1. Need the span of the joists. (how long in feet).
2. Need the size of the lumber - 2x4, 2x6, etc.
3. Is there living space above?
4. Should you, yes if over-spanned. Could you, I don't know what your abilities are?
5. Does it match one of these? http://www.drywallschool.com/textures.htm
Be safe, Gary
Clothes taking longer to dry?
Clean the dryer screen in HOT water if using fabric softener sheets.
They leave a residue that impedes air-flow, costing you money.
Clean the ducting in the last six months? 17,000 dryer fires annually!