How do you smooth out a rough ceiling. Thicker than a popcorn ceiling

Ginnie Clayton
by Ginnie Clayton
My husband did this ceiling years ago and now I want it smooth cannot paint it because it is too rough.
  10 answers
  • Ken Ken on Nov 30, 2017

    I worked with a drywall contractor on my first home and he showed me how to do this. In my case it was adhesive on the wall put on with a notched trowel. He simply used drywall joint compound to put a skim coat all over the wall, just the same as plastering. If the compound was too thick he used latex paint to thin the compound, adding some durability to the coating, but it is harder to sand.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Nov 30, 2017

    TAKE IT DOWN! Its easier than you think. Get a metal plastic scraper/wide putty knife, a sprayer that you would use outside to kill weeds with (or a spray bottle), some paint tarps for the floor and a ladder And a wet cloth. It takes time but easy to accomplish. Steady you ladder. Spray water on the ceiling, working in small sections, wait a couple of minutes and scrap off with scraper. I didn’t want the scrapings to fall all over the tarps so I used a cardboard box with 2 inch sides to catch the pieces as they fell, this made for much less mess. Start in a closet or spot that is not seen often and practice there first. I did 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a huge (30ft. X 20ft.) living room, dining room, laundry room and kitchen and 2 very large hallways as well as 4 pretty good sized closets. It took me approx. 2 months to complete. I was 60 at the time. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

  • Cls29904968 Cls29904968 on Nov 30, 2017

    Fill a spray bottle with water, wet it, and scrape it off.

  • Vickie Whiteside Vickie Whiteside on Mar 03, 2018

    Need to repair this kind of ceiling. Cracks, and holes. How do I re recreate texture?

  • Flow Drywall Flow Drywall on Sep 21, 2022

    There are many ways to tackle this, as some other comments suggested water and a scraper can work well providing the texture has not been painted previously. You can still remove it in this instance but it takes a lot of water and can damage the drywall behind the texture leading to many drywall repairs. Another option is to put a layer of new drywall over the top which avoids having to remove the old texture. You will still need to complete drywall taping, but you achieve a flat new ceiling in the process. If you are interested in reading more check out this:

  • As said above, it can be scraped off but it will be a lot of work. It may be easier to cover it will new sheetrock or wood.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 03, 2023

    Call in a Plaster ad see if it can be Skim Coated.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 03, 2023

    I would cover it up and be done with it, luan flooring would work, batten board.

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 04, 2023

    Hello Ginnie, hope this helps you out. You could run a sander over it to smooth it, but it will be very very dusty! or try to put a coat over it