...and crafting a purposeful recovery

Things are lookin’ up

So I lifted myself up off the floor and raised the ceiling.  There is nothing quite like a sense of purpose and resolve to bring me back to my senses.  As I had hoped when I undertook this project,  Sparta has provided me impetus which, though occasionally interrupted, helps pick me up off my ass before I can start feeling sorry for it.

I must say, the ceiling looks magnificent.  If you have ever taken a picture of the Grand Canyon and felt disappointed with the result, you will understand how I feel about this picture, but I will share it anyway:

From stern to shining bow

You will notice to the middle-left an unfinished void.  I am still debating how to deal with that area, the bathroom.  I installed an exhaust fan, but there will still be moisture issues.  I may use birch with heavy poly-coat on both sides or perhaps Wonderboard with a faux tile veneer or laminate.  We’ll see.

For those of you still paying attention (meaning you haven’t tuned me out due to the sordid details of my personal life), there are a few ceiling-related takeaways you may find useful – some previously mentioned but they merit repeating:

  • Use 1/8″ birch up top.  It’s a hell of a lot easier to work with.
  • Apply the poly on the ply laying flat.  You can lay it on thick and two coats will do.  I painted one vertically and it ended up Jackson Pollock-ish.
  • Proper birch selection is key.  Don’t mix red and white.  The one piece of white birch I finished with Harvest Oak looked like baby poop.
  • The use of rubber weather stripping was really helpful in avoiding a wavy result.  Screw tension can be adjusted to account for underlying contours.


Ok, so that’s all for now.  On to Walley World.


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