Our first project in the bedroom makeover was to take all the lovely 1980’s popcorn off the ceiling. As a designer, popcorn is one of my pet peeves. I hate it.
Luckily, Mom has a lot of experience getting this stuff off the ceiling.
A Spray bottle filled with really hot water
and a scraper of some sort. I prefer the 8” taping knife.
The texture is going to get everywhere, so protect the furniture and floor with drop cloths.
Spray a portion liberally with hot water, then scrape the texture off.
I found long smooth strokes work best, with the knife at an angle. If you have a stubborn spot, spray with more hot water, and let it sit for a minute before scraping at it again.
It’s not easy work, but it is easier than putting up new drywall. A lot of times the texture is never painted, so it comes right off.
Once all the texture is off, you will need to fill any cracks or imperfections with a coat of drywall joint compound, let dry, then sand smooth.
I had a few places the texture had been patched I couldn’t get out, so I just put compound over them to feather it out.
Once sanded and pretty, you’re ready to paint!