Popcorn ceilings. This is a trend I am glad is ending. If you have a popcorn ceiling in your home chances are it survived the 80s and 90s… it also probably shows a lot of wear and tear, dust, and cob webs. When we moved into this home one of the first things to go was the popcorn ceilings in the bedrooms, hallway, and kitchen. Why? They were filthy. And popcorn in a kitchen is a bad idea… no matter what.
Thankfully, popcorn really is not the hardest thing to remove but it is messy. Very messy. Here is a quick how to explanation of how to removed popcorn ceiling and texture from your home. And a few things we learned during our experience.
Removing Popcorn Ceilings 101
There are only a couple things you need when removing popcorn.
First, something to cover your workspace. For the bedrooms we knew the old, worn out, stained carpets had to go. So, it was easy we weren’t worried about protecting them. Had we of been, we would have used extensive plastic sheeting and painters tape to keep them in place. Here’s a link to what I mean:
Second, you will need a sprayer–just a simple $20 garden sprayer will work. Here’s one that I suggest using:Third, you will need a larger sized, metal sheetrock mud tool. Here’s what we used…Your supplies list is pretty simple… and of course you will want a good ceiling paint after all is said and done. Overall, your biggest cost is time and clean up. Let me explain how exactly, to put all these tools to use.
The Step by Step to Removing Popcorn Texture
1. Cover anything you don’t want getting dirty with plastic sheeting. Use a good painters tape to help keep in place.
2. Use sprayer filled with warm tap water. Lightly spray section by working section and let sit for 15 minutes.
3. Once area has sat, use sheetrock tool to lightly scrape off popcorn texture.
*Attach this to a WET-VAC hose & vacuum up damp texture while scraping.*
4. Continue until entire area is smooth.
5. Finish with clean up and paint. Use a good sheetrock mud in the instance of any accidental gouges.
Pretty easy folks! The biggest pain is the clean up. It’s an easy day project that requires a little muscle with little chance of complication. I highly suggest a Wet-Vac to help with clean up– it’s a lot easier when you can simply let a machine do the heavy work! Here’s a decently priced machine you can use for any clean up project.
I hope you found this article helpful! You really can do this project with little time and only a small amount of products. Be sure to follow Midwest Southern on Instagram, Pin this article on Pinterest, and share with your friends. Midwest Southern is all about empowering you to make your home look beautiful on any budget. Thanks for reading and make today beautiful!
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