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Dining Room Project Step One is Painting

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Dining Room Project

We are just beginning our dining room project.  We set out to repaint our dining room.  Like a lot of projects it has turned into a bear.  One lovely morning we had a thought to remove the popcorn type ceiling.  If you get thoughts like this, ignore them.

After watching a few YouTube videos it seemed easy enough.

Me: Let’s just try a spot and see.

Me: Why did I say this out loud?

Fill a spray bottle with water.  Saturate an area and let it sit for a few minutes. Don’t be impatient and let the water do the work for you.  The YouTube videos did not stress this, we found out by trial and error.  Grab an easy to hold wide drywall scraper and the layers of popcorn paint just scrapes off.

Have a plastic tarp underneath the area you are working on for easy clean up.  Wear a mask.  Close off the room from the rest of the house with plastic.

Preparation and clean up was almost as time-consuming as removing the popcorn paint.

Here’s a look at my messy dining room project.

Dining Room Project Step One is Painting

Enjoy this image of our dreadlocks of popcorn paint hanging off the ceiling.


Popcorn ceiling removal debri 2

Can you feel my pain?  Thank goodness we laid down a separate piece of plastic to catch the debris.  I may be slightly mad by the time we get done.

Dining Room Project:

We have patched and sanded the ceiling.

Sanded the walls.

Removed the dust from the walls and ceiling.

Before we paint I have to wash the walls with TSP.

I won’t be hosting any dinner parties soon.

Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore

We’ve done so much extra prep work, I almost forgot what paint color I picked.  Meet Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue that reportedly changes colors depending on the light.  Palladian Blue is in the designer gray family.

Entry was with pillars


We want to create an entryway.  Here are just a few examples of ideas we are considering that I put in my idea book on Houzz.  I also made a Secret Pinterest Board where I’m collecting ideas.

Half walls and columns


Wouldn’t it be great if we build half walls and add columns?

Dining Room Project Step One Painting 2

My messy life.

Thinking of You.  I’m thinking of you getting up in the morning to order and beauty and a table and chairs.

There are so many things to get done now that it is nice out.  We agreed to paint the dining room.  Then build the entryway throughout the summer in-between everything else that needs to get done.

I called this Dining Room Project step one is painting because we are going to make an entry of some kind.  I also want to make a storage area along the far wall for coats, hats, and shoes that we hope to custom build.

Here are a few photos to update this Dining Room Project

White ceiling and Palladian Blue wallsAfter photo of the ceiling and walls painted Palladian Blue.

Dining Room makeover progressIt has been some time since we started this project and here is a look at our progress so far.

See the continuations on Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an Entryway.

Our DIY Transom Window Entryway Idea and 

Transom Window repurposed from french door

Build an Entryway

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  1. Hi Annie, I am always excited to hear from others who used Palladian Blue. We did use it in the Dining Room and up the hallway that I blogged about and it turned out great. It no doubt looks heavenly in your bathroom.

  2. Love Palladian Blue. It’s in our bathroom downstairs and it’s definitely a pretty beachy blue in there. Can’t go wrong with it!

  3. Oh great! You will love that board. I use it a lot to get inspired to paint and choose colors. One of my favs!

  4. Oh I know and agree! This why I love having Pinterest! I have a board called Paint Profiles that I house all various paint colors and wow does that make life easier!

  5. Oh I love that color you chose! I can’t wait to see the final pictures! It looks like you have some great ideas brewing too. Looking forward to see it’s completion!

  6. Great to hear from you and thank you Doreen. We hope to get some painting done this weekend. Hubby said he has more sanding to do, so that may put us back on progress yet again.

  7. I don’t know who came up with the idea of popcorn ceilings either. Me thinketh they’re keeping themselves on the down low ;).

    That is a LOT of work and I bow down to your patience and enthusiasm Sue! The blue is lovely, and it’s all going to be so worth it when it’s finished.

  8. Thank you Jenny Lynn, that made my day today. We bought the ceiling and wall paint yesterday and hopefully will be painting this weekend. Exciting!

  9. It maybe a mess now, but it is going to be so worth it once it is done and you are hosting that first dinner party. Think of all the stories you will be able to tell. I really like the color that you have picked out. Looking forward to seeing the final project.

  10. Thanks for the giggle, I do feel good about the project now. I need to learn to be more patient and am anxious to see how the color will look in the room.

  11. Whoa, you are doing a lot of projects too. We have more to do too and may be moving in around a year, so I know how it is. I have to admire that you are doing these projects on your own.

  12. You have my full sympathy dear lady. I have never tried to remove a popcorn ceiling but if it is anything like getting textured paint off of walls (except that the ceiling stuff would be falling on your head instead of your feet) I truly feel your pain. But I do really love the Palladian Blue paint if that makes you feel a little better.

  13. My house has been “under construction” for well over a year now. I still have to finish the flooring (new carpet in bedrooms, new Pergo in kitchen), paint, and put up trim. I’m on a time crunch though as I’m moving in a year and need to get it on the market before that. Ugh. Then there’s all the outside stuff that has to be done – new porch, try to get grass growing (and I have 3,500 sq ft of yard). Feels pretty overwhelming when you’re a single mom trying to do it all.

    I love that paint color you picked out. I have a similar color in my bedroom and I love it. I love Benjamin Moore paint – it’s such a good quality and their colors are great.

  14. Oh, Sue, what a project!! I’ve seen my share of HGTV shows discussing the removal of popcorn ceilings and although I haven’t had to deal with it, I’d probably do the same, and with the same level of enthusiasm!! Just think how beautiful your dining room will be. I love the color you selected, too. Can’t wait to see more photos. But, you may need a glass of wine or two to get you through this project. It seems that one project always leads to another, right?
    Love ya!

  15. I don’t know who came up with the idea of popcorn ceilings. They can cover a multitude of problem areas so there is that thought. It is good to remove a popcorn ceiling if you can for selling your home as a lot of people don’t like them.

  16. I love the color you chose and I love all the idea rooms you featured.

    Good luck!

    BTW – I have never lived in a house with a popcorn ceiling – who came up with the idea of a popcorn ceiling?

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