Old plaster ceiling with multiple layers
My husband and I are in the middle of removing a popcorn ceiling in our kitchen. It had areas that were cracked and starting to fall off, so we had no choice. Our home is 1918, and the ceiling appears to be plaster (as is the rest of the house). Although some of the popcorn slips off easily, other areas are impossible to remove more than just the texture itself. In some areas we are down to the plaster, in others there is an off-white color that we cannot remove, in others it appears there was patching. In the plaster areas, we can see multiple cracks in the ceiling, and they seem to be where the problem areas were.
We had hoped to paint the ceiling but are resigning ourselves to another textured ceiling due to the variations of the existing surface. However, we are concerned that as some of the ceiling has dried, the edges of areas where we could not remove more than the superficial popcorn, are pulling away further and chipping off relatively easily! Now what do we do? If we cover that, will it pull away with the new texture? Do we need to respray and do it all again (please,NO!).
We are total novices, and we don't have great expectations, but we'd rather not have to do this again any time soon! Any ideas about the multiple "layers", the dried areas that are able to be chipped off, and filling the cracks so they don't open again would be very much appreciated! THANKS!