How to Cover Up Water Stains on the Ceiling (Plus a new paint color!): ORC Week 2

If you saw my bedroom last week, you probably saw the huge water stain on the ceiling.  Two years ago, a huge ice chunk froze up under the shingles, and when it melted, the water seeped into the house, and ran down the wall.

master bedroom before water stain

What is most embarrassing about all of this is that I didn’t do anything about it for two years.  I checked to make sure nothing molded, but besides that, I left everything looking disgusting for two years too long.

how to cover water stains on the ceiling

I love how the One Room Challenge kicks my butt into gear to work on the problems that I’ve put off for far too long.

I’ve actually covered up quite a few water stains on ceilings in my home and at our cottage, and I’ve since figured out the best way to cover them up, for good.

The key to covering up those water stains is to prime them, with a oil-based, stain-covering primer.  Rustoleum Cover Stain Primer is my favorite primer for covering stains – it has yet to let me down!  I usually do two coats of primer, especially on massive stains like this one.

how to hide water stains on ceiling

*This primer is oil-based, which means you will need paint thinner or mineral spirits to clean out your brush.  I know some people prefer just to use a cheap brush and throw it away to save the hassle of cleaning it.  The choice is yours!*

After the primer has dried, roll on ceiling paint to match the color of your ceiling.

I also needed to repair some of the chipping/peeling paint from the water leak.  All I did was use a plastic scraper to scrap away all of the loose paint.  Then, I used joint compound to paint in the corner and even out the wall.

The only other progress in the room was that it now is a new, more neutral color.  I actually really liked the light turquoise wall color, and I still do, but it made it difficult to decorate the room and add in the colors I wanted to.

master bedroom paint

This new neutral shade, called Fog, by Pittsburgh Paints, is perfect!  (Yep, I told you I was designing this room on a budget.  No fancy paint here.  Menards had paint on sale this weekend.  $12 for a gallon of Dutch Boy paint in eggshell finish?  Don’t mind if I do!)

master bedroom paint 2

The plan for this weekend is to install the shiplap plank wall and to paint it white.  Then, I need to get started on some of the projects for the room.  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll start building our bed!  And if not, which is likely, maybe at least I can build a corner wall shelf or two.

It was nice of the dogs to move off of the bed for this photo.  They think that our bed rightfully belongs to them!

If you missed my first post, you can see the room and all of my plans for the next five weeks here.

Farmhouse Master Bedroom

For those of you that saw my posts last week, I’ve conceded to the fact that two rooms for the One Room Challenge was one room too many.  I’m going to hold off on working on my dining room, or at the very least I’m going to hold off on posting about it.  You can still expect to see it finished soon, though!

Thanks so much for checking out my progress. I hope to see you back next week!

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13 thoughts on “How to Cover Up Water Stains on the Ceiling (Plus a new paint color!): ORC Week 2

  1. Hey Jenny – Your room is coming together nicely. We can totally relate to having to deal with other issues in the room first (your leak or sub flooring) before moving on to other parts of the decor. You made a great decision to concentrate on one room! We love following along in your progress!

  2. Jenny I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.

    I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!

    Good luck in the upcoming week!

    1. Thanks, Laura! I still feel like I’m in the stage where nothing has been done, but hopefully next week it will look more put together. I stopped by to link up this morning. Thanks!

  3. LOVE the Boxer puppies !!!…….Room is beginning to take shape……….like all things in life,it takes time !!!………Dogs on the bed are the perfect accessory……… glad you live a “real” life and live in a “real” world where people love their animals and allow them to sleep on the bed. This shows that you are a “real person.” I enjoy seeing and reading your blog because your work does not look as though you keep two professional designers on staff along with a carpenter,electrician and plumber. You do so much yourself so you can safe some money, just like the rest of us must do. Thank you !!!

    1. Hi Diane – thank you SO much for your kind words. I am so glad that you follow along and get the sense of “real life” from my blog. I couldn’t help but smile as you described your thoughts about it, because that is exactly who I am and just how I want readers to see me and my approach to “design” (if you could even call it that!). Thank you for taking the time to comment – it made my day!

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