Should I cover area where ceiling once was?

The contractor and Home Depot say patches won't match, because they don't have the talent to do the job properly. You CAN patch a ceiling texture so that it will match. It is time consuming, and takes some 'art' to it, but it can be done. Ive repaired hundreds of ceilings, literally, from the so called 'dreaded popcorn' to the 'textured plaster'.

As someone else pointed out, you didnt describe which ceiling texture you have. Also, you did not describe WHY the ceiling needed to be patched.

The method for repairing most is going to be similar,but there will be some differences, depending on which type you have. I have tried the 'canned' popcorn texture, and there are at least 3 versions of it.... I didnt like the results of any of them.
Now, if you actually had to replace a piece of the sheetrock... you should have scraped the ceiling smooth, around your sheetrock 'patch'. Once the new piece is secured properly, and the joint tape has been applied, and smoothed...then...

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by Lee Wyatt (last updated November 1, 2013)

For some reason, people think that painting the ceiling is different from painting other walls or surfaces in the house. The truth of the matter is that while you may have to take a few extra precautions, the process is relatively the same. If you find yourself asking the question "Should I paint the ceiling," all you need to do is follow this process. Not only will you be able to decide whether you should paint your ceiling, but how to do it if you do decide to paint the ceiling.

Should you paint? Only one person can really answer the question of whether you should paint the ceiling or not, and that person is you. It all depends on the look you want, and whether painting the ceiling will help accomplish that look. If you do end up deciding to paint the ceiling typically you should choose a color that is a slightly lighter shade that the rest used in your room to help make the room look larger. For a cozier look, choose a...
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A coved ceiling is a type of ceiling design that features curved edges. Instead of sharp angles between the ceiling and walls like those found in most homes, coved ceilings feature smooth, soft edges. The ceiling perimeter features a concave profile, which means that the edges curve in towards the walls rather than out. Coved ceiling designs create a dome-like design, which is reminiscent of the arched ceiling style of Middle Eastern architecture.

These ceilings may feature a very rounded curve or a relatively shallow one, depending on construction and design. They are often paired with a tray or recessed ceiling, or special inlays used to enhance their appearance and house light fixtures. In high-end homes or historic buildings, a coved ceiling may be highly ornamental, with tiles and gilded elements used to add style.

Builders may rely on a number of construction methods to create a coved ceiling. Traditionally, these structures were built using layers of plaster...

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Looking up, you see several ugly holes in your ceiling. Fixing every hole with plaster can be difficult considering the location of...

Joint compound does what its name implies - it fills joints between drywall. Here's how to use it correctly, as well as...

Patching walls in ceilings requires the same technique as walls. It is complicated slightly by the fact that you are working over...

This article will show how to apply an access hole cover over a hole cut into drywall. This procedure will be used...

With the various types of light fixtures that fit on the ceiling, it is imperative to know the variations in the light...

Damage to the drywall on your ceiling can occur anywhere, but when it's near a ceiling fixture, you'll have to remove the...

A hole in the ceiling is an eyesore. If you are not equipped to patch the hole yourself, let the hole be...

Ceiling lights in your home can be an eyesore. Some homeowners cover...

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Stretch ceilings - one of the most interesting decorative materials, recently appeared on the Russian market.

The idea of modern suspended ceilings was born in the sixties. But the greatest development of this type of finishing the ceiling was in Europe at the end of the eighties and still is popular.

Indeed, repair ceiling associated with a long and tedious process, which costs money and time and energy consuming a lot.

It is necessary to move the furniture, cover things from dust and chalk, and (if repairs are invited experts) are unavoidable in the room a lot of people for quite a long period of vremeni.Ustanovku stretch ceiling produces a team of two or three persons, not leaving behind any collection and, in most cases, even moving furniture. Ready ceiling fixed to the perimeter of the mounting moldings, which can be set at a desired level. This method finishes by far the most successful and fast. For example, a suspended ceiling will take 3 times, and...

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Is Wetwall really waterproof? What does the ten year guarantee cover? I live in a hard water area – will watermarks show on my Wetwall? I sometimes get condensation in my bathroom. Will fitting Wetwall make any difference?


When do I need to use adhesive, and which type should I use?


When would you use an edging profile?


Why can’t Wetwall panels be used as a continuous wall lining? Should Wetwall be fitted after my bathroom sanitary ware is fitted, or can the panels be installed before anything else? When fitting Wetwall around the full bathroom, does it matter where you fit the first panel? What about the join between the panels and the floor? The back of my shower enclosure is 1700mm wide. Which panels should I use? Does it matter which way up Wetwall is used? Can I fit Wetwall panels myself? The panels are bowed, what should I do? Can panels be fitted to the ceiling? Can the panels be fitted directly to...
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Check your ceiling for asbestos. Though asbestos was no longer legal to use after the late 1970s, it was not uncommon for drywall compounds used in textured ceilings to contain asbestos. Carefully send a sample by scraping the ceiling into a plastic bag to an asbestos lab. If your ceiling does contain asbestos, professionals will have to do the sanding job for you.


Prepare the area where the ceiling will be sanded. Make sure all electrical outlets are covered well. Cover the floor in heavy duty plastic and bring it up the wall about 1 foot (0.3 m). Tape it in place. Cover the walls with heavy duty plastic and keep it in place with painter's tape all along the top so no dust can fall through. Make sure the plastic is long enough to reach the floor. Cover the floor with plastic for sanding a stipple ceiling and resin paper for sanding a popcorn ceiling.


Protect yourself with eye goggles, respirator mask and protective clothing. Sanding can...

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Designer Sara Story offers expert strategies, ideas, and product picks. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but for those who love lingering over meals with friends and family, the dining room shares that billing—especially during the holiday season. The right lighting fixture can make the room visually and practically, and contribute to mood and functionality. Here, New York City-based designer Sara Story, known for her elegant and eclectic interiors and a new line of graphic wallpaper, offers her tips and ideas on how best to light a dining room.

What’s important to keep in mind when lighting a dining room?

Sara Story: A dining room needs to have atmosphere and the perfect fixture and light output help achieve this goal. The light should sparkle and flatter. Usually a dining room is a smaller space with less going on than, say, a living room—fewer furnishings, often just a dining table and chairs. So a light fixture can be a central feature, like a...

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City living has its perks, but square footage is not one of them. So what did I do when confronted with my apartment’s tiny kitchen? I turned it into a jewel box, topped off with a wallpapered ceiling. The coolest thing about an embellished ceiling is that you don’t notice it right off the bat, but once you do, it brings real sparkle to the space. Start scrolling to see how I took my ceiling from drab to rental-friendly fab.

What You’ll Need:

A few rolls of temporary wallpaper Ladder Long ruler or other straight edge Mat knife A buddy

Step 1: Measure Your Ceiling

Start by choosing the orientation of your wallpaper pattern. Next, measure your ceiling’s length, to decide how long a piece of wallpaper you’ll need, and the width so see how many lengths of wallpaper it’ll take to cover the entire surface area. Once you have your measurements, cut lengths of paper that are about 12-inches longer than the ceiling’s length.

When hanging any wallpaper, its...

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I'm in the process of converting a 10'x11' bedroom into a master bathroom. I plan on removing the ceiling soon and it will be replaced when the drywallers come in a month or two.

My question is, should I use some sort of a tarp or something to cover the area that the ceiling was? If so, what should I use? How should I fasten it?

Also, should I just allow the insulation to come down with the ceiling when I take it down?

The room that we'll be removing the ceiling from. As you can see, all of the drywall has been removed as well as the carpet and pad so I'm not worried about the mess from the insulation.

What the ceiling texture looks like. We hate this texture and we're going to have it scraped by the drywallers but we were told that it would probably be just as cheap for them to put up a new ceiling and texture it plus this would give us good access for running new wiring, plumbing etc... (notice that it's not popcorn texture, but something else)...

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By Reuben Saltzman In Air Conditioner Covers On October 20, 2009

Summer is gone, fall is here, and it’s time to get around to all the fall chores – put up your storm windows, turn off the outside sillcocks, cover up the air conditioner… wait, scratch that last one. Don’t waste your time or money installing a cover on your AC unit. I’ve already seen people start to cover their air conditioners this year, but there’s no need to.

Why do people even install air conditioner covers? One company that sells covers claims that their AC cover “protects from dirt, hail, snow, ice, nesting animals, moisture, bitter cold, and harsh sunlight.” Wow, that list makes me not want to go outside. Let’s review those one at a time.

Dirt – When the fan on an AC unit is running, air will be sucked in on all sides of the unit, and this is when most dirt and dust accumulates. When the unit is just sitting dormant, outdoor contaminants don’t get sucked in. Hail – We don’t get...
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By Gil Johnson

A ceiling fan can add an interesting decorative touch to a room and will also make the room have a much more comfortable and even temperature. Ceiling fans well placed can increase the efficiency of air conditioners and furnaces because they very quietly mix the warmer air which rises near the ceiling with cooler air that settles near the floor.

Ceiling fan blades generally span a diameter of 36, 42, or 48 inches. You should choose the size that is best for the size of the room in which it is installed. A 48 inch fan spread may look best in a large room and one of that size may be needed to adequately circulate the air. Likewise, a smaller diameter fan spread will work nicely in a smaller sized room. Ceiling fans generally have either 4 or 5 fan blades.

The motor is equipped with a switch that will reverse the direction of rotation of the fan thus blowing air downward or pulling it upward. Pulling the air upward during the colder months...

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Randy is here again today to share another project from The Retreat Remodel: the ceiling makeover, basically our solution to covering up the popcorn ceilings. It has been a doozy of a project, but one that has made all the difference in the world in the overall feel of the space. It’s ongoing. About a third of the ceilings are finished. We plan on knocking out a room at a time when time (and energy levels) permit. I hope you enjoy the following as Randy shares all about our process, from how we chose the wood as well as the installation. Take it away, Randy!

Some of The Retreat Remodel projects were needed updates and repairs, while others were cosmetic. Covering the popcorn ceiling falls in the later category but boy did it make a difference. It’s not like you walk in the house and stare at the ceiling. You just feel it. It adds beautiful warmth and lodgy-ness. Plus it looks great with our new Barn Light light fixtures in the kitchen and a 50-year old copper fixture...

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Title: Drywall Installation

Author: Mark J. Donovan


Installing Drywall, or hanging drywall as the professionals usually refer to the task, can be done by the homeowner. However, it is usually best done with two or more people as it requires significant lifting of heavy material. Mudding and Taping can also be performed by the homeowner, however these tasks require some practice and artistry.

Measuring and Ordering Drywall

Prior to actually hanging the drywall, the material first needs to be ordered and delivered. To determine how much material to order, measure all of the surface area, starting with the ceilings and then the walls. Calculate the total square feet and divide by 32. The result should give you the number of 4’x 8’ sheets of drywall required for the job. I would also recommend adding another 5-10% to this figure to account for inefficiencies. Drywall does come in larger sheets, such as 4’x12’, however for...

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The right ceiling fan

Look for the Energy Star. Fans that earn the Energy Star label move air 20 percent more efficiently than standard models. Energy Star fans with light kits are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units and can save you more than $15 per year on utility bills.

Select the right size. While 52-inch fans are the most popular, that size, give or take a couple of inches, works best in rooms that are 225 to 400 square feet. Choose a 42- to 44-inch model for 144 to 225 square feet. Opt for a larger fan if your room size is on the borderline, and run it on a slower speed, which is quieter.

Suit your style. From basic to ornate, ceiling fans can bring back memories of “Casablanca” or have a Jetsons-like modern twist. Motor-cover finishes include brass, bronze, and pewter. Basic fan blades have a paddle shape, while variations include oval and leaf shapes or wicker-like textures. Finishes include cherry, oak, maple, and painted...

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Remove everything from the room. Anything hanging on the walls should be the first to go, but everything that can be removed should be, including other decorations, furniture, electrical switch plates, and phone jack covers. Even though you may not bump into these items as you paint the upper wall along the ceiling, you will need to remove them later in order to paint the rest of the wall. Moreover, paint could drip onto these objects as you paint the upper wall. For these reasons, you must remove them first before applying any paint.


Cover the floor with plastic sheets. You will not be working with a lot of paint all at once as you work on the area of the wall near the ceiling, so your odds of dripping paint onto the floor are not as high as they will be when you paint the rest of the wall. Even so, some risk still remains. Play it safe by protecting your floor before you break any paint out.


Paint the ceiling first. If you are...

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