I love popcorn. Kettlecorn, cheddar, butter… you name it. Popcorn ceiling is another matter. I loath popcorn ceilings, especially if they need to painted or, *gasp*, repaired.
In January we decided to tackle the water stain on the downstairs bathroom ceiling. Easier said than done. After removing the damaged popcorn ceiling, and patching with spackle, we used Litex Popcorn Patch. Supposedly, you can apply to the ceilings with a putty knife and it should match existing popcorn. Eh. Not so much. It came down the next night and we were back to Lowes.
Next, we tried Homax Ceiling Texture, which is an aerosol application. This was quite an adventure. We actually had to cut up garbage bags and hang them from the ceiling to prevent the splatter from going all over the room. It reminded me a bit of Dexter. Anywho… at first it looked like this was failure as well. However, Steve patiently blotted the goo with paper towels until the popcorn was almost seamless. We have a winner!
24 hours later I put on 1 coat of white. A full month later I finally got around to putting on a 2nd and final coat of white paint. Now painting popcorn ceiling is one of my least favorite activities in the world. During our den painting excursion, we decided to paint the popcorn ceiling as well. After some research, I saw that using a slotted roller will lead to a pretty good result. Wrong! Steve actually found that the best (painstaking though it may be) is to use a sponge. So that is what we did. And here we are with the final picture:
You can barely tell where the repair is. Can you spot it? It is actually the back right of the light to the back left of the light.
I wish I had a before picture to show you, because this little popcorn ceiling project actually two-fold. We (or shall I say, Steve) repaired the ceiling fan as well. Before, a guest coming into the bathroom would be deafened by the noise that came out of that fan. After replacing the motor, it is almost silent. I came in made the light look pretty again. I am pretty sure the fixture is original to the house, so it was yellowed and needed some love. I ordered a new light cover (the little plastic piece in the middle of the light) and spray painted the surround white. Viola. Rather than removing and installing a new fan ($100+) we have a good-as-new fan for less than $50. Woot!
Here is another picture for you:
When we first arrived in our home there was quite an overwhelming amount of work that needed to be done. Granted, the house was built in the 1980s… So it isn’t as bad as some of the shows you see on HGTV… But still. Updating needed to be done.
What to do? What to start with? Easy, quick and cheap updates that change the feel of the room, of course! Step one: faceplates.
These are what the previous owners left us:
As Steve so accurately stated earlier today, “The one on the right looks like it belongs in Frankenstein’s castle next to some candelabras.” I could not have said it better myself.
And off we went to Lowes for some updated faceplates:
(Of course this change was made before we painted our walls. Note the ugly gold color. Eek!)
It is amazing how much a simple change can alter the feeling of a room, even when the color on the wall is… shall we say… not so perfect (cough * gold * cough). Instantly the room got pulled into the 21st century and felt pulled together.
We were even able to update a faceplate with a little timer on it. We aren’t even sure the timer works, but at least it looks better now!
So the the new faceplates gave our downstairs a facelift. So easy! And for a few bucks a pop, a relatively cheap way to give your a room a little extra something.
Anyone have any other advice for easy updates? Ever had success with faceplate updating??
Til next time…
Crepes are fabulous. Yummy, light, easy and perfect for a lazy sunday morning.
I use this Basic Crepes recipe from All Recipes. Flour, eggs, water, butter, milk and salt. Poof!
Mix everything is a bowl and whisk until smooth. The batter is actually quite runny, which surprised me… but no worries it worked perfectly.
I sprayed my little non-stick pan with vegetable cooking spray and turned the burner on high.
Then I poured a litte less than a 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and swirled it around so the entire pan had an even coating of batter. The recipe says to cooke it for 2 minutes on each side, but I don’t like my crepes too brown. I just eye it until the crepe easily frees itself from the pan and it begins to lightly color. Flip!
In the meantime I cut up some strawberries and added some lemon and sugar. Let that sit for a few minutes so there is a nice syrup developing. In a small sauce pan I added a thinly sliced apple, a 1/2 cup of water and teaspoon of sugar. Let that boil until the apples get soft and the water is almost all evaporated. Viola apple sauce!
And here is the cast of characters: Apple sauce, Strawberries, Honey, Cinnamon.
Combine as you like! Here is Apple, Cinnamon and Honey.
All Done! Anyone else have good combinations for crepe toppings? Perhaps I will have to try a savory lunch/dinner crepe sometime!
This week’s Recipe Roundup! Since the weather has been so lovely… these are a few spring/summer inspired recipes that I came across this week…
Grapefruit Pomegranate Champagne Sorbet via Lemon Fire Brigade
Pina Colada Ice Pops via All Recipes
Lemon Coconut Waffles via Inspired by Charm
Grilled Chipotle-Rubbed Steaks With Lime Butter via Serious Eats