Asked on Jan 16, 2019

How is the preferred way of removing “popcorn ceiling” texture?

Katie Sara CreatesWilliamKelli L. Milligan


3 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 16, 2019

    If you can scrape it off the best. Use protective eye wear. Repair and smooth. If too hard, you can go over it with 1/2" drywall and finish smooth. Be sure to use long enough screws to secure to joists.

  • William
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Cover the floor with plastic drop cloths. Hot water in spray bottle. Wet down a small area and scrape off with a 6" putty knife. You can use a cookie sheet or shallow box to catch the scrapings. Patch any damage with drywall patching compound.

  • Katie Sara Creates
    on Jan 17, 2019

    My husband and I did this when we moved in a few years ago. We filled a spray mop (one that had a soft, washable pad) with a mixture of warm water and dish soap and sprayed the ceiling enough to loosen the popcorn texture. We then "mopped" away the texture and dried the ceiling underneath with microfibre cloths. We worked in small sections, and once all of the texture was gone and everything had dried out, we added a couple coats of fresh, white ceiling paint.

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