I’ve come to the conclusion that there is going to be no easy way to paint this ceiling.
It covers a lot of area as well – sore shoulder and neck coming up I’d say. It would help if I was a couple of inches taller because I don’t like going right to the top step of the ladder, especially when I’m away from the walls. More than once I considered painting the bunches of grapes in colour but I’d want scaffolding for that, so I can lie down on my back.
If you click on the photo to look at the big size you can see it has a rough texture to it and that’s horse hair that was added to the plaster in the good old days to strengthen it I believe (this house was built in 1895). It’s impossible to remove and it’s really gross to touch anyway. You can’t sand it as it just ends up in a fuzzy mess; Mum told me the best way to smooth it down is to shave it with a razor but I’m just going to paint over the top and whoever comes after me can deal with it if they can’t live with it. I tried to pull a few bits out of the walls and it was just dirty and too big a job.
Undercoating walls today then painting them so will not have to deal with this until next weekend – can’t wait for it to be over.