For the last week, our life has mostly revolved around one thing: Baseboards. You know I love them so! (HA.) Now that the bedroom is almost checked off the trim-list, there are just 3 rooms left in the whole house that are still in need, but who’s counting? (Ha-HA!) It’s funny the things you learn about yourself as you work on a fixer upper; who wants to demolish the entire first floor ceiling? We do! Who wants to rip up carpet and lay down floors and paint the deck? Us! Who wants to pull up existing baseboards and install new? Um.
For a task that we find the least enjoyable, it really does make all the difference in the world. (We still laugh about the time we were thisclose to finishing the entryway, but we had yet to install baseboards. A friend came over and asked, wait, have you started renovating the entryway yet? Case in point: Baseboards are a game changer.) But! In between trim-cutting and quarter-round-ing, we’ve been preparing the bedroom for its super-soon, extra dark color. Up until a few days ago, the room was patchy sheens of matte and satin from varying brands of primer. And that lighting situation? We needed to get on that:
Back when our contractors installed the new windows and built out the drywall for our closet, we also had them relocate our ceiling junction box so that it was centered within the room. We hadn’t yet decided on a light fixture, so for the last couple of months, we’ve been bare-bulb-ing it. Knowing that we’d need to paint the ceiling before we painted our walls, the time had come to do something about it, and while we were at it, we decided to add some interest with a simple ceiling medallion.
To be honest, we picked it up on a whim, thinking it might be fun to try. Before cracking the ceiling paint, we adhered the medallion with construction adhesive and quickly re-installed the current light to hold it in place for a few hours.
I was a bit hesitant about our choice, and I asked Scott if we should backtrack immediately – there’s still time!, I said. Instead, we pushed forward, I caulked the seam where it meets the drywall, and then it was time to paint.
We used Behr’s Ultra Pure White paint in a matte finish for the ceiling, painting two coats onto the medallion as well. We were happy (and a bit relieved) to notice that we liked the look! Our light fixture is the Eastmoreland pendant from Rejuvenation with an 18″ drop and a 14″ schoolhouse shade – a classic combination.
Above, you might notice that the ceiling paint drops down onto the wall about 2 feet. See it?
After expressing our concerns for pairing dark paint with less-than-stellar ceilings (they slope about 1″+ from one side of the room to the other), you all came up with the best suggestions for remedying the problem! (See the comments in this post.) We weighed the pros and cons of bringing the wall color into the ceiling by 4-6″ versus creating a straight line about 12″+ down from the ceiling. In the end – and after being inspired by this bedroom and this living room! – we decided to paint 3/4+ up the wall. Knowing myself all too well, a crooked paint line along the ceiling would only increase the chances of restless nights for all of eternity; the issue, as you can see, quickly escalated into a health concern, very much.
Painting will commence this weekend!