Ceiling Our Fate

Ceiling Our Fate

It’s been awfully quiet around here lately. I apologize (or maybe you were enjoying the silence–in that case, you’re welcome. I do what I can.).

Excuses time!

First of all, a few weeks ago we went to Maui to watch our beautiful friends get married. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.Β More on that, soon!

And then, of course, Halloween happened.

And then, without skipping a beat, we dove into a very enormous house project. After six years, and countless excruciatingly high professional estimates, we are painting the 15 foot tall vaulted ceilings on the main floor of our house. Ourselves. Gulp.

Painting the 15 foot ceilings at Farmhouse38.com

Now, I know I’m gonna get a lot of hate about this. For painting over wood. And trust me, I love raw wood ceilings. I love stained wood ceilings. I love reclaimed wood ceilings. They have their place. Just not in this house, where every lick of trim is white.Β My design for this house always included white plank ceilings, and if we had had a hot second when this ceiling first went up, I would have painted everything while it was still on the ground. That would have been the smart thing to do. But things moved very fast in those days, and we always assumed that at some point we’d be able to afford to pay someone else to get up there and paint those damned tall ceilings. But, as it turns out, it’s super expensive for someone to risk life and limb over paint.

So, as usual, we are taking matters into our own hands. Scaffolding and all.

Painting ceilings at Farmhouse38.com

Painting ceilings at Farmhouse38.com
That’s me. Up on the scaffolding. Hanging out with the ceiling fan. Holding on for dear life.

As usual, the dogs have been extremely helpful:

Sunhounds at Farmhouse38.com

When they’re not doing that, they’re standing under the scaffolding catching drips with their faces:

Paint puppy at Farmhouse38.com

And when they’re done with that they have to recover:

Resting pupfaces at Farmhouse38.com
Such hard workers.
Painting ceilings at Farmhouse38.com
Because his reach is longer and his fear of heights is slightly less debilitating, the Texan gets all the really crappy shifts. Here he is perched on an 18″ wide ledge that hangs over the two story drop down our staircase. Such a relaxing weekend for him.

We’ve also chosen this opportunity to deepen the color on the walls, as well as tie up a whole bunch of missing molding and trim projects. In a nutshell, we are finally finishing the great room. Six years of staring at our main living space and wishing it was finished. It’s happening, people. I’m beside myself. And also very sore.

So stay tuned for after shots, coming really soon. Yes. Soon. I promise.





  1. I so would have wanted it painted too. I think the wood must have seemed heavy overhead while the white will seem dreamy and calm and light. I don’t envy you doing the painting though.

    • I agree! Brand new wood has no place aesthetically in a 100-year-old house. If these were the original ceilings, they would have been painted over a long time ago, or would be aged to a lovely patina. But at the end of the day, the aging process is just too expensive and hard to do, and with the dark floors, staining them any color would be too much. And white plank ceilings are awesome. πŸ˜€

  2. CWirth

    Keep em comin’! Love LOVE your blog!

  3. I had a friend with old pine paneling in her living room. I LOVED it. She HATED it. When she told me one day over the phone that she painted it, I was mortified. When I saw it, I changed my mind. It was gorgeous. Sometimes you just gotta do whatcha gotta do.

    • Here’s the thing: I totally love it in certain settings. Like LOVE it. In fact, I’m doing a feature wall just like these ceilings in my mom’s house and staining them kind of a medium color–and it’s gonna be awesome. πŸ˜€ The farmhouse just calls for the white (in my mind, at least). Especially since throughout all the renovations there’s been some damage and errant paint that has landed on the wood anyway–at this point it’s less work to just paint them. Which is hilarious. Because it’s a lot of work. πŸ˜€

  4. Amanda

    Hey there. Just wanted to chime in and say that I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now and love it! I check for updates daily. So no, I don’t enjoy the silence but I do greatly enjoy the posts and seeing your beautiful home and garden. Also, I agree with your decision to paint the ceilings. The wood is pretty, but white will be even nicer.

  5. I can’t wait to see the finished product! It’s looking fabulous!! And from someone who paints EVERYTHING grey I totally understand πŸ™‚

  6. No wonder you have been a busy bee. I am so glad you got some expert drip catching help so you didn’t have to do everything by yourselves! Can’t wait to see how it all comes out.

  7. Would love to know what product you used to prevent bleed through from the knots!

    • Is that even really preventable? LOL. It seems like there’s all these crazy oil-based primers out there that claim to do it and then they bleed through anyway. We can’t use oil-based anything around here because of the fumes and my bird, so this is just high-coverage water-based primer and paint. I expect bleed-though. We shall see.

  8. Bleed-through would make your ceiling look the side panels of this blog… dare I say… like an old farmhouse?

  9. OH Kate! My aching neck! I feel your pain, as I spent, what seemed like for-ev-er painting outdoor surfaces this summer…retaining walls, a deck, and one new carport with a beadboard ceiling! It was the primer that seemed endless….So how does the ceiling look for the Holidays? Are you spending nap time on your back in the LR with the four-leggers, simply admiring your handiwork? Congratulations. And Happy Holidays! Diane

    • No rest for the weary, Diane!! LOL–on to the next project!!! (Painting projects always seem endless, don’t they?!!)

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