I did hate the existing popcorn ceiling. So it seemed kind of silly to cover the repaired drywall with more popcorn. The repair guy was only going to charge me about $100 over what the warranty was paying for the repair to remove the popcorn, so I figured why not have him do it. Then I could learn from the professional what the best way is to remove the popcorn ceiling before I take on any of the other rooms.
I'm really glad I did that. Removing the popcorn surprisingly brightens up the room. All those little popcorn nodules create little shadows on the ceiling, making the ceiling and the room look darker than it really is. Now the room has a much cleaner, brighter look to it.
You can see where the taped edge is along the ceiling. Then you just drape the stuff down. The beauty of covering the walls is that you then just push all your furniture against the walls and the plastic drapes right over the furniture too! This is soooo much easier than taking apart a bed and moving all the furniture out.
Then when you're finished, just roll up the plastic and you're done. The room is left perfectly clean. Even the window ledge and wood trim is completely clean. So I'm totally in
Spray the entire ceiling, giving it a good soak, then go back to your starting place and you can start removing the popcorn.
If you do get any gouges, just use your putty knife to apply a little spackle or joint compound and smooth it out.
At this point if you want to put a light texture on your ceiling you can.
Then use a quality primer to prime the ceiling before painting. You'll get the best coverage with an oil-based primer, which is what my repair guy used.
The downside though of oil-based paints is that they stink. I mean really stink. I literally had to keep the room's windows open and door closed with a towel stuff under it for several days so that the smell didn't fill the rest of the house.
Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it was possible to clear that entire ceiling in 30 minutes.
Here's what my new ceiling looks like...
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