Just not on my ceiling! One of this biggest mistakes I made when building my house, was to overlook the fact that it would have popcorn ceilings. ARGH!!! There is nothing I dislike much more than that lint catching, stalactite form of acoustic. What was I thinking? I have lived with it by just avoiding eye contact for quite a while. After our awful upstairs bathroom flood, I decided to completely gut the boys’ rooms and give them a makeover.
The first thing that happened, was to SCRAPE THOSE CELILINGS! While horribly messy, it really wasn’t that difficult. Now, do learn from my mistakes. First, wear a hat - with your hair tucked into it. Don’t question it. Just do it. I didn’t and my hair looked like a troll doll in a wind tunnel. Second, wear goggles. Embrace your mad scientist. Your eyes will thank you. That stuff is not easy to get out of them. Lastly, wear a mask. This is another thing that is a no questions asked tip. You do not want to be breathing that stuff in. You only get one set of lungs. Take care of them.
Now, I took the easy route, because I didn’t want to wet, scrape, and then retexture the ceiling. It took a little more care to make sure I scraped it evenly, but it was worth it. I used one of these. You can pick it up at Home Depot for less than $20.
If you scrape and leave some texture, you will need to paint. This is a commitment, because once you paint it, you will have a heck of a time scraping it down to the drywall. That paint won’t budge. It was worth it to me. After scraping and smoothing until I felt it was consistent, I hit that baby with a coat of white ceiling paint. Call me a purist, but I like a white ceiling that matches my trim.
I can’t get over how much cleaner the room feels! And that’s not just because the bed is finally made in the lazy teenager’s room.