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Old 01-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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this house has those popcorn looking ceilings on all 1800 sq ft. I have tried to sweep it before repainting, but it just smears the webs. I dont like this type of ceiling really, but is it a ton of work to remove it. This house was built in 1991 so it shouldnt have asbestos in the "popcorn". Are popcorn ceilings in style or should i tear it all down....any comments? I am an over ambitious woman who is trying to redo her house on a tight budget

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Hope, there are literally dozens of topics on here about popcorn ceilings........do a search and you will find hundreds of posts about it. Popcorn can be removed......sometimes it comes off easily, sometimes not. A 6-inch broad knife is your friend for a project like this. Once you get a spot scraped off you can aggressively scrape down to the bare drywall. That's if it comes off easily. I have seen popcorn that seemed to be bonded to the wallboard and had to be continuously wetted and then scraped off making a huge mess. Like I said, read through many of the posts by using the search function......that's a great place to start.

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I would like to meet the guy who decided popcorn ceiling texture was a good idea back in the day
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I think he was a taper..
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Removing a popcorn ceiling, whether removing it by wetting it or not, will result in a huge mess.

It's save to say popcorn ceilings are out of date. Hopefully yours has not been painted over previously making removal easier.
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this house has those popcorn looking ceilings on all 1800 sq ft. I have tried to sweep it before repainting, but it just smears the webs. I dont like this type of ceiling really, but is it a ton of work to remove it. This house was built in 1991 so it shouldnt have asbestos in the "popcorn". Are popcorn ceilings in style or should i tear it all down....any comments? I am an over ambitious woman who is trying to redo her house on a tight budget
Popcorn texture is usually easy to remove (in my experience), -- but it may take a lot of time and effort to make the underlying substrate into a finished ceiling.
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Yep, he was murdered along with the guy who invented wallpaper.
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Hey now, no need for that
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It pays my bills, that is a good thing
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As mentioned before, popcorn ceilings are the work of the devil. Except for those done right and that do have SOME accoustical properties, they were popular because they saved having to properly tape and finish the ceiling drywall. Most were put on without a primer and the slurry contained the cheapest paint money could by. Eventually they will likely start failing so if you do not like them, nobody will fault you for taking them down.

I think you will find it goes fast with a wide drywall blade. I used a Fein oscillating tool that made short work of the few stubborn spots. Others suggest a wet method and a garden tank sprayer would be handy for that.

It is a mess though so make sure you have tarps and contractor trash bags on hand.
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Nothing adds an element of class like a nice wallpaper in the right situation. And if applied properly it should be easy to remove if you don't like it.

Now those stupid looking wallpaper borders are evil!

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