So I tried to paint our kitchen ceiling this weekend and get it looking normal. I failed. Here’s the rest of the story:
We had our horrible fluorescent light fixture replaced with recessed lighting while we had an electrician here for the fireplace project. Here’s a shot of our kitchen at Christmas. See the giant light fixture? (Not the ugly one on the left. The ugly one in the middle.)
Here’s another shot to show you how enormous it was.
After the fixture came down, we found out why it was so big. Can you see the 3 huge holes poked in the ceiling near the center? Apparently Huge Fixture was also tasked with hiding those holes. And you can also see the damage to the drywall where the old fixture had been stapled up.
So the drywall needed to be fixed. Luckily, we had the “drywall guy” coming the next day for the fireplace work, and he fixed the ceiling at the same time. Updating the lights was definitely a spur of the moment decision, but we are VERY GLAD we went ahead and did it – even though the drywall was a bit of an issue, because I’m not sure there would be a lot of motivation to get it done if the electrician wasn’t standing right in front of me.
Mudded. Soon to be textured.
And up until Saturday, our ceiling looked like this:
The holes have been fixed and the drywall is all better, but it needed to be primed and painted in order to be completely done with this project.
Priming was no problem of course. But it concerned me, because the primer was waaaaay whiter than the rest of the ceiling.
Not knowing what color our ceiling was painted (and assuming it to be whatever builders typically use on ceilings), I consulted the friendly Home Depot paint department and came home with flat white (untinted) paint. Slapped some up there to see if it matched. Um, no. Not even close!
Awesome. Now we know the kitchen ceiling has been painted something other than “builder-basic”. After looking a little closer at the contrast between the primed and unprimed areas, it’s not with flat paint, and it’s obviously not pure white.
Another shot of how awesome it looks at the moment.
Yet another mystery handed down from our home’s prior owners. Have I mentioned I am LOATHE (yes, that’s right, LOATHE!) to paint the whole ceiling (it goes into the laundry room) because I don’t want the extra work of redoing/protecting the perfect dark edges in that room?
Back to HD for me to figure out my next step.
Orange you glad you don’t have this problem?
Happy Monday, even if you have a multi-tonal ceiling :)