DIY – How to Get Rid of Popcorn Ceilings
If your home was built anytime between the 1950’s to the 1980’s there’s a good chance that you have popcorn ceilings. While the professional term for this is a “stucco ceiling,” others also call it a cottage cheese ceiling due its bumpy texture.
Today, this ceiling texture has lost its popularity and many are choosing to remove it to give their home a more modern, updated look. Removing popcorn ceilings by yourself can be done with the right tools and strategy.
Here’s a basic look of how to do it:
1. First, and most importantly, test for asbestos before you begin this DIY project. If asbestos is found in the tested sample, removing the ceiling texture should only be done by professionals who can deal with the harmful chemical properly.
2. Get the right tools for the job. These include:
- Thin plastic drop cloths
- Painter’s tape
- Garden sprayer or large squirt bottle
- Eye protection and dust mask
- Floor scraper or spackle knife
- Large damp sponge
- Spackle or joint compound
4. Remove light fixtures so they don’t get in the way.
5. Tape off the room. Using the drop cloths and painters tape, cover all the walls and floor of the room to keep them from getting extremely dusty in the process.
6. While wearing your goggles and mast, spray down the entire ceiling so it’s entirely wet. Do this again a second time after 15 minutes.
7. Using a spackle knife or floor scraper, begin to scrape away the wet texture from the ceiling. It should fall into the plastic tarping you’ve laid down for easy cleanup.
8. After most of the texture has been scraped off, take the damp sponge and wipe away any remaining pieces.
9. Use spackle to cover up any holes, imperfections, or gouges in the ceiling.
10. Sand down any spackle or joint compound so it is smooth with the rest of the drywall.
Viola! Your smooth ceiling is now ready to paint!
Have you tried removing your own popcorn ceilings? What was your experience? Please tell us in the comments below.