Removal of Popcorn Ceiling, Pooper Scooper Saves the Day!!!!

Amazing Grace !
by Amazing Grace !
5 Materials
4 Hours

I have always wanted to remove the popcorn ceiling in my home, not knowing how I started in the smallest room in the house, the bathroom!!

In this picture I finally found my phone!!! (Phew)....

I tried a squeegee, a scrub brush, a swifter using just the prongs that holds the material pad, a small plastic rake I use to brush my shag rug, but OVERALL the best method was a .69 cent popper scooper.

The before picture of the bathroom ceiling.

It was a messy dusty disaster. Cover your eyes, wear glasses, and a nose/mouth mask.

The very best method - I was so afraid to use a scraper for fear of gouging the Sheetrock. This .69 cent dollar store scooper was a brilliant way to prevent that from happening.

Didn’t take long to remove the popcorn but several fresh air breaks were necessary. It’s hard to see clearly but the little balls are gone. NO gouging at all on the Sheetrock.

This side is ready for paint. I used a piece of folded sandpaper to remove the few balls left in the corner where the wall meets the ceiling. I can see clearly from this picture that my AC vents need painting

This is what I mean about the nooks. No biggie, actually quite quick.

This is a picture of my kitchen. The popcorn is everywhere kitchen, dining room, halls, closets, both bedrooms AND the garage!!!!!


It’s SUCH A MESSY JOB that I think I will look into covering the popcorn in the remainder of the house with a tin ceiling.

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  • Carie Carie on Dec 30, 2019

    I have popcorn EVERYWHERE as well but I keep being told from everyone that it has to be removed professionally because it has asbestos in it because of the dust. Did you notice alot of dust? Did it come to a somewhat smooth finish or did you have to sand a lot?

  • Toni Kilpatrick Toni Kilpatrick on Jan 07, 2020

    What other methods are there to cover popcorn with out having to remove it? What a messy ordeal it would be! I dread it. In hindsight it should have been removed prior to our moving in! Many thanks for sharing your project!

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  • Helen Helen on Feb 11, 2020

    I removed popcorn stucco from my main floor. I bought a wide scraper, rounded the corners so they wouldn’t cut into the drywall. Gently sprayed the ceiling, small areas at a time with a garden sprayer filled with room temperature water. No dust, no small balls left in the ceiling. Just rolled up the plastic on the floor with the mess and carried it out. Don’t wet the ceiling too much because the water will loosen the drywall tape.

  • Bra56238277 Bra56238277 on Dec 23, 2021