I've been in my 1985 townhouse for three years now and have finally reached a point where I can start working on some of the things that were "remodeled" with spit and baling wire or are just plain ugly!

The first thing are the ceilings on what I call the main level consisting of the kitchen, dining room, living room and a sunroom which leads onto the deck. The finish on the ceilings isn't the spray-on popcorn stuff but it isn't smooth. I don't know what to call it! A previous owner repair is glaringly obvious and it appears as if someone was over-zealous in applying the finish. It's U-G-LY. What are my options in correcting this? Sanding down? New drywall over the top? Your suggestions and expertise are welcome.

The next issue is peeling paint in the sunroom. (It's not a real sunroom - just what I call it 'cause it's got a nifty skylight, a big window and the patio doors. And, it's little. ) The paint would probably come off in large-ish pieces if I pulled on it. Otherwise the rest of the paint seems to be adhering the way it should.

Last thing (for now!), is the fireplace in the living room. I can't afford to have it resurfaced it right now and would like to paint over the field stone rock. Feasible and/or would it look decent?