I'm beginning to work on updating the master bedroom. I thought that by this time, the end of the year, I'd be showing you a reveal, not even close! Instead, the first problem that got fixed is what I'm showing you today!
The whole room needs a good coat of paint. Obviously, the ceiling is the first to be painted.
In order to get a good paint job, it is necessary to prepare the surfaces thoroughly. It means all those little, medium and big holes I could see very well up there on the ceiling had to be patched.
Those are Pop-Nails!
Long time ago when there were only two pop-nails visible, I tried to fix them by simply pushing them back in and patching the hole. Silly me. It didn't work! And, like if they were laughing at me, three more appeared on this side.
And many more to the other side!
Looking for answers, I found a great article by Jim Rooney at Capital Gazette.com, where he explains why this occurs, and the way to fix that problem.
The pop-nails were taken out! Hubby helped me with this part. Look at the piece of shim he grabbed! the one I used for stirring paint! :D Oh boy!
Even though the article recommends pulling the nails out and patching the holes without driving a screw in the places where the ceiling meets the walls, I just didn't do it! (I couldn't live thinking that my roof could fly away!), I drove a screw in every hole. Later on I'll let you know if they come out again.
I don't know why they still use nails?! They are destined to come out, especially on ceilings where, I guess, gravity helps!
Well, after driving a screw in each hole, it was time to patch up e-v-e-r-y one of them. For that I used All Purpose Joint Compound, a sanding block ( the block was easy to use and all I needed, I didn't use the screens), and a 6-inch taping knife.
The next left picture shows one of the holes covered with one full, fresh coat of compound. When it dried, it shrunk. Wait until it is completely dry to apply a new coat.
After two or three coats, in some of them, and good sanding, it looks like I don't even need to paint! Just kidding :)
It certainly looks way better!
More ceiling trouble? Check HERE how to repair
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