One of the major projects I had to complete before I could put my SoCal house on the market was the kitchen ceiling.
Sometime in mid-to-late 2012 I decided that I wanted a tin ceiling in the kitchen. I thought it would look fabulous and it would complete the visual separation of the three areas in the great room (kitchen, dining area and family room). The floors were different (carpet in the family room, large area rug in dining area and linoleum in kitchen) and the same for the walls (rust in the family room and olive green in the dining area and kitchen).
Unfortunately, on-line research told me that installing a true tin ceiling was more work than I was willing to tackle, and having grown up in a do-it-yourself household, I wasn’t willing to pay someone else to do it. Home Depot and Lowes had tiles that you could adhere to an existing ceiling and then paint, but most of the reviews for these were negative because the tiles were on the fragile side. Since I would have to be cutting these to fit around recessed lighting, a vent and cabinets, I ruled out this option as well.
Undeterred, I let this project stew in my brain for a few weeks until the solution made itself known.
I would PAINT the ceiling with metallic paint then stencil the tile pattern on top!! :-)
Since I had cabinets along two walls but open space along the other two sides where the kitchen ended, I needed to mark off where the “tile” ceiling would end. That in itself was a tedious task given that I was working solo and measure across 12’…on the ceiling not the floor or wall. It took some time but I was successful, blue tape marking the outer edges in perfectly straight lines. Well, perfectly straight as long as the cabinets were straight!
At Home Depot I read the instructions on the can of Rustoleum paint and discovered that I needed to prime the surface too, so along with silver paint and paint brushes & rollers, a can of white primer landed in my cart.
And then I went home and painted.
After a few days I decided I didn’t like the plain silver even though it would have stencilled tiles on top. Tin isn’t just one color, especially after it ages. Back to Home Depot I went to purchase a painting sponge and cans of gold, light grey and copper Rustoleum paint. And gloves so I wouldn’t have to deal with removing paint from my hands.
That weekend I sprayed the gold paint into a paint tray and sponged accents on the ceiling. It looked okay to me so I repeated with the other two colors.
And then the project stalled. I was terrified that it wasn’t going to work out right even though I had every step carefully mapped out in my head. The frustrating part was that the ceiling really did visually define the kitchen area as you can see from this picture, so if anything, I should have had MORE confidence that it would work out. :-(
I finally screwed up the courage a few months later to get this moving again so off to Home Depot I went to purchase chalk line supplies. I carefully made a mark every 15″ along all four edges then snapped chalk lines…I love when I get to try something new!
The next step was painting the chalk lines black using a very fine paint brush. I was doing this freehand, and honest to goodness, I had to keep reminding myself to breath! The lines weren’t great, blobby in some areas, but I figured I’d touch them up if they were still noticeable after I added the stencils. Basically, after the hours it took to do this I was ready to be done.
Fear set in again and the project stalled. I’m not sure why because it was easy from here on in. The chalk lines were (more or less) the exact measurement of the outer edge of the stencil, so all I had to do was spray the tacky stuff on the back of the stencil, pop it inside a square and rat-a-tat-tat the paint onto the ceiling.
Yet I was nearly paralyzed with fear that it wasn’t going to work out.
Then CHA came and went and it was time to interview realtors so the ceiling either had to be completed or covered up.
I purchased a can of dark grey Rustoleum paint and 2 cans of tacky stencil spray then went to work bright and early one Saturday morning. By the end of the weekend I was thrilled! The empty squares plus the partial tiles along both cabinet walls were all that remained to be completed before I could pull of the remaining blue painter’s tape.
I tried doing some stenciling at night during the week but the reflective nature of the Rustoleum paint created a lot of problems so I had to set aside finishing this up until the following weekend.
Meanwhile…out in the garage…the two stencils I was using (both the same) were able to thoroughly dry in preparation for their final use.
When the weekend arrived I went right to work after my morning coffee Saturday and was able to complete everything but one row of partial tiles. Sunday morning I tackled those and removed the blue tape. When I stepped back and looked at the ceiling I was thrilled with the results! The kind of thrilled that had me doing a victory dance while giggling!!!
The only bad part of this project? I procrastinated so long that I didn’t get to enjoy the results for a longer period of time.