Take wall paper, and popcorn ceiling off.

Purchased older home, wallpaper has been on for thirty plus years. Same with popcorn ceilings. What to use on ceilings after removal. Walls and ceilings are smooth lath and plaster.

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 25, 2018
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 25, 2018
  • Christina Yates Christina Yates on Feb 25, 2018
    A steamer and scraper for the wallpaper BUT be VERY careful with the ceiling. Many Artex effects were made using asbestos, best left to an expert or be sure to wear masks and disposable coveralls if you decide to tackle it yourself. You will probably have to have the ceiling plastered afterwards but that will give you a nice smooth surface for painting once it's dry.
  • Maria G Oliver Maria G Oliver on Feb 25, 2018
    Word of caution! I had leaks due to a damaged roof.. when the insurance adjuster was checking on ceilings to be fixed, he told us that some popcorn ceilings are "asbestos". I don't know how to tell yeah or nay but better safe than sorry!
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Feb 25, 2018
    he wallpaper question is easy! First, score the remaining paper with a scoring tool and peel off as much as you can. Then add 1 C of liquid fabric softener to a gallon of hot water and apply to the wall with an old t-shirt. Let sit for 10 minutes. The paper should peel right off.
  • Christina Yates Christina Yates on Feb 25, 2018
    Karen, I've just had another thought, here in the UK asbestos is regulated and disposal has to be done by a specialist, it's an extremely dangerous carcinogenic causing lung problems, my uncle died from this while working in a situation where it was not known that it was there. When it's whole and hasn't been damaged it is not a problem but when damaged small fibres are released and if inhaled they enter the lungs and cause asbestosis which is a very nasty cancer!. Hope you get it sorted if you could underdraw the ceiling with plasterboard to cover the popcorn it might be the cheapest way to do it.