One lovely morning we had the thought to remove the popcorn ceiling before painting. If you get thoughts like this, ignore them.
I said: Let's just try a spot and see. Me: Why did I say that out loud?
That is my husband doing most of the popcorn ceiling work.
Fill a spray bottle with water. Saturate an area on the ceiling and let it sit for a few minutes.
Don’t be impatient and let the water do the work for you. The YouTube videos did not stress this, we found out by trial and error. Grab an easy to hold wide drywall scraper and the layers of popcorn paint just scrape off.
Have a plastic tarp underneath the area you are working on for easy clean up. Wear a mask. Close off the room from the rest of the house with plastic.
Preparation and clean up was almost as time-consuming as removing the popcorn paint.
After removing the popcorn ceiling it needed to be patched and sanded.
Before painting the walls, we sanded a few spots and then removed the dust from the walls and ceiling and washed the walls with TSP.
See my blog post at the link below the rest of this project and my inspiration ideas for this dining room project like Our DIY Transom Window Entryway Our DIY Transom Window Entryway
Removing the popcorn ceiling was one of the best updates we have done.