If you watch a lot of renovation shows you’ll probably notice that popcorn ceilings are one of the first thing they take down, and personally, that is what I just did in my house.
If you love them – great! I’ve seen new builds and the builder lets you pick the finish on the ceiling ( I didn’t know there were so many different variations) but if you aren’t building yourself or have bought a pre-owned home don’t let the ceiling finish affect your decision to buy or not to buy. The good news is: if you are willing to put the time and graft in, it’s something you can do yourself. I’ve taken a few photos of the steps involved in this project so far:
STEP 1: Prepare the room
Spending half an hour prepping is worth it. If at all possible remove all the furniture from your room (even if you cover it, heads up, there will be fine dust and it will find its way in). Lay dust sheets over your carpet and loosen or remove the light fixtures (you can switch off the breaker but make sure you have someone who knows how to make the room you are working on safe). If you have access to a portable platform specifically for this, it will make life easier. Don’t forget to wear a good mask to stop you from inhaling the dust particles. Ready? If you haven’t gone grey yet, be prepared to see what you will look like in a few years’ time!
STEP 2: Scrape off the surface
Now the fun part. We used standard paint scrapers and, honestly, it came off so easily to a nearly flat surface. It was a fairly big room and between two of us it took about an hour. We used basins to catch the bulk of the loosened drywall as it fell. Keep working in the same direction to make the process as easy as possible and try to keep the scraper at an angle that won’t dent or gouge the ceiling, but angled enough that you won’t take a chunk out of your knuckles (unfortunately, I’m speaking from experience on this part)
Step 3: Sand the surface to get rid of any remaining texture
At a glance, the ceiling looks pretty flat but if you look carefully, there will still be a few imperfections. It’s worth investing in a good extendable pole with sanding attachment.
There may be a few uneven spots to fill here and there. Just use a standard filler and sand flat when dry. Just make sure you keep using the mask to avoid fine dust inhalation.
Step 4: Clean surfaces
Make sure all the dust is removed from the ceiling. It’s worth spending the time using microfibre cloths to remove any dust residue.
Step 5: Painting
It’s important to use a primer first. Once the ceiling is primed, just give it a last glance-over to check that there aren’t any uneven areas and then cut in around the edges and paint with ceiling paint as required to cover.
Now on to the next room!