Is there an easy way to get rid of popcorn ceilings in an old home?

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My old condo has popcorn ceilings. They seem to absorb light which makes our condo dark. We have few windows in our condo, so we want as much sunlight to come through as much as possible.
I want to get rid of the popcorn ceilings. We have very little to spend on Reno’s and I am busy with kids, so time is valuable .
Is there any way that I can do this project myself as easily as possible?
Thank you in advance for your time!
q is there an easy way to get rid of popcorn ceilings in an old home
Ugh... so dark and depressing.
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  • Caroline Forwood Caroline Forwood on Mar 26, 2018
    Cover floor with plastic or tarp. Spray water on ceiling. Wait an hour. Scrape off!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 26, 2018
    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=popcorn%20ceiling

  • Gk Gk on Mar 26, 2018
    There is no "easy" way to remove popcorn ceilings. Either you spray them with water, scrape the popcorn off, sand and repaint or you cover the ceilings with another material--new sheet rock and paint, wood, tiles, or a dropped ceiling.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 26, 2018
    you can also attach your scraper to a wet vac hose ! It won’t catch it all but it does get a lot of it!

  • Lsherbach Lsherbach on Mar 27, 2018
    If your home was built before the 80’s, have the popcorn checked for asbestos before tackling the job. You can actually purchase a kit online. If your ceiling contains asbestos, it’s best to have a professional asbestos removal service handle the job. Better safe than sorry.

  • William William on Mar 28, 2018
    Wetting and scraping is the only way to remove it. I attach a 6" drywall knife to a broomstick then a plastic bag to catch the as mush of the scrapings as possible. Her in the U.S prior to 1978 there may be asbestos in it.

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Mar 28, 2018
    Popcorn material containing asbestos was allowed to be used until all stock was gone, so it could be in a home even after the ban was put in place. I would have it tested unless you are 100% certain what was used. And unfortunately there's not really any "easy" way to remove it.

  • Melodie Melodie on Mar 28, 2018
    Thank you to all of you who took the time to answer my question. You were super helpful!
    I live in Saskatchewan, where you have a limited amount of time to do Reno’s that require you to open windows and vent out the dust and bad air that takes place from jobs such as these. I am also a busy mom of seven. I am new to doing my own repairs, so time and information is critical for me!
    I will try to take an “after” pic once I’m done the job. I will also check and make sure that it is safe for me to do the job without the risk of asbestos! Thank you all, once again!