Hall Project

March 2, 2008

Be forewarned: this post is not about Anders. There are no pictures of Anders. There is a sliver of Anders’ room in a couple photos, but that’s it. Read on if you dare (or care).

Last week my computer was at Mac Services for repair. It was gone for two days, which is pretty quick. But, that left me with two evenings where I could not work after Anders went to bed. I am woefully dependent on my computer. So, I decided to take on the hallway.

Those of you who have been to our house know that it is aesthetically challenged. Most of the ceilings are covered with sprayed-on popcorn. But that’s not the worst of it. There is about 25 lbs/per foot of glitter mixed into that popcorn. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked myself, “What were these people thinking?”. We know that no one will ever buy this house with glitter ceilings–only someone poor and desperate would do that. The glitter has to go.

With the computer gone and a few free evenings on my hands, I decided it was time to take on the hallway. Thank goodness it is small.

I didn’t think to take a photo before I began scraping, but here is one from soon thereafter. You’ll get the picture.

The hallway just after I started scraping...

The hallway just after I started scraping…

The process is pretty much this:
1. Cover floor with drop cloth
2. Spray ceiling with one of those contraptions you get at the hardware store to spray weeds in the yard. Use water–not weed killer for this project.
3. Jump out of the way as water drips down on your head, being thankful you didn’t use weed killer.
4. Stand on a stool and scrape wet, muddy popcorn with a small scraper.
5. Rinse eye with water when glitter glob falls in.
6. Hope there isn’t asbestos in this stuff.
7. Continue scraping for four hours or until as much is gone as possible.

After four hours of scraping.

After four hours of scraping.

After I scraped as much as I could, I discovered the ceiling wasn’t smooth (even before I gouged it with the scraper). Luckily, I have some experience with covering ceiling problems.

When I pulled the acoustic tiles off the living room ceiling a couple years ago I discovered thick blobs of rock hard adhesive (1/2-1 inch thick) every few inches. There was no way to get these off. So, I covered the ceiling with 350 lbs of drywall mud. I was laughed at and mocked, but everyone now admits it looks pretty good.

So, to keep consistency over our heads I would have to do the same in the hallway. This time it only took one hour (vs. 9 months–the living room was epic) and I barely used an 1/8 of one box of mud since there was so little texture to cover.

With a thin coat of drywall mud.

With a thin coat of drywall mud.

When I get back from Argentina, I’ll paint and replace the light fixture.

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