Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ceiling Woes

So there's a crack in the popcorn texture of our ceiling, and it's getting worse. We had someone out to look at it, and he said it's caused by water damage - oh, boy. The roof on our house was replaced less than six months before we bought it, so I am hoping that if it's related to that it will be covered by warranty or insurance (although I really don't want to file another insurance claim...). But in the meantime we have to figure out what to do about the ceiling.

We're not a fan of the popcorn texture, and had kind of sort of always thought we'd get rid of it, but our hand is sort of being forced here. If there is a leak or water damage, we need to address that asap, and while we're doing it, we might as well remove the texture from the landing/stairway and the other bedroom upstairs as well.

We talked about doing the work ourselves, but it doesn't seem like a good plan for a number of reasons. I called around to get some quotes, but so far have only had one company return my phone calls - I would like to get at least one more quote to make sure it's a good price. Right now, we're being quoted $1200 for the one room or $1575 for the entire job. It'll cover everything from removal and disposal of materials to sanding and refinishing, plus painting with Kilz and a no-VOC ceiling paint, and any repair that needs to be made due to water damage. The project is expected to take five days.

I'm not sure whether I'm more dismayed at the price or the time estimate - although most of the time is for the ceiling to dry after removal and between paintings. We'll be displaced into the guest room for that time, although we should still have access to the upstairs bathroom (the only shower!). The price is unpleasant but manageable for us, and in terms of frustration per hour, it makes sense to pay someone else to deal with it.

We haven't quite decided how to go forward just yet. I'll be making some calls to try to get another estimate, but I'm not sure what else we can do - my number one choice, to just ignore the situation, is probably not the best option.

Have you ever dealt with home projects that you just did not want to deal with? How much did it cost, and how did you handle it?


  1. Yep, we've been ignoring the bathroom fan that sounds like a jet taking off because we just can't get into replacing it. But that's far less dire than your situation! fingers crossed that you can get a better estimate :/

  2. My mom recently removed the popcorn ceiling texture from one of her spare bedrooms, and it was such a laborious and physically taxing process that she's decided to not worry about the rest of the house. She did it for cosmetic reasons though. Based on her experience, I definitely support your plan to pay someone else to do it.

  3. I always watch the house hunters and other types of shows and shake my head when they refuse to buy a house because of paint colors or such...but then I can't say too much because I'm pretty sure that I would never ever buy a house that had popcorn ceilings installed. Get rid of them, you'll never regret it.


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