  Build bulkhead & drywall over the moved upper cabinets
d.  Remove current counter top and backsplash
e.  Remove faucet and sink
f.   Have Jeremy come and install west wall base cabinets
g.  Have Jeremy raise counter top height

Phase 2: Patch Ceiling
a.  Patch where upper peninsula cabinets were
b.  Install new light fixtures in kitchen and dining room

Phase 3 – Paint Cabinets
a.  Remove All Doors, Hardware and Hinges
b.  Apply Elmers ProBond Wood Filler to cracks and hardware holes
c.  Sand wood filler holes and apply second coat where needed
d.  Sand all doors and cabinets (Palm Sander)
e.  Wipe everything down with Next Liquid Deglosser (low VOC)
f.  Prime the back of cabinet doors and cabinet frames with BM Enamel Underbody
g.  Prime the front of cabinet doors
h.  Paint 2 coats on back of cabinet doors and cabinet frames with Benjamin Moore Advance
i.  Paint 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance on front of cabinets
j.  Let the paint cure for 3 days
k.  Install Hardware on cabinet doors
l.  Re-install cabinet doors/drawers AFTER counter tops are installed

Phase 4 – Install laminate counter tops
a.  Install new sink and current faucet
b.  Install pendant lighting over peninsula

Phase 5 – Backsplash
a.  Install new backsplash underneath cabinets
b.  Grout and seal tile
c.  Caulk where backsplash meets countertop
d. Use grout haze remover on backsplash tiles

Phase 6 – Molding
a.  Paint Bulkhead and install moulding around the top
b.  Paint and install molding to go underneath the cabinets (Didn’t need to do this)

Phase 7 – Drywall + Painting
a.  Demo all paneling in dining room

b.  Install new drywall in dining room
c.  Install crown molding in dining room and kitchen
d. Install chair rail and batten pieces
d.  Paint kitchen, dining room and living room
e.  Paint back door and porch doors

Phase 8 – Flooring
a.  Rip up carpet in hallway and living room

b.  Lay hardwood underlayment
c.  Install engineered hardwood floors
d.  Install baseboards in kitchen, dining room and living room

Phew! We’ve officially been working through this list for 101 days! (I say that last sentence with delirious excitement). If you’ve missed some posts on this whole adventure, check out the link at the top of this page titled: “The Kitchen Remodel” or click here.

Once we finish checking all these items off, I’ll have a post on how our budget did, which areas cost us more/less than others, etc.

Anywho, that’s all I have for today. Hopefully I’ll have some more updates this week!

– Allie


7 thoughts on “Paint on the Ceiling

  1. Did I tell you that reading about all the work you and Scott have done over the weekend just wears me out?! ha! Seriously, I think you guys could have a second career in your spare time flipping houses… $$$

    • Thanks! I don’t think we could actually flip a house … aesthetic improvements, yes. We’ve watched too many DIY gone wrong shows to actually get into house flipping!

  2. Yea, I painted our bedroom ceilings and you just have to take your time. I love it how the paint just makes repairs disappear. Paining the ceiling is hard on the arms and neck unless you are young. 🙂 Great job – just love all that you have done.

  3. It all looks great, Scott and Allie. I painted all our lower level rooms and ceiling once – it took a entire week just taking time to sleep. It sure looks good when it’s all finished! Hang in there!

    • Thanks! Yes we can’t wait to see it finished! Each piece of the project we complete we always are like “Wow. That makes a huge difference!” We might have to keep a photo on the wall of what the room used to look like.

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