And remember my lofty plans for this week? Yeah, about that….none of that happened. Work was insane (I.N.S.A.N.E.) this week, and I purchased Flip 7 this week, so my schedule had very limited time. But I was determined to at least knock out the ceiling project. I really anticipated that being a fairly easy DIY project.
I was wrong.
In my mind, I was going to strip the white paint off the shiplap ceiling, and then I would stain it. I’ve stripped paint off wood a gazillion times. This is not difficult. So I allocated about 1-2 days for the ceiling project. But as with just about every DIY reno project, things don’t typically go as planned. Once I started stripping off the paint, I realized there were multiple layers of paint. It was going to take several attempts of stripping the paint to get the natural wood to show.
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Since Plan A didn’t work out, I then moved on to Plan B. I chose some peel and stick vinyl planks to create a wood look ceiling since I wasn’t going to get the real thing. Again, in my head, this seemed like a really easy plan. I added additional adhesive to the planks and starting gluing them to the ceiling.
And they started falling.
So I nailed them.
And they kept falling.
Gravity was working against me. And the reason I didn’t choose laminate snap and lock for the ceiling like you see all across Pinterest was because the ceiling is actually curved. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but there is a curve and laminate planks are a hard, durable product not conducive to a curved surface.
So for Plan C, I’m just painting the ceiling. That’s how DIY projects go, right? You try one thing, and then you monitor and adjust when things don’t work out. If you remember from my design board, I’m going with a classic black and white design for this room. So rather than having a wood tone ceiling, I’m going bold and painting the ceiling Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron. It’s my new favorite deep charcoal. I’m really excited about how this color will pair with the grout in the tile, and the white shiplap walls will balance the boldness of this color.
And while I didn’t make any visible progress on the room itself this week, I did get some things purchased for the room! Do you follow WhoaWaitWalmart on Instagram? I do because (A. Walmart is King in NWA) & they post really cool things you wouldn’t guess were at Walmart. I had been hunting for just the right patio set for the sunroom, and I was coming up short. Everything I liked was over $1,000…and I’m not spending that much! But then they posted this adorable modern patio set in the exact colors I wanted…for less than $300! *(Note: no longer available online)*.
So even though this week is more discouraging than last week, I did get something accomplished– I learned what won’t work, and sometimes, that’s half the battle with renovations. I’m hopeful this coming week I’ll be able to knock a lot of visible progress!
So what’s on the agenda for this week?
*Paint the ceiling
*Install new bead board
*Replace ceiling fan
*And if I have tons of time (yeah right), paint the walls