The Easiest Way to Cover a Popcorn Ceiling

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Nothing dates a room quite like a popcorn ceiling. Scraping the popcorn off the ceiling is a reasonably easy DIY project. The problems are it’s messy and you still have to deal with smoothing out any imperfections before you can paint. You also have to be extra cautious if the ceilings were popcorned before 1979 because of the risk of asbestos. For the dormer bedroom redesign, we decided to cover up the popcorn with planks. This would resemble shiplap and be the easiest option with the most spectacular result. Click on the following link to the full post on my blog to see how we did it:

Before: porcorn ceiling and pistachio green walls

After primer and paint

Before and progress

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  • Che4950068 Che4950068 on Nov 30, 2016
    What do u attach the planks to on ceiling

  • Judith Laurence Judith Laurence on Dec 17, 2016
    How many planks came per package? Thank you, JL

  • Jac8095175 Jac8095175 on May 20, 2017
    About how much is the cost compared to repainting the popcorn ? I cannot tolerate the sanding if I made it through the scraping😫. The house is approximately 1500 sq. ft.

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  • Thank you! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. 😊

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Feb 28, 2021

    I can’t seem to see the end result. The last pictures I see are the ‘before’ and ‘progress’. PS I like how you explained things ie cutting in to avoid hitting the walls and using the screwdriver to prevent drips between planks.