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Weekend Warrior: Master Bedroom Edition

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The war against the popcorn ceiling continues.

Friday night we moved all of our stuff out of the bedroom and closet, much to our dog’s concern and the cats’ delight. When the bedroom was empty our youngest cat, Lucky, took great pleasure in running crazy, bouncy laps around the empty space with her tail poofed out and arched high behind her. Almost everything from our bedroom is sitting in our living room, which also thrills the cats. “HELL YEAH, NEW PLAYGROUND! GOOD JOB, HUMANS.” There are things I don’t want them getting into and I loathe when they sit on my dresser, but it can’t be helped, so I’m just “…eh, don’t knock my perfumes over.”

Saturday I spread the plastic sheets out on the floor, set up the ladder, gathered up my various scrapers, and got to work. I immediately noticed a difference between this ceiling and the popcorn I removed from the bathroom ceiling. I’m not quite sure what the difference is, it could be any of these or all of them: 1, that they are two different types of popcorn, 2, that the popcorn in the bathroom might have been painted, as it was difference in appearance from the popcorn in the bedroom, or 3, that the popcorn in the bathroom had been loosened over time by the steam from the many showers taken in that room. The popcorn ceiling in the bathroom was easier to remove than the popcorn in the bedroom, I’d never had to spray the bathroom popcorn with water. I had a couple of empty cleaning style spray bottles that I hadn’t used for anything yet, so I filled them up with water, sprayed the ceiling, and that did the trick. Everything was easy after that, although I had a little accident when I let the cold, wet popcorn fall onto the hot light bulbs in the light fixture over the bathroom vanity (which is not actually IN the bathroom) and broke three of the bulbs. Oops. I took several breaks to refill my water bottles and rehydrate myself, but I was still done in less than five hours. If I hadn’t stopped for dinner I might have gotten the closet ceiling scraped as well, but once I’d been sitting for a little while I couldn’t convince myself to climb back up the ladder again.

Sunday morning I got into the master closet, removed the light fixture from the ceiling and instead set up a lamp in the closet doorway that I could move out of the way as needed. I spread out more plastic sheets on the floor in there, as well as on the top shelves, and got to spraying and scraping. I was done with the closet fairly quickly but was definitely starting to feel the effects of being on a ladder for so much time over the weekend, reaching above me, tilting my head back this way and that. I had planned to start sanding the ceiling to remove any remaining dust but I didn’t think I’d get very far, so instead I went back to the bathroom vanity area and removed the three light bulbs I broke on Saturday. I ended up removing the light fixture entirely and fired up my steamer so I could get the last few scraps of wallpaper off the wall that I hadn’t removed before because of the light fixture being there. I continued removing other small scraps of wallpaper that had been left behind on an adjacent wall, as well. That wall will need to be patched up with some drywall mud along with the rest of the bathroom, but it’s one more thing knocked off the list, so hurray!

I didn’t put in as many hours on Sunday as I did on Saturday, but my hands were really starting to suffer – cuts, bruises, swelling, and pain in my left forearm for no apparent reason. I took a shower and by the time I was done my feet were hurting so bad I could barely walk, but damn, I feel accomplished. Still much to do, and I’m mentally formulating a plan for reworking my master closet – not yet, Michelle, one project at a time! – but I think by 4th of July weekend we’ll be ready to paint the¬†ceiling and walls and shampoo the carpet, that’s the bit I’m most excited for.

So here’s what I’ve been working on

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This is a photo of the tub, toilet, and linen closet area of our master bathroom, taken during our first walk through of this house before we bought it. What I’ve finally been working on the past few weekends is removing the wallpaper and popcorn ceiling and prepping the walls and ceiling for paint. This has been a huge chore for such a small space for a few reasons, the first of which is that I think they pasted the wallpaper to the walls with Super Glue. It took me two and a half weekends to remove all of the wallpaper. I scored the wallpaper and sprayed with DIF but that just wasn’t working out at all, so I brought out my steamer and put in a mixture of water and vinegar, which eventually did the trick. Between the vinegar and the smell of the wallpaper paste it was really stinky, but I am so glad to have that wallpaper down. I detest wallpaper, I vote to outlaw it.

The second reason this has been a huge chore is that when I decided I was ready to remove the popcorn ceiling, I WAS READY TO REMOVE THE POPCORN CEILING. Meaning I was too impatient to take 20 minutes away from the project to drive my happy butt to the store to pick up a face mask to prevent me from inhaling the dust from the texture as I scraped it off. Bonus points for inhaling the dust from a popcorn ceiling removal at the height of allergy season. Wheezing is fun. When it came time to sand down the ceiling and walls prior to prepping them with drywall mud, best believe I had more than one face mask at the ready! And safety glasses!

So what’s next?
1 – Replacing some drywall tape that was torn as I scraped off the popcorn. Also applying drywall tape to the very top edge of the drywall in the skylight, up next to the window itself, to stop the peeling edges and smooth them out.
2 – Applying drywall mud to the walls and ceiling and sanding that down smooth.
3 – Prime and paint. Flat white paint for the ceiling, a pale blue for the walls (still working on which color this will be), cabinet painted white inside and out.

I’m planning on completing the drywall tape and mud portion of the list this coming weekend. We’ll see what actually happens.