Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a fantastic weekend.
Mine was spent on a ladder…with my head leaning back…and my arms above my head. The good news? I got the ceiling finished (I think). The bad news? It’s really hard to photograph in a way that the color shows accurately!!! I mean, REALLY hard!! So let me show you what I have.
First, you’ll remember that I originally tried staining the boards. That was WAY too dark…
So after I applied the rest of the boards and stained them, I did a dry brush with white paint on the whole thing. When it was finished, it looked like this…
I really liked the ceiling like this, but my kitchen is so tiny, I felt like it was still too dark. So I dry brushed it once again. You can see in this photo the difference that it made. The six or so rows closest to the wall have the second coat of dry-brushing on them.
After doing the whole kitchen ceiling, it looked like this…
Here you can see the three different “stages”. The boards closest to the top of the photo just have stain and black paint in the grooves, which also got onto the edges of the boards. The second section has been dry-brushed once. The third section has been dry-brushed twice.
And again, the section on the left has been dry-brushed twice, while the section on the right has been dry-brushed only once.
And here’s the finished kitchen ceiling (I think). I didn’t get all of the trim up, and none of it is painted.
And here’s what it looks like in the breakfast room. Interestingly, when the lights are on, the ceiling looks darker. When the lights are off, it looks whiter.
That’s my ceiling…for now. I’m really curious to get your feedback because I’m still a little unsure about it. Sometimes I look at it and think, “Wow, I love it!” Other times, I think, “I think I just need to paint it.” I’m not sure if it just takes getting used to, or if it’s too dark, or if I’m just being wishy-washy.
So I’d like to do a little democratic decorating here. I’ve made it really easy for you to tell me what you think I should do with my ceiling. Seriously, majority rules on this one. I’m feeling really unsure, so I’m leaving it up to you!!
Thanks in advance for your input!!
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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