12 Jun 2013
June 12, 2013

How To Remove A Popcorn Ceiling

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There have been a few things designers and home decorators have taken a real dislike to in the last few years…carpet, silk plants, live plants, hanging plants, sunshine ceilings, symmetry and popcorn ceilings. I have never hated a popcorn ceiling bad enough to remove one but here is a DIY project if you have an entire weekend to kill.

Step 1: Prepare The Room

Remove furniture and items in the room. Seal off the entire room by hanging two millimeter plastic sheets from the crown molding all the way to the floor. Put a window fan in the window for added ventilation. Add a drop cloth with a waterproof backing to the floor. If the popcorn was added before 1979, get it tested for asbestos by either wetting down a small area with a sponge and scraping off a little to place in a small bag, or by having a professional come out and test it.

Step 2: Spray The Ceiling

Use a basic garden sprayer to wet down the ceiling. This will soften the ceiling texture and help to break down the adhesive bond making scraping easier. Work in an area about 5 feet square. It’s better to make several passes than allow the popcorn ceiling to absorb too much water which could damage the paper surface and the wall boards underneath.

Step 3: Scrape The Ceiling

Wait 10-15 minutes for the water to soak in and then start scraping it off with a ceiling texture scraper. Use a smaller putty knife to scrape the corners and the crown molding.

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