November 19, 2010

Progress On The Bathroom Ceiling

Now that most of the garden chores are pretty much done and the pantry is organized, I feel like I have a little more time for other projects, specifically, the bathroom. Dan's going to work on the plumbing (post on that soon), so I volunteered to do the ceiling and walls.

This was the photo I showed you on my last bathroom update post. The first step, was to replace the old drywall tape.

Pulling off the old was the easy part. Putting up the new, less so. Not that it's a hard job, but having never been a mud pie girl, it was both messy and awkward.

Still, I managed.

Here it is, after the new tape was applied and the joint compound had dried. I wish I had gotten a photo of that corner after I pulled the old tape off. It had a huge gap, more than 1/4 inch, but I filled it before I remembered the camera.

The next step will be sanding, and then painting the ceiling. Once Dan finishes plumbing the bathroom sink, I can get started on that, and then the wallpaper. We're still busy with outside chores and projects, so working on the bathroom is somewhat random. After no progress for most of the summer though, it's nice to be doing something with this room once again.

Related Posts:
Bathroom Renovation: Planning Ahead
Bathroom Renovation: Neglected But Not Forgotten

Progress On The Bathroom Ceiling © November 2010 by Leigh at


Theresa said...

Oh great job Leigh! I was a mud pie girl and still have to get into a groove doing joint compound/tape mudding etc.
Wall paper? Oh you are brave. I avoid wall paper in areas that tend to get steamy. Have you got your sample picked out? I bet it's pretty!

Renee Nefe said...

I was a mud pie girl, but I've never tried dry wall. something tells me that it isn't as much fun.

I hope we see awesome finished bathroom pictures soon.

Mama Pea said...

Wanna hire out doing drywall? Your taping job looks pretty good to me!

Doing any kind of work with your arms over your head is particularly challenging, I think. My mom (the Wallpaper Queen) and I once wallpapered not only walls but the CEILING in a bedroom. Ask me if THAT was fun? (Actually, it was such a comedy of errors that we both ended up laughing so hard we had to stop periodically to compose ourselves. And rest screaming muscles!)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Looks good. FYI, if you're thinking about adding safety grab bars (really glad we did!), now would be the time to locate the studs before painting. --Sue in MA

Nina said...

Stalled reno projects can be frustrating, regardless of the reason. Good that you're back at it.. nice job with the drywall.

Leigh said...

Theresa, thanks! I've seen how well you did your bathroom, so your compliment is appreciated.

I confess that I love wallpaper. You're right about steam as a potential problem but now that we've added ventilation, it will be okay. I already have the wallpaper, have actually carried it around with years after finding it on clearance for $2 a roll. It's a plaid (another love of mine) in blue, yellow, white, and a bit of green.

Renee, I don't know about "soon" but you will be seeing them eventually. :)

Mama Pea, me? HA! ;)

I can't imagine wallpapering a ceiling. I've heard of it before, in a Ralph Moody book where he describes their attempt to wallpaper the ceiling. It's hilarious reading. I gather that it used to be the fashion in the early 1900s.

Sue, so good to hear from you! Do you mean one of those grab bars for the shower? There's one already in. Of course, whether or not it's installed correctly is another matter. Some things they did around the place are done well. Other things, we're still scratching our heads at.

Nina, thanks! Actually, I can't complain at how long this is taking. We made decisions based on priorities. The delay has helped us think some things through though. I'm working on a post about that.

bspinner said...

Great job Leigh!!! Looks great! Can't wait to see the finished bathroom.

Benita said...

Wow! You did a great job.

What colors are you going to go with in there? Is this the itty-bitty bathroom that you showed us earlier?

Leigh said...

Barb, me too!

Benita, it's one and the same. Still tiny and still a challenge :). I have a blue, yellow, white, and green plaid wall paper, to match a flowered shower curtain with the same colors. I bought blue floor tile to match. Toilet and sink are white, and we're planning on white wainscoting, trim, and accessories. The only undecided is window treatment.

Robin said...

Cool! Lee has been reading up on all things drywall so I actually know what drywall tape is now. :P