Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Changes in Rebekah's Room

The "temporary" headboard was still in place in the guest room after nearly two years.

The headboard was made out of the head rail and foot rail of an antique crib. It was time to come up with something a little more permanent. I thought that I had a solution when I found a bed at the thrift store for $75.00. I thought it was a good match to my little footboard. It was a fail. It didn't match the footboard nor was it the same size as the mattress. It was probably one of those old fashioned sizes.

I almost went back up to the thrift store to get another bed. It was brass and it could have been cute but I was a little leery of it being the right size. It was only $25.00 and would have been darling if it was painted. Then I remembered we had a bed in the attic. I pulled it down with the intent of setting it up. As I pulled the old bed apart, it seemed like a good time to scrape popcorn from the ceiling. 
That was not in the plan today.
My sister in law wanted me to make a video of the process.
It was difficult to do this one handed but here goes.
Sorry about the sound. I didn't think I had it on.

Scraping popcorn is a pain in the neck but it isn't hard.
The part that takes the longest is clearing out the room, laying all the plastic and putting the room back together.
This video is for a dry technique.
No water squirted on the ceiling = no messy, soggy popcorn on the floor afterward. Some popcorn inevitably gets on the floor and I can't image wet popcorn in my carpet.
This method works in my house because my ceilings have never been painted. 
It may not work on painted ceilings.
I stand on the ladder as close to the ceiling as I can get. 
My head is about an inch from it.
Making sure that I have proper protective gear is important.
My mask is rated for asbestos even though I don't have any. 
I cover my hair with a bandana made out of fabric so I don't have dust in my hair.

My glasses protect my eyes.

It only takes about an hour to scrape it all off. I take a couple of breaks during that hour while dust settles. 
A sweet treat motivates me to keep going.

The results are so satisfying.

I'm not sure that I love the bed. It looks very fat and squashy with the pillow top mattress. The little washstand got a couple of coats of chalk paint. 

I'm not sure about the bed but I'm thrilled that the ceiling is done. 

I might have to go get that brass bed after all.
Tomorrow is the demonstration with Joanna Gaines. 
It will be so much fun.


  1. sooooooo jealous you're going to see her. I couldn't get a ticket.

  2. Katie, You did a lot of work and running and it all paid off...that room looks great. Kudos on that ceiling job. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Katie- That is a BIG job well done! I hate those popcorn ceilings and we had a house once that had them through the whole house. I didn't even like them when they were popular! I think the little bed is kinda cute---it is kinda fat and fluffy but I think it looks cute like that- xo Diana

  4. Katie,
    Wow that is a big job and to get it all done in an hour is fantastic. I hear that is really a hard task. I like your bed in there. I think it is so sweet.

  5. Yeah! Another room done! I've got a century old brass bed in our master bedroom, but the problem is that it only holds a full-size mattress. Maybe you'll get some ideas from Joanna! Have fun!

  6. Well I'm impressed Katie - you amaze me -
    And the sound on the video didn't bother me at all - music to my ears to see the popcorn come off that easily !
    I love the bed both ways - and can I just say I think the crib was genius - absolutely genius !!!