How to Texture a Ceiling

Do you live in an old house that has cracks in the ceiling that you’d like to cover up?  Or do you have plans to remove that ugly popcorn ceiling but don’t know what to do once it’s gone?  I’ve got a super easy technic to texture the ceiling that will cover up cracks and modernize your space all at the same time!  It’s something you can manage by yourself or better yet, team up with a friend to make it even easier!I realized that I’ve never shared how we truly accomplish this fresh new look on the ceilings of our “Fixer Uppers” before.  This dining room transformation at The Craftsman on Park Road was HUGE!  You can see the entire final tour of this 100 year old home here!  This house was SO dreamy!  There is a really awesome story that came along with this house too.  Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it!There were hairline cracks in the ceiling from just simply age!  There was nothing wrong structurally, just needed some cosmetic work and a little ♥.This is the coolest trick EVER!  My dad actually told us about it!  Just grab an old scrap of 2×3 wood (or something similar) and a 12″ x 12″ square piece of 1/4″ plywood and attach the two together.  You can screw in from the bottom into the handle and/or add 2 little blocks of wood on either side of the handle to keep it securely attached (that’s what my husband does).  Then all you have to do is wrap a plastic garbage sack around the flat 12″ x 12″ piece and tie it in a knot or duck tape it to keep it secure.  It’s a loose fit, you want the crinkles!We just purchase a box of All-Purpose Pre-Mixed Joint Compound 3.5 Gallon.  You can find it here.  We spread the compound onto the plastic with a putty knife.  Just slop it on, but you don’t want it to be too thick.  You want to be able to go back and easily just knock of the tips you leave behind on the ceiling after you apply the compound.  Sometimes it takes a little practice.  We were nervous the first time we used this method, but believe me YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!  It’s such a simple, inexpensive solution and looks like a Million Bucks when it’s done!

To apply the compound to the ceiling, just simply keep the plastic covered plywood flat to the ceiling and tap, tap, tap as you work your way around the ceiling in sections.  Don’t try to tackle the whole ceiling at once.  Divide it up into sections by first applying the compound and then going back and lightly smooth it out like shown in the photo below.

Can you see the peaks to the right in the photo?  My hubs is just working his way across the ceiling and knocking them down as he goes.  It’s not suppose to look perfect at this stage, but once you paint it all…it will!!!Here’s another view after tapping the ceiling with the compound.Here it is once it’s been smoothed out.  If you find you missed a spot, just add a little more.  If you have more drastic imperfections to cover up, you make want to apply a heavier dose of compound and leave more texture.  Just play with it and have fun!Here is a photo of the texture completed (we still have the boring light fixture up so we could see).  If it got damaged, we wouldn’t care.  Haha!This is a photo of the dining room before we got our hands on it.  Oh, I need to tell you the story!  Right after we knew this was the next fixer upper for us, I posted a picture of it on social media.  In no time, I received a phone call from my dear cousin.  Her son had seen the photo can called her.  This was the home where her childhood best-friend grew up.  I knew her, but never knew where she lived.  We attended different schools but all lived in the same home town not far from each other.  How cool is that?  It made this venture so much more meaningful.  It was such a pleasure to restore this beautiful home!

Can I just say, this home was SO much fun to decorate!  You can see in the bottom photo, I was just getting ready to hang some DIY picture frames up on the wall back wall my husband made with free pallet wood.  He also made the chandelier.  Wish I could have taken it with me when we moved.  Sad day!  Luckily I have still have more parts to duplicate this chandy.  Someday, I’ll have another one!!!

Please let me know if you decide to take on texturing your own ceiling.  I would LOVE to hear all about it!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask away.  I’d be happy to help!

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