painting a textured ceiling
What kind of textured ceiling is what you should ask first.
If it is a sprayed on popcorn ceiling without asbestos, you are in great shape save for the fact it was probably applied over a non-primed surface to save proper taping, drywall finishing and painting priming costs. It is hanging on angel wings up there. It will more than likely peel loose on your roller cover---at least chunks will. Using a thick nap cover is not a bad idea but you may not get away with two coats without the moisture and tension from the roller pulling away more ceiling.
You can then try to repair and match the missing sections of what comes loose on your roller cover or just bite the bullet and take it all off. You will be surprised how fast this usually happens with a thin and wide drywall skim coat blade.
Popcorn ceilings were popular at one time but are the work of the devil. Older ones, with asbestos, need to be abated and removed by a licensed professional. Or covered over. In most states you now have to disclose knowledge of lead or asbestos having been present even if you somehow abate it.
Last edited by sdsester; 03-30-2011 at 04:25 AM.