Asked on Oct 17, 2017

How do you change popcorn ceiling to a textured one?

MagVic AlonzoEd CannonJanet Pizaro


5 answers
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on Oct 17, 2017

    First, you remove the popcorn. One way is to mist small areas of the ceiling with water, allow it to sit for a minute or two to soak in, then scrape it with a large scraper. be sure to cover every surface because the popcorn will fall and make a terrible mess on everything. After you have removed the popcorn, you can apply the new texture...typically this is done by rolling joint compound onto the ceiling with a textured roller...and then slightly smoothing it out to give a more modern look.
  • DesertRose
    on Oct 17, 2017

    We covered everything and scraped it off. However, since then we learned the easiest way is to duct tape the scraper to the vacuum attachment/hose to collect it as you go! It is a lot of work, but worth it.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 17, 2017

    do you want to remove it
  • Ed Cannon
    on Oct 17, 2017

    The vacuum should be wet dry . Make sure any scares on the ceiling is patched with spackling so they will not be seen after texture.
  • MagVic Alonzo
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Be careful scraping it off if it an older home. Most of the popcorn texture had asbestos in it in homes from the 70's and early 80's. We scraped off a tiny bit and had it analyzed a local lab. Worth $40 or so not to breathe in any asbestos fibers from the dust when you scrape ceiling off. Remediation co.s who do this are expensive. They tent the house and use special equipment and clothing protection. You can always spray paint over it to seal it if it does have asbestos. If it's okay,no asbestos,you can spray with water and scrape away.
Your comment...