How to take down painted popcorn ceiling in stairwell

suspect 2 layers of paint were used on popcorn ceiling in hallway and stairwell. One layer is somewhat grey-looks blotchy. Something less than a chisel that could help take down these layers is what is needed...

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  • Emily Ortiz Emily Ortiz on Feb 15, 2018

    Dont remove it! cover it with boards!

  • Florida Beachpotato Florida Beachpotato on Feb 15, 2018

    You are asking for a really messy job, cover the hallway and stairwell with 1/2'' sheetrock. Easy peasy. I was a drywall contr and hated popcorn ceiling spray. And note the asbestos warning from Kim above. Asbestos fibers were added to the drywall mud and then the little pieces of foam. Sprayed on and then hopefully painted by now to form a minor barrier to avoid dusting of the product over the years. Just encase it. Have a handyman come do it, wont be that much money and it will look professional and you will be happier.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 15, 2018

    heres how others have dealt with popcorn ceilings.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 05, 2023

    Call in the professionals they have the right equipment and skills and will have it done in no time, plus leave you clean and tidy afterwards.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 05, 2023

    if you can afford it call the pros to do this but if money is a concern just add something over it. If you want a cabin look add pine flooring, dry wall over the popcorn ceiling for a more modern look.

    You could go crazy and add a tile ceiling.