Phase 5.2 of the ceiling is taping and texture.
I have a new found respect for drywall folks. It takes time time time! If you are doing a hand-done (not a hopper blower texture) it takes a level of an artistic eye and handiwork to get the stuff to to what you want it to do.
I did what is referred to as a "knock-down". I used a homemade hawk (a flat board with a handle under) covered with a scrunchy plastic bag and tapped the mud onto the ceiling. Then, knocked it down at the appropriate dryness level with a scraper. It mimics a stone/slate like texture.
One day on the taping.
The next day for laying on another layer on the tape.
Day 4 was cleaning up the taping
Day 5 was floating.
The 6th, 7th and 8th days were all about texture.
Day 9, 10 and 11 I worked on the wall texture and patching some holes where the thermostat and 3rd front door switch were.
Glad that's over with!