The guy that dry-walled the ceiling in my house did a bad job. Under
certain lighting conditions, you can see the joints. I was thinking of
wallpapering the entire ceiling with a white raised pattern surface
paper. Am I asking for trouble? Will it even stick? Are there easier,
We used the raised paper that is patterned to resemble a tin ceiling in our
kitchen. It is difficult to put up, but we were really happy with it when we
You just have to keep going over it a bit more with the brush than you would on
a wall, but then the adhesive reaches a point where it starts to hold. It would
be easier with scaffolding so you could easily walk the length of a sheet with
We did a smallish kitchen. I don't think I would want to do a large room or
Canvas was a standard feature on all homes in my area, 80 yr old quality
plaster and lath. There are many options of which I feel texture is the
ugliest. There are even patterned papers designed for paint. You need a
real pro for quality no seam paper jobs one who "double cuts" seams so
they are nonexistant, even then its a lost art and seam failure is a
possibility in the future. Why not get the drywaller back.
The house is over a hundred years old, but it was gutted and rehabbed
in 85. I'm hesitant about textured paint because it collects dust and
I've found it hard to clean and if it ever needs repainting, it's
gonna be a bear.
I agree with one poster here, I saw it at Graceland in Memphis. Persons
in the drywall business have a secret for covering these type of seams
that don't come out right. They take a texture sprayer and spray either
texture or drywall mud that has been thinned down. Some even let that
dry and pass a plastic knife over it to flatten it out. But ceiling
paper ??? It didn't look good even in Elvis's house !!! He even had
green carpet in the walls and ceiling !!!
Will it stick? Sure.
Are you asking for trouble? Well, you are asking for a mountain of
frustration if you try to DIY. Hire a paper hanger if you do it.
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If you want a papered ceiling yes paper will work on ceilings.
If you are just concerned about seeing the seams than just get a good taper
and retape the seems. A lot cheaper and less mess than either texture or
You are not using a semigloss paint on your ceiling are you? That will
really show up any imperfection.
This is the answer I've been waiting to see.
Get a finisher & float out the ceiling.
I have a similar situation in an old house that was gutted.
Looks great during the day. But the lighting is critical when the bulb
is right near the ceiling broadcasting light across it.
I wanted a slick finish & that makes it more obvious.
Friends & family think I'm crazy because it looks fine to them.
But I'm a paperhanger & notice these flaws more than most.
(another reason I wanted it slick, I don't like heavy texture)
I'll either slick it out & fix it, or change the lighting, or just
live with it.
What I won't be doing is hanging paper simply to hide it.
Cheapest & easiest fix would be to change the lighting.
So, have him finish the taping job. Or have someone who can, do it.
You'll be so glad you didn't put paper up there.
And ... I know just how big a job and mess it can be to remove old
crappy paper from a ceiling and make things right. Don't set yourself
up to go there.
What about plain old ceiling tiles? They come in different textures and
styles. They're pretty easy to install yourself.
As an aside, I think the norm is to do a lousy job wallboarding ceilings
nowadays. A friend just had a house built and you can see most of the
joints. He talked to a few other people and they just shrug and say that's
the way it is today. What happened to craftsmanship? It got lost in blank
The '87 house we live in has mildly textured and painted sheetrock
some of the rooms the work is excellent, in others there
is uneveness and joints
show. Someone was doing good work and another
Another option is tin panels. I saw them installed on tv a few years
are like ceiling tiles, but interlock and attach to firring
strips. There are
different patterns available and it would be more
durable. The finished product
was too formal and dressy for my taste,
but causes me to think there must be
other types of ceiling coverings
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