Asked on Sep 19, 2017

Cheap and easy ideas needed to repair ceiling from a leak!!

Johnavallance82Elaine CaryChristierei
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If possible I had rather not go with texture like it is now. Utility room is 5'4"x12'......THANKS to anyone who can help!!
11 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    Johnavallance82
    on Sep 19, 2017

    Is this your own property? Do you have insurance? How big is the area? If you let it dry out, you may only end up with a stain, which can be covered, but if it comes away you will ,Probably need a Plasterer as type of ceiling finish.
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      Louise Holt
      on Sep 21, 2017

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  • Karen Tokarse
    Karen Tokarse
    on Sep 19, 2017

    Replace the existing light with a 4-lamp fluorescent light fixture. (You can use the wiring from the existing light fixture.) The fixture should be wide enough to cover the bulge.
  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Sep 19, 2017

    Was the leak taken care of? cause that looks bad. They usually remove a square of the drywall right where that bubble is, and shine a flashlight up to see where its coming from.
    That looks like someone painted semi-gloss paint over a home-made texture, so its not going to scrape off. I would use an electric sander to take the high points off that texture, and then use this technique.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeGWbgAUvCM thats a 12" taping blade which makes it go pretty quick, then lightly sand, prime and paint.
  • Renee Outzen
    Renee Outzen
    on Sep 19, 2017

    If the leak has been fixed...I would replace the fixture and use an inexpensive ceiling medallion to go around the opening.

  • Terry Clifton Smith
    Terry Clifton Smith
    on Sep 19, 2017

    Sorry Elaine, this isn't really an easy fix. The drywall (or plaster) needs to be repaired.
    Cut out a section of drywall larger than the damaged section.
    There are kits available at your local hardware store to make the repair.
    Put increasingly wide layers of drywall compound at the margins of your repair, sanding between layers.
    To change the texture of this ceiling, the entire ceiling needs to be resurfaced. A less expensive option would be to blend your repaired section in with the rest of the ceiling. You may be able to blend using a large natural sponge.
    • Cara M. Kirkham
      Cara M. Kirkham
      on Sep 22, 2017

      We did use a sponge to do the flower pattern on our ceiling in our home 2 homes ago where we took out a wall to enlarge our kitchen. It wasn't so bad.
  • Elaine Cary
    Elaine Cary
    on Sep 20, 2017

    Thank you so much Terry!! Yes we own property and I contacted Insurance and of course they found a loop hole...I am going to try and fix it with repair kit you suggested.....didn't know you could purchase such a thing. Going to True-Value tomorrow!! Thanks for your help!!!!!
  • Ellis
    Ellis
    on Sep 20, 2017

    Another fix would be to sheetrock over the whole ceiling when you are positive there will be no more leaking. It seems like a lot of work, but will probably be less trouble than trying to match that texture.
  • Elaine Cary
    Elaine Cary
    on Sep 20, 2017

    Soo
  • Christierei
    Christierei
    on Sep 21, 2017

    After the leak situation is taken c are of .... you could put bead board up on the ceiling.
  • Elaine Cary
    Elaine Cary
    on Sep 21, 2017

    What a great idea!! Thank you!!,,,
  • Johnavallance82
    Johnavallance82
    on Sep 21, 2017

    This is no place for an ADD!
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