How can I redo my kichen and dining room ceilings simply?

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this ceiling got wet due to a toilet overflow, before I bought the house 31/2 years ago. instead of replacing it, it appears the owners did a very poor hit and miss job of skim coating and painting. the house had been sitting empty for a while and once I moved in and the house was heated and cooled regularly, the areas which were ''missed'' began to chip, split and what have you. I have thought about covering it with fake tin ceiling tiles, ship lap, re-skim coating and repainting, etc. I would like to do it myself, if I could, and I am no spring chicken. ideas...

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  • Gk Gk on Nov 17, 2018

    Hello Jill! I think the easiest and most cost effective way for you would be to have a professional come in and skim coat/spray your ceilings. The cost would possibly be less than if you picked a different route like ship lap or ceiling tiles AND you could just watch them. Done I a day or less. I would at least get an estimate so you would know the cost and then could make comparisons with other ceiling options. You didn't mention how big/small of an area you have to deal with.

    • Jill Jill on Nov 18, 2018

      sorry. the combined ceilings are approximately 240 square feet, continuous from kitchen into dining room. any idea what the skim coat and spray might cost? Ballpark?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 17, 2018

    Hello Jill,

    Sounds like the ceiling was "touched up" to look good, but was still wet and not fully dried out from the leak. Before you decide to cover the ceiling over, it might be a good idea to have it properly investigated first, as you don't want more trouble later on. Best wishes.

    • Jill Jill on Nov 18, 2018

      exactly! And even with an inspection pre-sale, no one noticed it. I did, when I got around to decorating the kitchen. It is solid enough - the chipping, etc, is all superficial.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 17, 2018

    You could cover it up with a drop ceiling, panel and faux beams, tin, tongue and groove, surface mount ceiling tiles, styrofoam tiles, or fabric.

    • Jill Jill on Nov 18, 2018

      good suggestions, however it is just an 8' ceiling - no room for beams, dropping and such. I think about all I could get by with is having a 1/4 " sheet of wood or drywall put right over the existing ceiling, if that is even possible.

  • Gk Gk on Nov 18, 2018

    As far as an estimate Jill--I can only guess--maybe 200.00. It's going to depend on where you live, the contractor, and any repair work they might have to do for seams, etc. I think your best bet is to get a few estimates. There is usually not a charge to get an estimate. It would just give you a better idea of the cost so you could go from there. Good Luck!

    • Jill Jill on Nov 19, 2018

      thanks again. and thanks to all of you who answered. :)