|Ceiling before, but after the closets were torn out.|
And a close-up of one corner, where a stove pipe used to go. . . .
|Where the old chimney pipe used to go|
The house was originally heated with coal and there is evidence in each room of where a coal burning stove used to be. The problem with this corner is that when the stove pipe was installed, a hole was simply cut in the ceiling to accommodate the pipe, but with no structural support for the ceiling itself. Over time, the ceiling sagged in this corner. Being 90 year old tongue and groove boards, the sag is pretty much petrified into the boards now. We discussed what to do about it. Based on time and money, we'll just live with it.
Still, we want the room to look nice. For purely decorative effect, Dan wanted to add some pseudo beams made of stained 2x4s.
|Dan stained 2x4s for a beam look. In the lower left you can see the|
storage compartment Dan made when he began to rebuild the closet
Dan doesn't care for the tongue and groove, however, so we decided to cover the ceiling in between the beams. We like the styrofoam tiles we use in the hall bathroom, and went with that again. They look nice, are inexpensive, paintable, add a little insulation, and cover a multitude of ceiling flaws.
|Styrofoam ceiling tiles|
I bought the tiles from Antique Ceilings on Amazon. They have a good selection and are about half the price of elsewhere.
|I alternated the pattern to prevent a striped or checkerboard look.|
My problem was that they don't quite cover the space between the beams.
|Cutting strips of foam tiles to fill the narrow gaps next to the beams|
I cut strips to fill in the gaps. Not what the professionals would do, I know, but as my grandmother used to say, "No one will notice on a galloping horse."
|My piecing doesn't really seem to show, does it?|
The foam takes paint very well and with regular ceiling paint, the ceiling looks like painted tin or a molded plaster.
|My apologies for the wonky picture! This is as far as I've|
gotten for now. You can compare unpainted tiles in the
upper left corner. And you can still see where the ceiling sags.
Unfortunately, I have yet to finish that. It got too cold before I was done and I would rather paint when I can crack the window and put in a fan to vent the smell. I don't suppose the ceiling is going anywhere, so I'll have to wait till springtime to finish this project.
Master Bedroom: New Ceiling © January 2014