I hopped aboard the “no more wire hangers” train years ago, but as a renter I had no choice but to put up with the popcorn ceilings. Are they unnoticeable to some, maybe? To me, the idea of having modern, smooth, and clean ceilings would be worth any amount of effort or money it would take to get them down! I want to share my experiences with the removal because I had a difficult time finding a lot of information on the process. Read about my experience below, but don’t be shy about asking any questions! I’ll be happy to help you out or encourage you to make the change J.
Before you start- 1. Find out if your popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. If they do, I can’t help you. You’ll need to find a professional. Asbestos can be very harmful and lead to long-term illnesses.
2. Start gathering materials. My process included several trips to Home Depot/ Lowe’s/ Dollar Tree. Here are the things that I ended up needing:
- Plastic drop cloths- Dollar Tree (24- three times as much as I thought I needed)
Spray bottles- Dollar Tree (2- I actually used the backup)
Vinegar- Grocery (1 gallon)
Paint scraper- Dollar Tree
Joint compound- Lowe’s (medium bucket)
Paint rollers- Lowe’s (3 pack)
Paint treys- Dollar Tree (4)
Painter’s tape- Lowe’s (large 1 inch roll)
Drywall sander- Home Depot (included pole attachment)
Drywall sanding paper- Home Depot (fine, medium, rough- they say first step, etc)
*Safety Goggles- Dollar Tree (2)
*Drywall Breathing Mask- Lowe’s (2 pack) a
I already had:
Extension pole for sander and paint
Paint roller frame
*Don’t try this project without these items!
3. Cover everything in the room with drop cloths. Use the painter’s tape to tape the cloths to the wall. Make sure that all of the outlets are covered!
Have any experience with popcorn ceilings? What did you do differently? If you have any questions, I'd love to help!