Caulking, caulking and more caulking!!!

Out of everything learned in the process of working on a 152 year old building, I must admit how much I GREATLY underestimated the healing power of caulk.  It hides a multitude of sins and gives a more finished look to everything it touches and the fact that DAP manufactures an array of colors and shades means there is no crack that has to be left left untreated! 

When I first started working on this, I thought leaving the cracks exposed in the ceilings would give it a rustic look but after filling in some of the bigger ones, I decided it was important to do them all, not just for the finishing factor but also the energy that escapes through them. I am still not finished with both rooms but I did do the major ones and from a purely aesthetic standpoint, the improvements are more than noticeable. There is one spot in the main room where a previous owner did a poor patch job and there is only so much caulk can do in that case but aside from tearing part of the ceiling out and redoing it, there is not much else that can be done so it is staying as it is and being written off as character and added history. 

Another disclaimer: I am a very messy caulker and the caulk gun shows it.  As a result, I spent a fair amount of time cleaning up but the gaps were so large in some of these spaces it was hard to be neat about it.  All part of the learning process I suppose but be prepared if you never have worked with it before because patience and a lot of rags and water are rehab virtues...

Here are some befores...
















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