Sponged on plaster on ceilings

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I have horrible ceilings. House built in 70’s. The final coat of mud was sponged. I know how to remove popcorn.....I wish it was that, but don’t have a clue how to remove this. It’s very hard. And VERY ugly. It may be more trouble than it’s worth, but any help would be great. It reminds me of ocean fossils. Ewwwww.
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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 23, 2018
    Hi Geri,
    You could cover it with wood planks - painted or not. You could also remud it yourself or if you feel that you don't have the skills, have a professional do it. Hope that helps a bit.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Mar 23, 2018
    If it won't give itself up to the "Popcorn Method," you may have to plank the ceiling. I think they're very pretty. Here's several ideas, I hope it helps.



  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 23, 2018
    1/4” drywall
  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 23, 2018
    You could put up 1/4 inch sheetrock right over it. That would probably be easier.
  • I have nothing to add . . . You are too funny and gave me a giggle with "ocean fossils" - I like that ceiling. Thanks for the laugh. 😆
  • Susan krom Susan krom on Mar 23, 2018
    Skim coat them-you can do it with a roller.
  • Ginny Ginny on Mar 23, 2018
    I have this finish on my ceiling in the DR and like it. Of course, I am lots older than you and tastes are different.
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 27, 2018
    I have the same exact ceilings in my entire house and garage. I discovered when I repainted the living room and I got some on the ceiling and I went to wipe it that it wiped the ceiling design right off. If you just spray it and get it wet it can be all just wiped off. It's just drywall mud.
    • Geri Williams Geri Williams on Mar 27, 2018
      I’ve tried wetting it and it stays hard as a brick. In researching this, they say if ceiling was never painted, then yes, it will come off. But if it’s been painted, no. It’s then pretty much sealed and waterproofed. If yours wiped off, then my guess is the ceiling had never been painted. Mines been painted several times and seems like there’s no budging it. ☹️
  • Charlotte Erickson Charlotte Erickson on Mar 27, 2018
    I also have this in my dining & living rooms, and like it.
  • TAMMY SPALSBURY TAMMY SPALSBURY on Mar 27, 2018
    fill it in with drywall patch, the tube thats already mixed.
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