Removing a popcorn ceiling can be the best thing to do to brighten a dull room. Getting rid of all the little bumps that trap light and create shadows and darkness was at the top of my list before we even purchased our house.
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Almost a year later, I have finally removed all of our kitchen, Alexis’ bathroom and I am currently in the process of removing our living room.
I was waiting to paint the ceilings until I got most of the rooms done, because I wanted to make sure that when we get the paint it’s all mixed the same and the same color.
However, I am thinking I’m just going to buy several buckets at one time and store them. Because apparently it’s not just the popcorn that dulls a room… When I removed it from her bathroom, it made it darker. Why? The board stuff that’s underneath is brown, so I need to paint the popcorn-less rooms ASAP! I want my rooms to be bright dang it!
Before and After in Alexis’ Bathroom
Now to the useful stuff
Taking off the popcorn ceiling isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just a lot of water and a lot of elbow grease. I would suggest getting a backpack sprayer or something similar. I feel like that would be so much better on your hands and arms. I had one of those 1-gallon pump sprayers until I wanted to use it for chemicals to spray our weeds in the yard. Financial difficulties has hindered me from getting another one. So I just went to Dollar Tree and bought 2 spray bottles from there. Using a spray bottle is a lot of work… Popcorn ceilings have to be almost totally soaked to come off easily. I used a 3″ putty knife to scrape it into a bucket that I also purchased from Dollar Tree.
I would not recommend getting a circular bucket though. The edges and close to the wall are difficult enough (a pain in the ass is a more accurate discription…) without having to get a circular bucket to catch stuff on a flat edge.
After I did the first round of removing the popcorn from the kitchen and purchased the bucket, I just scraped it into there instead of spending way more than half my time putting plastic up.
Not to mention, water and parts of the ceiling ran under the plastic anyways and made an even bigger mess on my floors because it was trapped.
Of course there was still a lot of mess catching it in a bucket, but not nearly as much as when I just
let it fall to the floor. The main downside is that the bucket gets heavy and needs to be emptied a lot.
Also I think it’s worth noting that if you moved into a house, they may have painted over the ceiling… I’m pretty positive that they did that in every room except our master bedroom… There are patches where it is extremely difficult to get it off and I had been wondering about that until I seen the paint around the light in Alexis’ bathroom.
A popcorn ceiling is something that is messy regardless of what you do, but I really did like catching most of it in the bucket. It works well. Over carpet I was scared, but I literally just vacuum it up in a couple minutes.
All-in-all, it’s not a fun task. But it’s something that I seriously think needs to be done. I want flat white ceilings and I will have flat white ceilings! Even if it kills me.
Have you ever removed a popcorn ceiling? If so, how? What made it easier or harder?
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