Bad mud & tape job on ceiling need help!

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.
Thanks, Brandi
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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 spackle job.

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You could always skim the ceiling with another coat of mud.

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Ray wrote:

I agree, popcorn in a can from Home Depot. It's pretty expensive per can (IMO) but does a great job.
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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 being expensive.
Something like this can be used to blow "popcorn" texture onto the cieling. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber$71

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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.
Colbyt
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My house has fake wood beams covering up some of the worst tape amd mud joints I have ever seen. The previous homeowner was very unhandy.

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ohhmama wrote:

The walls probably look just as bad. Its just that the ceiling is on a plane that makes it easier to recognize the defects. Tape/mud is a job for a professional.
time for stucco.
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