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The Evolution Of My Ceiling

Good morning and happy Monday to you!! I hope you had a fantastic and restful weekend. Mine? Meh…

I don’t think that there are words in the English language that would adequately describe how very tired I am of working on my kitchen and breakfast room ceiling. I’m pretty sure that I’ve spent more hours on a ladder in the last week-and-a-half than I have in all of my life cumulatively up until that point.

I seldom have the thought enter my head that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But with this project, that crossed my mind several times. Actually, what I’ve thought is more along the lines of…I’ve bitten off more than I WANT to chew.

Of course, it didn’t help that I took a major detour and added hours and hours of needless work when I decided that I wanted to see how the ceiling looked stained. And then I added even more hours by dry brushing the entire ceiling…TWICE.

So let’s review:

I started off staining the ceiling with the same stain I used on my butcherblock countertops…but it looks a hundred times darker on the ceiling.

So then I dry-brushed the ceiling with some white paint…

That lightened it up some, but it was still too dark. So I dry-brushed the entire thing a second time…

That lightened it up quite a bit, but I was still undecided. At times I would look at it and absolutely LOVE it. Other times, I didn’t like it at all.

So after putting it to a vote last Monday, the vast majority of you decided that it needed to be A WHOLE LOT lighter. So now, after hours and hours of painting those cracks with a 1-inch brush…TWICE…and then rolling on two coats of paint, my ceiling looks like this…

Oh yeah…I really like this. But as you can see, I still haven’t finished the trim work. Uugghhh!!! Yes, with all of my detours, I definitely bit off more than I want to chew on this one.

The moral of the story…if you’re working on a really large-scale project, and you have a great plan, stick with that plan!!!  Save the detours and the tests and the “Hmmm…I wonder what would happen if I…” type of thoughts for your smaller-scale projects, or when it’s said and done, you may never want to climb a ladder or pick up another paint brush ever again.



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23 Comments

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    Christy
    March 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    It looks GREAT, Kristi! Is your neck sore?

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    beth
    March 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I really like that, too!! I am so glad you finally got your ceiling completed, and that you are completely satisfied with it. Now you can get that trim finished up, and forget about the ceiling! 🙂
    Hope you have a great day!
    Beth.

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    Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Love it!!! Just wondering…can you tell that the sheetrock was uneven? It looks fine in the picture.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    March 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I think if people were LOOKING for unevenness, they would see it, but I really think you'd have to know it was there in order to see it.

    And yes…my neck is SORE!!!! 😀

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    Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I am so glad you finished painting your ceiling! It looks soooo great! I am in the process of scraping the popcorn off my ceilings. Wow what a mess! Why did anyone ever think that looked good. I want to do your wood treatment to my kitchen ceiling so I can avoid scraping! Plus I need to move some electical boxes so that would hide the holes. I think I will paint my wood before installing so I won't have to kill my neck!
    LLinKS

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    Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Looks great Kristi. I liked the aged wood but the lights look better blended into the white.

    Dee

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    Sarah
    March 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    It is awesome!! I hope you think that in the end it was worth it! Beautiful!

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    Josh and Brittany
    March 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I went to Chili's this weekend, They have the same ceiling (but yours looks better)!!

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    Liz
    March 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    It looks AMAZING! I love it!

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    Beth
    March 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Aww man I loved the wood look. But your style is awesome !

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    Cammee
    March 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Haha! Your post made me laugh because I have the same affliction. I'm an instant gratification kind of girl, so I want to see the finished project pronto, even if that means sidelining the whole of the project to peek at a portion. Your ceiling looks fantastic! Now you have a good excuse to go get a massage :).

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    Maryellyn
    March 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Kristi, great job on the ceiling, I feel your pain! It looks so refreshing, yet cozy and charming! I check your blog daily I love it, and find it and YOU so interesting; it inspires me! Thanks, Maryellyn

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    ~*~Felicia~*~
    March 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    L-O-V-E IT!!! So glad you painted it! It looks GREAT!!!

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    Laurie
    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Kristy, once it is done you won't ever have to do that again, and it will look beautiful!

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    Kim-A Creative Spirit
    March 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    OH MY Kristi….it was worth all the work. Now you know for SURE that this is the best option for your kitchen. Just think how much you have learned for future client projects.

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    Anne
    March 15, 2011 at 2:24 am

    What everyone else has said…it looks AMAZING!!! I don't envy you the work, but I sure envy you the gorgeous ceiling. 😀

    You truly are an inspiration!

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    The O's
    March 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    oh my goodness, I feel for you. That's a lot of work but wow does it look so great!

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    Leigh
    March 16, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I lurve the ceiling…and everything else you do! You're a machine I tell ya!!!

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    kelsey
    March 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    It looks great. And the white looks the best of all. Good choice!! 🙂

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    NumberMonkey
    March 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Wow and again WOW! We had popcorn ceilings in our old house so I know the nightmare of ceiling decorating but so worth it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Maryellyn
    April 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Kristi, great job on the ceiling, I feel your pain! It looks so refreshing, yet cozy and charming! I check your blog daily I love it, and find it and YOU so interesting; it inspires me! Thanks, Maryellyn

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    Beth
    April 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Aww man I loved the wood look. But your style is awesome !

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    Josh and Brittany
    April 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I went to Chili's this weekend, They have the same ceiling (but yours looks better)!!

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