Archive for October 2008


Another ceiling…

   Posted by: Lilianne in Interior Projects

As I mentioned before, I love decorated ceilings. I am glad that there is a trend now to use this additional canvas to add interest and debth to the room. For this project, my inspiration came from a book “Dream Palaces” by Marc Walter and Jérôme Coignard. I was drawn to two different ceilings.

This one:

and this one:

The darker ceiling won out, as the walls of the room were already painted dark blue and I thought it will look better to keep the color schema simple. Here is the ceiling before, boring:

Once I had decided on the color, I did something little different. I had learned about full spectrum paints and wanted to try out this concept. As I already had the blue in the room, the stencils on the walls and there was no reason to paint the whole room again, I contacted Ellen Kennon, a very gracious lady and great full spectrum paint provider, to color match my blue and make me a custom full spectrum paint for my ceiling. You can learn more about her and her paints here: I can tell you that the use of full spectrum paint was a success. Depending on the light, the color changes ever so slightly, giving it more life than regular paint.

After the background was painted, I created templates for my design out of file folders. Then I just used regular tape to tape them up on the ceiling to see how it looks:

Once I was happy with the position, I traced the design with pencil on the ceiling and then used gold paint and a little artist’s brush to fill in the design:

When one section was dry, I repeated the steps for the next section. The reason I did the design in sections was my laziness and frugality – I did not want make too many templates, I just wanted to reuse them. The step of taping the templates on the ceiling was one of the most critical ones, it allowed me to get down and see how it would look like and make sure it was pleasing looking before I had made any marks on the ceiling.

Here is the completed design:

Originally I had planned to add stars to the sun as well, but once the sun was done, the ceiling looked complete to me, so I left it like that. Also, I had stars already in the great room, all rooms did not need stars. I figured, I could always add the stars later, if I felt it necessery.


No more boring ceilings

   Posted by: Lilianne in Interior Projects

Since designing and building our current house, decorated ceilings have been one of my passions and past-times. With this project I learned so much. It was the first time I did crown molding, my first attempt with stains to make it look like inlayed wood, my first decorated ceiling. As you will see, sometimes I take a really large first bite. Luckily it has all worked out for me this far.

Here is what I started with:

I chose the stars theme – constellations, as I was working with the ceiling. Here is one of the panel designs:

Each  square is made of 4′X4′ piece of thin plywood. First I traced the design on the plywood and then used dark wood stain to draw in the design like this:

After the design was completely dry, I stained the panel with the lighter, background, stain.  The design showed nicely through:

Once all 18 panels were done, the truly fun part started – installation. I do not know about you, but it was pretty scary to be up 16 feet from the ground, up on the ladder. You do get used to it eventually, especially if you have 18 squares to finish.

Initially we tried to clue the first panel to the ceiling:

This ideas did not work out too well. No-one was willing to be high, holding the panel until the clue tried enough to keep it up. It would have taken too long to do all 18 squares like that anyway. So we came up with idea of using wooden blocks. These same blocks came handy for installing the crown molding as well:

Over all I did as many steps as possible on the ground, to make this project a little bit easier to complete. For example, I stained the crown before installations:

Here is the first square all done:

Here I am finishing up another one. Looks like almost half are done:

Through this whole ordeal, I had our faithful dog, Tigger, guarding me. Not sure what he could have done, had I fallen from the ladder?

and finally, here it is… all done: