Conversation overheard at work on Friday:
Coworker 1: So what all are you going to do in your bedroom this week?
Me: Well, we're going to paint and change the trim. I really hope we'll have enough time to finish it all.
Coworker 2: Well you're just painting...
Coworker 1: Mike and Amber don't "just" do anything. They're probably going to be teaching themselves how to use a lathe to cut their own trim.
With those prophetic words, we started our week off to redo our bedroom. And, fittingly, I was cruising through a design blog looking for ideas when I saw a post about removing popcorn ceiling. Our popcorn ceilings have never bothered me. I don't even notice them. But Mike has a deep loathing for them. On the other hand, I have a deep love for crown molding, as I have a deep love for anything ostentatious. Alas, one cannot install crown molding over popcorn ceilings, because the edges are uneven.
So we decided to not "just" paint the walls, replace the doors, take out the trim, and replace the trim, but also remove the popcorn ceilings and install crown molding. Whew. As it turns out, taking out popcorn ceilings isn't very hard. Just incredibly messy.
We first took out every last thing in the room, removed all the trim and the light switch covers. Then we covered the floors with plastic and taped over the outlets. We didn't cover the walls because we're going to wash the walls and paint them.
Then we just sprayed the ceiling down with water, waited a few minutes, then scraped it off. It was very satisfying. But a huge mess. Wet goo was everywhere. Mike has it plastered to his scalp. I had it in unmentionable places. It's about the consistency of the putty you use on papier mache. It was also fun to use as snowballs, since there's no real snow to throw at Mike. Here is Mike in his ski googles scraping away. Next, Mike used drywall mesh to sand the entire ceiling. Then he primed it. Then he applied texture. Meanwhile, I was taping and preparing our doors for painting. Now our arms are so tired, I'm not sure how we'll do everything this week.