What's the easiest way to remove a popcorn ceiling?

by 4554290
Does anyone have any suggestions to help me tackle my family room ceiling? Thanks in advance!

  6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 31, 2017

  • San12610521 San12610521 on Jan 01, 2018
    We just removed popcorn ceiling from the condo. It was easy but it requires patience. Online I read that a spray bottle of warm water with a couple of teaspoons of fabric softener is added. Shake and spray small sections at a time. Allow to saturate a little and with a spackling tool you simply wipe off the popcorn. Worked quite well. I held a flat box under the area that I was working on to catch the residue. All instructions are on UTube.

  • Edward J Hefner Edward J Hefner on Jan 01, 2018
    I’ve been a painter for 40 years no easy way very messy get a garden sprayer wet the ceiling small area at a time and use a charm knife and scrape away time consuming but it will work good luck

  • Dorothy Dorothy on Jan 01, 2018
    I love my popcorn ceiling . One thing who really looks at your ceiling another there was a stain on my ceiling and then I realized I had a roof leak and instead of having to re-plaster the ceiling all I had to do was use a can of white spray paint now you can't tell.. saved a lot of money

  • Jerry Jerry on Jan 01, 2018
    I removed all my popcorn ceilings by just scraping the ceiling with a 6 inch wide putty knife and NO water! You can use wider knife but I felt I had better control with a 6 inch knife. (If you gouge the ceiling you can always patch with wall mud in those spots.) Didn’t have all the wet sticky mess-just dry “crumbs” that easily vacuumed up. The scraping went fairly quickly with the ceiling being dry and after I scraped the ceiling I repainted it with a quality ceiling paint and the ceiling looks like I had a professional “texture” with a “knock-down”. Tip—when scraping, just scrape off the “bumps” in the popcorn and not try to make the ceiling perfectly smooth as if it had never been textured—this remaining texture will give your ceiling the appearance of a “knock-down texture“. I would only recommend the water method if you want your ceiling to be perfectly smooth. If your popcorn ceiling has been painted in the past, this waterless technique will take more effort and time but can be done. It would also take more time if you used the water technique because painted ceilings will resist the saturation of water.

  • 4554290 4554290 on Jan 03, 2018
    Thanks for all the great advice, it's greatly appreciated. Have a healthy and happy new year!