Popcorn ceilings (or stucco ceilings) used to be a standard in American homes but now give a house a dated look. If you are looking to update your home but want to do this yourself and save the cost of a decorator, here is the process to remove the stipple of this treatment and give your ceiling a fresh, smooth look
Preparing to get rid of the stale
This is what you will need for this DIY project:
Step one: Cover the floor
This project will result in a lot of the stippling treatment on the floor. For personal protection, wear a safety mask to shield yourself from any dust in the process.
*Incredibly important, if you are in an older house, popcorn ceilings potentially had asbestos fibers in them. Exercise caution and if in doubt, consult a home improvement technician.
Step two: Spray down the ceiling with a vinegar mixture and let soak
In our project, Dillon encountered a popcorn ceiling that was coated with oily semi-gloss paint. To remove this, create a solution made of 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar and put into a spray bottle.
Spray onto the ceiling and let soak to 10 to 15 minutes.
Step three: Scrape the paint from the
If your ceiling is coated in oil-based paint like in our example, take a mudding knife and scrape the soaked area at a
Step four: Scrape the popcorn texture from the
Without the paint in the way, repeat the process from earlier and spray the 1:10 vinegar-water solution on the texture and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
THIS time, the popcorn texture should remove more easily and peel off.
Step five: Coat the ceiling with topping compound
Topping compound is specifically made to provide a smooth finish. In the process of removing the rough texture, you may have noticed an uneven result or even dark brown spots where the outer layer of the drywall was cut
Apply one layer of topping compound across the entire ceiling with your mudding knife
Step six: Sand the ceiling
Once dry, sand using drywall sandpaper to make the first coat even
Then applying a second layer of topping compound to finish replacing the texture
The ceiling is now ready to paint!
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