Happy Monday to you all! Today’s post won’t be terribly thrilling, or filled with beautiful pictures, but I hope that it will be useful for many.
I often hear people talking about scraping the heavy texture (sometimes called “popcorn” ceiling or acoustic texture) from their ceiling using sprayers filled with water. That method works (as long as the texture hasn’t been painted). I tried it in my condo soon after we moved in.
I actually got quite a kick out of this video. Watch it through the end. It’s really pretty amazing.
But here’s what I DON’T like about that method:
- First, it’s messy. I mean, you spray WATER in your home, so everything has to be covered with plastic, and to say that it’s a headache to clean up is the understatement of the year. Heck, after watching the video above, can you even imagine the pain of cleaning that up? Their home seemed pretty empty, as if maybe they had just purchased the house and were remodeling, but imagine if your home was completely lived in, furnished, carpeted, etc. NO THANKS!
- Second, I was left with tiny little gouges in my ceiling because in some areas, the water seeped through the texture and into the drywall, making it very easy to gouge. So the final scraped ceiling was really not pretty at all, and required even more work, filling and sanding the little gouges.
- Third, a “perfectly” smooth ceiling is never perfect, and imperfections show up a great deal more on a ceiling with absolutely no texture.
So, I only tried that method once. Never again.
Since then, I’ve scraped ceilings using a much easier method. Here’s what you’ll need:
Yep, that’s it. A scraper (which costs about $4.50 at Home Depot), and a ladder. Of course, you’ll also want to wear a mask and eye protection. But then just start scraping…that’s all there is to it! The good thing is that this works on unpainted texture AND painted texture. Sure, it’s still messy, but you can vacuum it right up since it’s all dry dust.
And the best things is, you’re left with no little gouges, and it leaves a light texture which helps to hide imperfections in your drywall.
Here are a few pics to show you the difference this easy technique can make. You can clearly tell the scraped areas from the unscraped. Just removing the heaviness of the texture really does a great deal to lighten the look of the ceiling.
One word of warning before you start scraping your ceilings, whether you decide to dry-scrape or use the water method…
Acoustic texture applied before 1978 probably contain ASBESTOS! And in some cases, it was used after that date. Please research this and educate yourself before scraping your ceiling.
And here’s a peek at the painted ceiling. I’m still undecided if I’m going to paint the main ceiling area with the brown. I’m open to your input!! (And the crown molding is not painted yet. Please be so kind as to overlook the brown paint on the crown molding.)
So I’m sure some of you have scraped your popcorn ceilings. What was your experience like?