quick update for tonight. ry worked from 7 am until 8 pm, so there wasn't much time to work at the house. we got there around 8:30 and did about an hour of work. we smoothed out the spackling, put painter's tape on the trim work in the dining room and living room and primed the ceiling with BIN. it makes a HUGE difference - it looks like a brand new ceiling. the pictures are hard to tell, but you can definitely tell that the ceiling looks better than the stained walls in real life.