Wednesday, April 17, 2013
After I finished up the kitchen project, I moved onto the main upstairs bathroom and quickly hammered out that project. There wasn't a lot to do there to fix it up. I patched holes in the drywall, gave it a coat of paint and because I like the painted kitchen cabinets so much, I painted the vanity in the bathroom as well. What once was a dark windowless room is a much brighter and still windowless room. I choose my battles.
Skipping the master bathroom for now, the last upstairs room left to be touched, I turned my sights on the downstairs. The downstairs makes the upstairs before I started look like a ritzy joint. The downstairs is really rough and is going to need a lot of work. First on my list was to fix up perhaps the best room of all of them downstairs for guests. It was rough but it was also a bedroom so there isn't a lot that you can do besides fix the holes in the drywall and paint them. So I carefully laid down plastic and began to paint the ceiling which the previous painter had done a piss poor job of doing. I could see the color of the previous two coats of paint.
I made it clear across the room and was just painting the last few feet when a chunk of the popcorn ceiling delaminated and fell to the floor. All my life I have lived in houses with popcorn ceilings and though I would never do one by choice, I have come to accept them. Because they catch cobwebs easily, you are forever sweeping them with brooms. If you every have to do a repair to an area, it is impossible to match up the pattern of the popcorn so it will forever look like you have a patched ceiling. Finally, if you get a little carried away and say touch the ceiling with a football being casually passed around, you can knock off pieces of the popcorn which not only make a mess of the floor but leave specs of unpainted surface beneath showing like a huge zit.
Because only a tiny chunk has fallen out of the ceiling, I gingerly tried to paint over it with the roller but every time the roller passed over, more and more popcorn just peeled off the ceiling until there was at least a square foot missing. Disgusted I quit and decided to mull things over. I suspect that the entire ceiling in that area is just clinging on due to a poor adhesion problem during the initial spraying. Any attempts to patch it will just result in future misery. Another plan could involve just scraping all the popcorn off the ceiling. If there is poor adhesion to begin with, this might be easier than expected. The bad part is that I already applied a gallon of paint and starting over means a gallon of primer and then another gallon of paint. My worry is that if the popcorn is adhered tightly on most of the ceiling, I may end up destroying the ceiling to the point where I have to start over completely and well... that would suck. So right now I'm taking a break and mulling things over a bit.