Q: How can I remove a textured ceiling in order to paint it?
A: Boy you have embarked upon one messy job. This is the most difficult of home repair
projects. A textured or "popcorn" ceiling is essentially styrofoam added to the paint. It is blown on to the ceiling with a gun and hose.To remove first move everything out of the room.
You then have to drape out the room with wall to wall plastic in order to catch everything that falls. It is a mess. Wet the surface with a garden sprayer and let the moisture penetrate the popcorn. Then gently run a scraper through the popcorn. Most of it should come off pretty easily. Be very careful not to scrape into the ceiling.
The resulting gouges would then have to be spackled and sanded.Yet again another mess.Popcorn can successfully be removed but to be safe this probably should be left in the hands of a professional painting contractor. You can easily cause more damage and the mess can spread everywhere if you do not properly prepare.
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I knew there had to be an easier way! After my parents cleaned my paint brushes for me one day and the bristles were all nice and soft, I just couldn't go back to using crusty brushes. But I still didn't want to put in all that work!
Who doesn't love shortcuts? If DIYing has taught me anything-it's that there is more than one way to skin a cat (and no I would never!) but I sure did figure out an easier way to stencil a wall, and the end result is great!