Asked on Jul 14, 2017

I have 6 inches of moulding trim around the ceiling. The ceiling has

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several water stains from when the upstairs toilet overflowed. I want to repair the ceiling and replace it with new drywall but I do not want to touch the large piece of moulding that runs the entire length of the ceiling. Any ideas how to accomplish this because the moulding and the ceiling meet above and below it? I don't know if the moulding is nailed to the drywall. Help!! Thanks

9 answers
  • Jan Clark
    Jan Clark
    on Jul 14, 2017

    If the builder did the work, the piece is nailed (like the floor molding), with headless nails. You're going to have to pull it off if you want to replace the drywall. Use a small crowbar and loosen it first. If it isn't more than 10 feet, it should come off in a single piece. Get some help to catch it as it drops. Fix your wall and then put it back. You can either re-nail it or use something like liquid nails to hold it in place. Might also need a new coat of paint.
    • M.hiltgen
      M.hiltgen
      on Jul 15, 2017

      Thanks Jan. Been to Texas many times, to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio. Saw the Alamo and surprised that is was not bigger. Brave man that Sam Houston! Didn't mean to digress here.

      I don't know if the builder put up the molding. There are several sections of molding. It is about 7 ft. in length so I would rather not try to remove it, as it would be difficult to replace it with exactly same molding. :(

      My not so nice grandson flushed his brother's Batman cape down the toilet and caused all this mess!

      Thanks again!


  • Suzette
    Suzette
    on Jul 14, 2017

    Hi M, Here's a how to video. They are removing floor trim, but the same principles apply. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p6Xn06AfqY

    Good luck!
  • William
    William
    on Jul 14, 2017

    A photo would help. If the drywall is not soft and just stained you can paint over the stains with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123 or BIN to cover the stains. If the drywall is damaged and does need to be replaced best to try to carefully remove the molding. Also depends what the molding is made off. If its wood it more likely is nailed. Another option if you don't want to remove the molding you can very carefully cut the drywall out where the molding meets the ceiling with with a razor box knife or drywall saw. Replace the drywall and caulk the seams where it meets the molding.
    • M.hiltgen
      M.hiltgen
      on Jul 15, 2017

      Thank you for your response. The ceiling is textured and the stain covers about 18 - 24 inches. I am not certain what the molding is made of. I think it best to try to repair it without removing the molding because there is a chance it could get damaged.

      This all happened because a 5 year old bratty boy flushed his brother's Batman cape down my toilet. I am tempted to flush the 5 year old who did this down with that cape!
  • Ditto . . . No way to fix ceiling without removing.
  • V Smith
    V Smith
    on Jul 14, 2017

    Just a thought, but if priming and painting will not work could you leave the perimeter of the ceiling alone and just come in about 10 to 12 inches from each wall and add thin (.25 in) drywall sheets to the center to cover stains and trim it out with molding. Much of the outcome would depend on your skill level.
  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 15, 2017

    Is the ceiling textured or smooth? If it has a knockdown texture, you could probably prime and paint, then get a can of spray texture in the right texture like a knockdown.
    • M.hiltgen
      M.hiltgen
      on Jul 15, 2017

      Thanks for your response. The ceiling is textured and the drywall needs replacing as it is badly stained. It looks bad. I think trying to remove just one section of the molding may work. Fingers crossed!
  • William
    William
    on Jul 15, 2017

    HAHA! Tell the boy it's not nice to flush a superhero's cape down the toilet. Batman's is gonna get him!
  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 15, 2017

    Well I would try this first, you can always cut it out if you don't like the results. Another technique I've used if the surface needs smoothing is to take modge podge and sheets of very thin white rice paper, and decoupage a patch over the area after removing any texture first. Then prime and paint, and use your texture.
    • M.hiltgen
      M.hiltgen
      on Jul 16, 2017

      Thanks Sharon!

      Would I get the rice paper at a craft store? Sounds like a great idea.

      Thank you so much.
  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 16, 2017

    I would think an art store or craft store. Seems like Amazon and Etsy have it... https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=white+rice+paper+for+decoupage&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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