Back in the fifties and sixties it was really popular to put a texture on ceilings called a popcorn ceiling. One of the remodeling shows I am a big fan of, gave instructions on how to remove this bumpy, ugly, hard to patch popcorn ceiling.
if you are like me, living in a older home with popcorn ceilings and hate them as much as I do, this might just be the home repair you would most like to do. Removing a popcorn ceiling is a very easy job but it is very messy and it is not the kind of project that you can do with moving the furniture from one side of the room to the other as you will be sure to get it all over. First, make sure to clear your room of any, and all furnishings.I also, must tell you about a tool that I bought to do the job and it turned out to be useless.
I paid 16 or so dollars for a scraper on a long pole that you attach a bag to. It was supposed to minimize mess. The scrapings from the ceilings were suppose to go into the bag as you scraped.
It was very hard to get the right angle on this scraper so my son made some pretty bad gouges in the ceiling. The bag filled up alright but it got too heavy and started to tear.
You are better off using a wide blade scraper and a ladder. Less strain on your back and you get a better result.
Hope you enjoy your new and improved ceiling!
Editor's note: Popcorn Ceiling texture can contain asbestos, make sure to keep your respirator/mask on for removal and clean up. Use moist towels and sponges that you don't mind throwing away to clean up excess dust.
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
Safety glasses are also a good idea. Getting that stuff in your eyes would certainly be regrettable. My husband and I did the ceilings in our whole house. We covered the floors with plastic for easy clean up.
Warning! Many popcorn ceilings have asbestos in them & can only be removed by hazardous waste teams. You need to get a piece of ceiling tested for asbestos before beginning this job. Even a small amount of asbestos can be deadly. My husband has asbestosis from working in power houses. It is a miserable disease.
I did my whole kitchen before I realized you should be aware of asbestos. My popcorn is not very thick like some so I have just learned to live with it in the other two rooms that have it.
Mulberry, what are the symptoms of asbestosis?
Asbestos in popcorn ceilings was banned in 1977-1978 if this helps decide if the ceiling in your house does/does not contain asbestos. If you're still not sure; have it tested before removing to be on the safe side.
Another safety tip on doing the ceilings this way is to make sure that any overhead lighting/ ceiling fans are not only off, but off at the breaker box when you're spraying away with the water.
Thank you so very much for your article! I am wanting to do my ceiling and you've (and the people who responded) given me everything I need to get the job done! Thank you and all the responders so much!
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