What is best method to remove popcorn ceilings?

We are removing wall between LR & Dr . Therefore, will need to redo ceilings.

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 06, 2018

  • Jlnatty Jlnatty on Jan 06, 2018
    Messy work from what I've seen (never done it myself). I've seen this done on TV shows -- the area to be scraped is really wetted down with sprayed on water, let it soak in, then a large metal scraper that looks like an ice scraper to clear sidewalks is used to scrap away the softened "mush" on the ceilings. It won't necessarily stick to the scraper but will fall to the floor, so if you want to save your floors be sure to cover them appropriately (I'd use layers of newspaper covered with a layer of plastic and then covered with some tarps for good measure!) The trick appears to be how to determine the right amount of water to use. You don't want to make the ceiling so wet that the drywall "paper" comes off when you scrape the popcorn stuff off! You may get some "oops" areas that you can spackle over because the ceiling will have to be sanded anyway. A lot of work and elbow grease. This is why some people (who can afford it) drywall over popcorn ceilings or go for the tin look ceiling. You could also try sanding smoother and then applying a recycled wood or faux wood product, or beadboard, etc. But if you're looking to keep costs down, lots of elbow grease for scraping and then sanding is the least expensive way to proceed (your own free labor).

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jan 06, 2018
    See if you don't find this helpful, Bamaraco:

    Be aware that any popcorn ceiling installed before 1980 might contain asbestos—a known cause of lung cancer. Before trying to figure out how to remove any popcorn ceiling texture, contact your local health department and ask about getting a sample tested. If the test comes back positive, cover the popcorn with new drywall or tongue-and-groove planks, or hire an asbestos abatement contractor to help in removing popcorn ceiling.

    • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 07, 2018
      Or you could just cover it up-https://www.hometalk.com/diy/-8338545