Repairing and Finishing

The homemade stairs to the attic in the Cottage were replaced with a new disappearing attic ladder.

The enlarged opening. Part of the old opening will need to be covered and repaired.

Moving the ladder created a large section of ceiling that needed to be repaired.

The brown area hides the stairs; the white area is a patch.

The carpenter filled the hole with drywall and 3 layers of joint compound.

Everything on the ceiling was painted green to draw attention away from the new door.

The ceiling was then trimmed with crown molding.

The ceiling details are all painted green.

The tenant painted the patched ceiling and stair door the grey-green ceiling color.

The beam before being painted.
Painting the beam gave the ceiling trim some punch.

She also decided to paint the beam that runs from the front to the back of the Cottage the same ceiling color. That decision really made the new white crown molding pop.

What color is your ceiling?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Repairing and Finishing”

  1. That is a great improvement! My ceilings are white ceiling tiles water stained in a few places from a bad roof that was replaced before I bought the house. I primed over some of the stains, then found more, and never finished the job. Oh well. My living room ceiling is wood and I love it.

    1. Water-stained ceiling tiles are difficult — sometimes multiple coats of primer are necessary. And ceilings in general are always larger than we expect (aching shoulders and neck). Wood ceiling sounds lovely. Jo

  2. The new trap door looks much better! I finally have all my ceilings painted the same color–Valspar Summer Gray, a very pale gray that reads as white until you think about it. The bathroom is the exception: it’s robin’s egg blue.

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