My new house has popcorn ceiling all over the place. In the main living area all the ceilings are connected, so removing the popcorn ceiling there will be a huge task. I wasn't sure how difficult removing it would be so I decided to start with the hall bathroom since it was small. The wallpaper was already down and as I was considering scraping off the popcorn ceiling THIS VIDEO on popcorn ceiling removal arrived in my email inbox. What perfect timing!
I had most of the tools needed already on hand, but I did run to Lowes to pick up a garden sprayer. Here are the tools I used to complete the project:
- step stool (this is the perfect height for a short gal like me, not to mention it is lightweight and easy to carry all over the house)
- garden sprayer
- gloves (simple latex gloves, so great for protecting hands. I wear these while sanding and painting and doing all kinds of other messy jobs)
- dust mask and protective eyeware (no fashion statements being made at my house!)
- utility knife (my celing had caulking between the ceiling and the crown moulding, the knife cuts the caulk like and allows the ceiling to be scraped off on the edge of the crown)
- metal join compound knife (the video recommends rounding the corners, but I didn't because hoenstly I was feeling lazy)
- plastic drop cloths
Since I was doing the bathroom and the floor was vinyl that I intended to replace I did not cover the floor, or the walls for that matter. If I decide to do this in an area with finished walls and flooring I would cover cover cover everything!
This is how it looked after the popcorn texture was scraped off:
I wiped down all the crown moulding and walls and let the ceiling dry for about an hour before I went back and patched some of the spots on the ceiling. As the video recommends, I was cautious about over saturating the ceiling and ensured that I wiped up any excess water as quilckly as possible. I also covered the vent fan with an old paper bag in addition to turning off the power. Water and electricity don't mix.
After touching up, sanding and priming my new ceiling looked like this:
So nice and smooth! My popcorn ceiling came down as easily as it does in the video and I was patting myself on the back at how awesome I was. I could not stop admiring the new look.
A couple weeks later when I attempted the same in the master bathroom, I was not as fortunate. Total bummer. It appears that maybe two layers of the popcorn ceiling was applied, because it would barely scrape at all. Ugh. I think I'm going to put up planks in the master bath ceiling to cover it up (since I have messed it up now and you can never patch that stuff). As for the rest of the popcorn ceiling in the house, for now I think I'm going to let it be. If I ever decide to attempt removing it, I'll start out in a small inconspicuous space and see if it is giong to come down easy or not.
If you have tried this I'd love to hear how your popcorn ceiling removal went. If you're going to try it good luck and let me know how it turns out!