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How do I texture this ceiling?

We recently did a kitchen renovation which involved taking a wall down between the kitchen and dining room. My house was build in the 50s and the ceilings are plaster over chicken wire (which we've learned on previous housework is excruciating work to remove as its screwed in a grid pattern every 6 inches so we're trying to salvage instead of replace). Here's the problem: The dining room ceiling is a textured plaster- the kitchen was a smooth gloss paint. Now that they are one room with the wall removed, there's not only the two different ceilings but also a patch of drywall between them where old cabinets used to hang. Im looking to texture it all- meaning I have to prep and attempt to match the flat glossy ceiling to the textured dining room. I don't even know where to start here. Help!

Answer:

When we encounter this, we find it much easier to float the entire ceiling, new and old, with mud to create a smooth surface. Then come back and re-texture the entire ceiling. Even though matching the wall texture might be tough, it is harder to tell a difference in textures at the wall-to-ceiling corner than it is in the center of a ceiling. If you install crown moldings, then it hides the different textures even more. Sure, this costs more than just patching the texture, but it comes down to whether or not you can live with the noticeable difference in texture on your ceiling. In renovation, you almost always get what you pay for.
Apr 14, 2017
just make a cool mural over the strip of drywall
Apr 14, 2017

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