I want to get rid of my popcorn ceiling, but its in every room!

How can I tackle this overwhelming project?! Thanks!
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 18, 2017
  • William William on Feb 18, 2017
  • Renovation by Design Renovation by Design on Feb 18, 2017
    I use 3m masking plastic to mask off my walls, use carpet & hardwood floor mask to cover the floors. I myself use a pump up weed sprayer when we scrape ceilings. Nice and wet a 4x4' area at a time. Comes right down with a good 10" drywall blade. If you get it too wet the paper will start to rip. You can hide that with light sanding after it dries. Hope this helps.. contact@coloradorenovation.com or www.coloradorenovation.com
  • William William on Feb 18, 2017
    Many years ago me and my crew would wet and scrape. Tedious, messy, and costly work. A few years back drywall manufacturers started making 1/4" thick drywall in 4'X10' sheets just for this kind of purpose. We would install the drywall right over the textured ceilings. We would install crown molding where the ceiling and wall meet. No mudding there. The 10' length drywall meant very little seams.
  • LYNDA LYNDA on Feb 19, 2017
    How long would that last what would be the cost?
  • Galen W. Yoder Galen W. Yoder on Feb 22, 2017
    Unless the 1/4 " drywall method is done by an experienced sheet-rocker, ( and even then), there are issues with screw patterns--hitting the joists, driving the screws to deep--(even on heavier thickness sheet-rock the screws can be screwed to far as to destroy the fastener integrity and holding power!) The fact that your putting a sheet good over something as unstable as the surface of the popcorn material doesn't make for a good attachment, when you factor in the screw blowout issue. Aside from that, many joist systems could become over stressed with the additional weight. If it is a trussed roof system, they will be 24" on center---- If the sheet-rock is only 1/4" material you will have sagging between the rows of fasteners! One of the reasons popcorn ceilings came along was to disguise The wavy surface of the " 5/8, or 1/2 inch thick sheet-rock sagging between the joist or truss cords! I know how messy it can be, and you'll discover muscles you never realized you had, but Renovation by Design gave a really good description on how to proceed. If your going to attempt it yourself, think---One room at a time!!!, use good ventilation and dust masks, eye protection will fog up if not well vented, and either a good rolling scaffold set to your on perfect (as can be!) height, or a good type 3 step ladder that won't walk while your shakin and twisting to the mood music!
    • William William on Feb 23, 2017
      Homebuilder for over 20+ years. Never had a problem with the 1/4" drywall. A lot of DIY have installed drywall on walls and ceilings. No special skills required. Average residential floor/ceiling joist can support 40 pounds per square foot. This may seem light, but this is 40 pounds over each and every square foot of floor/ceiling space. For example, a floor joist at 16” spacing’s that can carry 40 pounds per linear foot would translate into a 318 pound single point load at its center. 40 psf is a MINIMUM design load and that it is a SAFE load. That means that your floor/ceilng could be (probably is) stronger than the 40 psf minimum in many places and it also means that the full safety factor is still there to prevent a collapse.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Feb 24, 2017
    One room at a time........well worth the effort. Wet then scrape off. Let dry, prime, then paint. I actually use Ace Hardware's High Hiding White, interior wall paint, in a satin finish. It's a true white, a wonderful sheen and looks awesome. Best of luck.
  • KatAych KatAych on Feb 24, 2017
    This guy had a genius hack!