Painting My Ridiculous Living Room Ceiling
So this is done now and thanks to Mark in Norman 2 for shaming me into DIYing it. I have this weird inverted layer cake of a ceiling in my living room. It’s definitely memorable, but also definitely too high to reach entirely with a ladder. Here’s what I was able to do it using just my 8′ ladder.
Anyway, getting the job actually done required me to rent scaffolding. I went to the rental place just down Highway 9 from here and told the guy I needed scaffolding high enough to reach a 15-foot ceiling (it’s probably more like 14 feet, but whatever). He then got me set up with a bunch of scaffolding that we stuffed into the bed of ol’ Epimetheus. I did get some very useful tips from the guy that rented the scaffolding to me.
If that looks like a lot of scaffolding, well — it turns out that when I told the guy that I needed to paint a 15-foot ceiling, he figured he needed to rent me enough scaffolding so that I could stand 15 feet above the ground.
Once I got it all home and after watching the first four minutes of a YouTube video on how to assemble scaffolding, I assembled the scaffolding. It took maybe 20 minutes. When I was done it looked like this.
There were still another four yellow things that I didn’t use. Plus a bunch of safety restraints, which — I’m not sure how you put up enough scaffolding AND safety restraints AND stay below a ceiling if you use the safety restraints. Long story short, I never did fall off the scaffolding.
It was actually kind of fun climbing up the scaffolding and doing the painting. A little bit of a hassle having to maneuver it around the ceiling fan, although it turns out the ceiling fan can be pushed around a lot. It was just a relief to have finally painted the ceiling after saying for years that I’ll get round to it.
Once completed, I had a living room ceiling that looked like this.
I then disassembled the scaffolding, took it back to the rental place, and was able to live happily ever after.