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
Relocate all cabinet & drawer contents
Move Upper Peninsula Cabinets to west wall
Build bulkhead & drywall over the moved upper cabinets
Remove current counter top and backsplash
Remove faucet and sink
Have Jeremy come and install west wall base cabinets
Have Jeremy raise counter top height
Phase 2: Patch Ceiling
Patch where upper peninsula cabinets were
Install new light fixtures in kitchen and dining room
Phase 3 – Paint Cabinets
Remove All Doors, Hardware and Hinges
Apply Elmers ProBond Wood Filler to cracks and hardware holes
Sand wood filler holes and apply second coat where needed
Sand all doors and cabinets (Palm Sander)
Wipe everything down with Next Liquid Deglosser (low VOC)
Prime the back of cabinet doors and cabinet frames with BM Enamel Underbody
Prime the front of cabinet doors
Paint 2 coats on back of cabinet doors and cabinet frames with Benjamin Moore Advance
Paint 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance on front of cabinets
Let the paint cure for 3 days
Install Hardware on cabinet doors
Re-install cabinet doors/drawers AFTER counter tops are installed
Phase 4 – Install laminate counter tops
Install new sink and current faucet
Install pendant lighting over peninsula
Phase 5 – Backsplash
Install new backsplash underneath cabinets
Grout and seal tile
Caulk where backsplash meets countertopd.
Use grout haze remover on backsplash tiles
Phase 6 – Molding
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
Demo all paneling in dining room
Install new drywall in dining room
c. Install crown molding in dining room and kitchen
Install chair rail and batten pieces
d. Paint kitchen, dining room and living room
e. Paint back door and porch doors
Phase 8 – Flooring
Rip up carpet in hallway and living room
Lay hardwood underlayment
Install engineered hardwood floors
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!