HELP: Hate the ceiling what color to paint?
Roxie Pint Tobin
April 27, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Photos don't show how really orange this
stain really is. This room is very dark and we want to brighten it up. Our trim is white. Do I paint it white or what would others do?? Thanks!!
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OnePlan
Ouch ! That's bright !!! White white white white !! Yes it will probably take 2 under coats and two topcoats at least !!! But it will be so much light afterwards !!!
April 27, 2013 at 9:34AM   
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judianna20
Look at this ideabook first.

April 27, 2013 at 9:38AM   
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Aja Mazin
NO PAINT!

Pickle it "white".
April 27, 2013 at 9:39AM     
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bluenan
White paint, I'm afraid with that much area a "pickling" or whitewash might look too uneven.
April 27, 2013 at 9:49AM   
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studio10001
I'd nix the paint and address the lighting issue.
April 27, 2013 at 9:51AM     
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Aja Mazin
Agree with studio 10001.

Also, I thinking painting it will lower the resale.
April 27, 2013 at 11:33AM     
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onthefence
Also possibly look at stripping off the current finish (which may have yellowed) and changing the stain.
April 27, 2013 at 11:52AM     
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Roxanne
Interesting. I wouldn't paint (I have some painted cedar sheathing in my house also.)But if you can do it, strip it done and stain it very light. I also don't think you can ignore the dramatic/imposing ceiling. I think you need to integrate that theme (of angularity) into the rest of your decor. Also, if you can live without it, ditch the fan. It draws attention to the ceilings. But I'm not a designer.....just in the middle of taking a 70's NW contemporary into a transitional look.
April 27, 2013 at 12:11PM     
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Aja Mazin
Stain or paint - Either option will not be easy to do, I suspect.
April 27, 2013 at 12:27PM     
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studio10001
Absolutely right; nor will it address the issue effectively.. The closer lighting is placed to the living area, the more the ceiling receeds, regardless of its color. That means your (new) fan light need rods...and brothers and sisters. For a start. A lighting designer could fix this for you properly, and would be money better spent than ceiling colour. Much luck w your project.
April 27, 2013 at 12:42PM     
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Angelina Vick
I would not paint it. If you don't like it you can make it a dark color.

Because it is already sealed....it would be a ginormous pain to strip of the sealing and restain+reseal.

I would highly recommend this to you as an alternative.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/21798927?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

This product is a stain and a clear coat at once. It's sticky like a clear coat...and paints on stain color like a paint. The trick of this is...the more you layer on...the darker it gets. And if you want one even coat of color...you have to be very careful as you work...it starts drying quickly and if you overlap strokes it will be clearly visible = BAD.

Making the wood a darker color will preserve this beautiful woodwork.

Painting over it seems like a tragedy.
April 27, 2013 at 12:43PM   
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Angelina Vick
Oh...I just reread this. If you go with a darker wood...it's going to get darker.

If you want lighter...I think your only option is to paint it...again that seems like a tragedy.
April 27, 2013 at 12:49PM   
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finnigansgirl
Definitely paint it! I would use a grey white and I would definitely take down the fan! To take the stain off would be an enormous task.
April 27, 2013 at 12:49PM   
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Aja Mazin
I like it!

Adjust the lighting.
April 27, 2013 at 12:49PM     
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Aja Mazin
Is Michelangelo available?
April 27, 2013 at 12:53PM   
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Rockin' Fine Finish
I would refinish it i know it would be expensive but that is very nice wood to just paint it. One thing though that wood will always change in color over time it oxidizes no matter what you put on but you can minimize it by choosing stains that don't have to much yellow or red
April 27, 2013 at 2:01PM     
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carolins
The ceiling is quite stunning. Love the shapes. Although I do understand it is overpowering.
I hope you can find a way to live with it without painting it.


April 27, 2013 at 2:13PM     
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NK Woodworking
Don't paint it... Brighten it up with a different finish, different lighting, or add some contrasting features to it - different woods or some painted trim to highlight some of the better shapes. If you paint it, it will look worse like a white fence on your ceiling and you can't go back... Good luck!
May 29, 2013 at 11:08AM     
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Brenda
I don't hate your ceilings at all. I've seen photos where people have painted their wood ceilings and they do look great, but I really hope you don't go that direction. Try uplighting them -- its a dramtic effect on a wood ceiling (painted or natural).

I like the Wedge fixtures shown here ... and maybe a skylight or two ? ...

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May 29, 2013 at 11:15AM   
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butterflywers
Before I read your comments my first thought was "hey cool ceiling." That said, I have a deck house that has wood ceilings. Several years ago a tornado blew half my roof off. I was going to try to match the existing stain but painters couldn't. I ended up having to paint it a Benjamin Moore color called Crisp Khaki that I've ended up liking. I'll attach a couple of pictures.
May 29, 2013 at 2:52PM   
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cchilds
Love what you did with your ceiling.
June 5, 2013 at 2:45AM   
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Galileo Construction Inc.
Bonjour, Beautiful ceiling. Gyprock and paint, a fresh white (BM oxford white CC-30) and if you want to do the walls a the same time (BM silver song 1557) would make your amazing stone wall stand out.
June 5, 2013 at 3:05AM   
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