5 hours of popcorn removal. 6 hours to putty and sand. 2 hours of painting. And we are done with the ceiling! It looks so much better!
Again I'm learning as I go along so next room I'm sure I'll be able to knock off like 2 hours of sanding time using a technique that of course I didn't realize till the end :)
Cam gave the boys a try at the priming.
The ceiling reflects way more light now and the room is brighter. Ahem-- don't mind the mess I didn't bother to clean for a picture.