Monthly Archives: August 2011

Just One More Ode to Removing Popcorn…

I know there are those of you out there that have questioned our sanity.  Some have probably thought “What’s the big deal with popcorn ceilings?” Others maybe have said ” I hate them too, but why oh why dear Murries would you undertake this task?”  Well, I’m going to try to answer your questions!

First of all few things date a house in the not so good way like old popcorn ceilings.  You need to keep in mind our ceilings were done mostly by the early 80’s.  It felt dirty and grimmy.  Also, if you knocked the ceiling or probably even shut a door a little too hard little bits would flake off.   When you see a comparision it is pretty easy to see the difference.  You don’t have to take my word for it, check out these pictures.

Justin was already well under way in this room when he discovered he had not removed the light fixture.  Since water is involed in removing the popcorn, as you will see tomorrow in the “how-to” post, it did not seem like a good idea to expose wires while he was working.  This will be touched up and fixed when we add the ceiling fan in this room.  Kinda glad, it gave us a great comparison pic and a reminder of why we did it!

And as for why we did it ourselves: pure cost.  You see it isn’t a job people really like to do, it is time consuming and messy and your neck and back are gonna hurt.   It was easily going to cost us in the thousands of dollars range to hire someone to do this and we are just too cheap for that.  So we bought all kind of crazy gear and read and read info about it.  It was definatley something we wanted to happen before we moved in.

Kudos and a whole bunch of love goes to my hubby for taking time off work to do this.  I know you thought Justin was having a big old party that week he took vacation, but no, this is what he was doing.  I did one room with him and he ousted me.  It was difficult to keep up with where one person started and one stopped.  Since it was wet when you were scraping, it was hard to tell what you missed.   I was sent on to start other jobs.

We are still finishing up mudding, sanding and painting the ceilings.  That should all be done by the end of the weekend.  We both worked a lot this week at our day jobs and both girls started school.  It’s been a slow house week.  Things have been happening though and I will soon share the Plumbing Aventure of 2011 that was completed yesterday (we did hire out for this) and the girls have a very girlie pink room!


Duct Tape, Caulk and Dry Wall Mud Will Fix Anything

I have long known the many uses of duct tape.  You see at an early age I was taught when in doubt try duct tape.  Then I learned caulk will hide a multitude of things, especially paintable caulk.  And now I have learned drywall mud is a miracle product as well.   Do you remember the walls I destroyed when removing grass cloth and two layers of wallpaper?    My hubby took mud and some sandpaper to them and TADA!

No more big gashes!

It’s a miracle of home remodeling proportions!  I truly thought I had destroyed the room and it is his office.

Then my dear sweet dad primed the room and the ceiling.

Lovely green paint from Valspar -Laura Ashley Apple 3 for the walls and white ceiling paint will be next.  Then at some point a window treatment in this fab fabric below.  Can you believe I bought this on a remnant bolt some time back and it is going to work great for the office?  So glad I have kept it!

The moral of this story? Next time instead of bringing the first time homeowner flowers or a bottle of wine just give them a gift basket with the three most important products for home owners: duct tape, caulk, and drywall mud.  Well throw in the wine too, it will make the basket look nice and the new homeowners will probably need a drink at some point!


New post will be out today/tonight!  My picutures were being held hostage on a camera!  I think I have it fixed and will be up and running shortly!


Look Mom!

Ceilings as smooth as a baby’s bottom, well almost!  Justin is working his way through mudding and sanding and making great progress.  Here is a picture of him in case you don’t believe me!

I am going behind him and priming.  Even without the final coat of ceiling paint I cannot tell you how much better they look.  So here is a picture worth a couple hundred words! 

Today we got the dining room, hall and foyer primed.  Justin got all of those rooms mudded and sanded, as well as 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and is now on the family room.  That is pretty remarkable considering our plumbing dilemma took a large chunk of his day.  He is pretty fired up right now and may work for hours!  You never know with him. 

In the next few days we will have how-to info on removing popcorn from your ceiling.  Just in case there are others out there like us that just can’t take popcorn unless it is in the movie theater!

So I will say goodnight to all and get back to work!  Tomorrow is a new day that will be filled with plumbers and people digging up my yard. Yes you read that correctly, so stay tuned for the Great Plumbing Adventure of 2011.