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November 14, 2005

Covering the Eye

2005-11-13 ceiling1.jpg
The eye above our entry

We spent the entire weekend-- about 20 hours or more, priming the new apartment. 12' ceilings are a bitch.

The primer, however, did not cover the artwork that came with the unit. Hopefully a second coat will remedy this...

Posted by callalillie at November 14, 2005 7:17 AM | Home Improvement , Red Hook


The eye is very "Series of Unfortunate Events" like. Apparantly the people who lived there before you were members of the VFD...

Posted by: Sue at November 14, 2005 9:46 AM

That eye is so VERY creepy. Do you get the sense that even if you painted over it it will still be there, watching you? Can't you scrubb it off a little and then paint over it? Or maybe you feel the eye as a benevolent spirit and who am I to suggest otherwise...

Posted by: kar at November 14, 2005 10:07 AM

Everything was drawn with some sort of grease crayon-- when we scrubbed it just smeared...and it mixed with the primer. I think we're going to just have to put a million coats of paint over it...

Posted by: corie at November 14, 2005 10:10 AM

My daughter's friends wrote on her wall with nail polish, lipstick and permanent marker. It took at least four coats of Kilz to obliterate Cameron's infatuation with Reid Gilbert - and then it was only the final paint coat that did it.

Posted by: jane at November 14, 2005 10:33 AM

They make a paint called KILZ that will cover over that stuff and then you can prime and paint whatever you want.
Good luck

Posted by: Tom at November 14, 2005 10:52 AM

That's an interesting upside down cross the previous tenants left on the wall there. Were the blood stains from their ritualistic sacrifices hard to remove too?

Posted by: ccs178 (Chris) at November 14, 2005 10:54 AM

That is actually the eye AFTER one coat of KILZ.

A visitor to the apt offered to give us holy water b/c of the upside down cross...

Posted by: corie at November 14, 2005 10:58 AM

I think you should try to change the context of the eye by girling it up with some drawn on mascara, lipstick and perhaps even a colorful scarf. oh...and turn the upside down cross into a kite.

Posted by: jenn at November 14, 2005 11:37 AM

It might be too late now, but Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser advertises that it can erase crayon on walls.
I've never actually tried it on crayon, but have found it to be magically effective on everything I've used it on.

Posted by: kar at November 14, 2005 12:15 PM

i LOVE the mr. clean eraser. unfortunately, the ceiling was so high that it would have been hard to scrub with. plus, the crayon was the oil-based the end we just primed it and will give it a few more coats over the next day or so.

Posted by: corie at November 14, 2005 1:47 PM

I kind of like the eye and the infinity symbol. It seems like an Old Time Religion house blessing.

Posted by: Divaah46 at November 14, 2005 2:13 PM

I just screamed. Out loud. At work. While I was supposed to be working on my dissertation defense presentation. I just shouted "AAAHHH! What the Hell is THAT?" and I got busted. I blame the eye.

Posted by: breana at November 14, 2005 5:27 PM

Maybe you paint, then prime, then paint again...

Posted by: William at November 14, 2005 5:28 PM

If primer fails - try Artist Gesso for Acrylic Paints (avail at Utrecht or Pearl etc)

Posted by: Tiya at November 14, 2005 6:09 PM

Also... having been through a big clean up when I moved into my current apartment. I found that that stuff called OXY clean - does wonders on crayon on walls, black grout betweeen tiles, funky stuff in the fridge vegetable drawer. Not sure if you do, but just taking a guess based on the apartments previous decorating scheme.

Posted by: tiya at November 14, 2005 6:13 PM

Didn't I see this on an X-Files episode?

Posted by: Vickie at November 14, 2005 10:11 PM

Can't you cut it out--or scrape it off and then fill it in with that stuff you fill in holes from old hanging photos? You know, and then sand it down smooth and paint over it? Sounds drastic, but is it not a possibility? And what's with the "ceilings so high" bit? Get a big ladder.

Posted by: kar at November 15, 2005 6:09 PM

um, have you ever stood on an 8' ladder that rests on an uneven floor while scrubbing on the ceiling over your head? it's a little frightening.

i think a few coats of paint will do the trick.

Posted by: corie at November 15, 2005 6:35 PM

get a bigger ladder NOW

Posted by: tony at November 16, 2005 9:51 AM

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