I'm dying under a mountain of popcorn.
I like tackling big projects myself. They always make for wonderful stories, amazing learning experiences, and pretty good blog posts (see here for Summer 2010's kitchen redo). But sometimes, these big projects find me in waaaay over my head. I've always been able to finish, but I'm having one of those moments where I'm asking myself, "What have I done?!" And even though Eric and my dad did a TON of work this weekend, there was still bunches of work left when I arrived home Sunday evening. As if the volume of work wasn't enough, we're been removing ceilings that likely have asbestos in them, so we have to wear masks and long sleeves/pants that we want to throw away and never see again (have I mentioned lately that its eleventymillion degrees here??). Also, we have to keep poor Ted in the bedroom so he's safe from the icky stuff. And finally... it makes a TERRIBLE MESS.
I am a neat freak when it comes to my house, and right now my living and family rooms look like this because all of the furniture had to be removed from the back two bedrooms. I can't believe I'm posting this. *cue the shameful face*
*And very ugly curtains that are coming down soon, thank GOD!*
Are you as queasy as I am looking at all this JUNK?! How did we acquire so much crap? I posted 7 things on Craigslist yesterday - I simply cannot have all this junk. End. Of. Story. Aaaaaanyway...
The de-popcorning is coming along. In fact, the de-popcorning is finished, along with the patching, sanding round #1, the new texturing (using a skip trowel - tutorial to come), and sanding round #2. Whew! This morning, I'll be finishing the final sanding, brushing away all of the dust, and applying one coat of the new paint. It's an exciting color, are you ready? Here it is!
Yep. White. I really don't have a decorating plan for these rooms yet *blasphemy, I know!* and it's probably good, since a friend of ours is going to be moving in with us next month and occupying some of the oodles of extra space Eric and I have. For now the ceilings will be in a matte white, with "greige" walls. I'm still deciding on the color, but it's going pretty much everywhere in the house.
DISCLAIMER: I cannot do half the things that I LOVE about decorating in our home (namely crazy paint jobs, custom finishes, cool floorings, etc.) because this house will be a rental home for us within a few years. Have I ever shared that before? Maybe not. We are paying it off as fast as we can, and it will be an AMAZING source of income in the coming years, but as some of you may know, the name of the rental property game is LOW MAINTENANCE & EASILY REPLACEABLE. Most (certainly not all) renters, particularly the college-aged ones who look in our neighborhood, don't take care of properties and everything needs to be basic so that if it is damaged or breaks, it's no biggie to take care of. *Sigh*
This post is getting wordy. I need more pictures. Sadly, ceiling re-texturing is not a great picture project, but I have a few, so I'll share what I've got!
Here's a "before" picture of sorts. Although the offensive popcorn is already down, and the patching and sanding are done, this is before the final texture goes on (the most time consuming and labor intensive part of the job). Loving the dated fan-without-blades/light fixture? Me neither. It's gone before the end of the month. Final Answer.
*don't I sound like an expert? "Topping joint compound," not to be confused with "all purpose joint compound," so professional!*
my Goodwill elephant that I spray painted a chic glossy white last week, but it got all smudged on the top, and needs a bit of sanding, and another coat. I'll do it this morning so I can show you tomorrow. Along with my one-coat-of-paint-so-far ceilings. Win! Happy Tuesday, friends!
**Also, Happy Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year will surely feel that long around here!**