My First Time Repairing a Ceiling

Hello, it’s Ann! Today we are sharing how we did a simple repair job for one of our rental properties. The ceiling had some minor damage from leaves getting backed up on the roof and gutters. Since this was a simple job, I tackled this one on my own. Victor provided detailed step-by-step instructions and laid out all the materials and supplies the night before. Organization was key so everything came together very quickly. Due to drying time, it took me 2 days to complete the job.


Step-by-Step Instructions on How We Repaired the Ceiling

  1. Clear leaves from roof and gutters. Victor and Andrew spent a Saturday morning getting on top of the roof with a blower to clear the roof and gutters.

    This is what our Saturdays look like. Our 7-yr-old son tags along to help and learn about property maintenance. Blowing leaves off the roof looks pretty fun!

  2. If the paint is chipped, scrape all loose paint with a putty knife/blade. I brought a large bucket with me so that when I scraped all the loose paint it would neatly fall into the bucket.


  3. If there is mold/mildew, treat it with the mildew spray. There weren’t any visible signs of mold or mildew. As a precaution I went ahead and sprayed Mold Armor all over the ceiling anyway.



  4. Let solution soak as directed. Wipe the area clean. I waited about an hour for the solution to soak. I went outside to go spray some weed killer while I waited.

  5. If you need to patch holes use spackle. Use a wide putty knife to spread it evenly like you’re decorating a cake. I deviated from Victor’s instructions and used a small putty knife mostly because I was too lazy to go back into the truck to get the wide putty knife. It was easier to get the putty out of the container with the small putty knife though. The spackle had a pink tint and turns white when it dries.



  6. Let spackle dry thoroughly then sand it really smooth. This was the end of Day 1. I wanted the spackle to dry thoroughly before returning on Day 2 to sand it smooth.


  7. Apply Kilz as directed. I returned on Day 2 and sanded the ceiling super smooth. I applied Kilz Original and waited for it to dry. I cleaned up my work area and walls by wiping down all the dust and spackle that I splattered. I later saw a commercial on TV that I could have just gotten Kilz Stainblocking Interior Ceiling Paint & Primer in One and save myself some time.

  8. Finish up with touch up paint. I used Valspar Ceiling Paint which had a purple tint so I can see which areas I didn’t cover yet.

  9. All done. My son Andrew gave me a thumbs up.

Although it would have been a lot easier to let Victor do the work, I wanted to tackle this simple job on my own so that I can learn some basic property maintenance.When I started out on this project I was thinking to myself, “I really don’t want to do this.” but as I was going through each step I was feeling, “I can do it!” Small accomplishments along the way will help me be more confident when we work on bigger, more complex projects.

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