Hi all of you wonderfuly helpful people in our group,
We needed to finish our basement in a hurry, and so we did a quick job
on our mudding and taping on the ceiling. The walls we paid more
attention to, so they look great, but the ceiling looks absolutely
horrible. I am hoping someone has an idea, that we could use to
dcorate the ceiling, to hide our bad mud/tape job. Please help! We
need to do something in a hurry.
Popcorn ceiling or other type of textured paint job. Or, get really
creative and paint something like a mural or cloud scene (ala Sistine
Chapel). That's really what Michelangelo was trying to do...hide a bad
I just texture painted a cieling. I found the Behr textures (3 kinds) to
all be too thick for my taste but it was clear they would be good at hiding
defects. Look for the sample broschure in the isle at HD.
I ended up using Dutch Boy texture medium which has a thinner sandy texture
I liked better. I applied most with a heavy roller and blotted the edges
using a large sponge. I use the blotting method to hide any brush marks as
well. Looks swell but the taping was pretty good and I skim coated the
whole thing first (needed to hide where the old wall used to be).
Tin cielings (which now come in plastic) can cover the worst jobs but end up
Something like this can be used to blow "popcorn" texture onto the cieling.
The bad news is that a job that looks good on a wall often looks bad on a
ceiling. They are much harder to finish properly. If you have the time you
can skim it out wide enough to hide just about anything.
The only other viable option is to texture it in some manner. It can be
sprayed on, popcorn look, like in motel rooms. It can be daubed on with a
stipple brush or in can be rolled on. After rolling it can have a patterned
effect if you have the skill and proper brushes. Daubing it on leaves a lot
of mud up there and makes future painting tiresome.
Of the three methods I think the rolled on look looks best in a residential
application. I don't have the skill to do the pattern effect so I usually
settle for the rolled on thin stippled effect. For the most part you just
add latex paint and water to general purpose mud and mix it down to a thick
pancake batter like consistency.Then use a 1/2" nap roller to roll it on.
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