How To Get Rid Of Popcorn Ceiling

by Debra

in My Ranch Remodel


moving-bedroom-furnitureI am removing all the popcorn texture in my home. It’s a dated look that you will not find in new homes… and if you want to sell your home (ever) this is a cheap update.

You can see by the pictures that is is a messy job.

Protect everything you can’t remove from the room.

The carpet in this room is going to be replaced – so we didn’t worry about protecting it.

We did have to vacuum with our shop vac… often… to keep from tracking the debris down the hall.


Removing popcorn ceiling texture will leave drops and stains on your walls.

If you are not planning on repainting the walls – protect them with plastic drop cloths taped from the ceiling down over the baseboards.

The popcorn texture is porous and will be easy to scrap off if it’s damp.  In fact… the wetter the better.

A yard sprayer is the easiest tool for this – it gently sprays a mist of water across small areas of the ceiling.

If the texture doesn’t scrape easily – then add more water.

Hudson Yard & Garden/Deck & Fence 2-Gallon Sprayer #66192

The best tool for scraping is a 6″ or 10″ plaster knife. Hold the knife almost level with the ceiling and scrape. The corners are the toughest. Scrape towards the wall… using a utility knife to get the very last bit.


The ceiling will be wet. You must let it dry at least 12 to 24 hours before you begin to texture the ceiling.

Using a blow on and knock down texture is the easiest to get to look nice. Trying to do a smooth texture will drive you crazy!

Remember to prime the entire ceiling before you paint.

As you can see… this is not a one day project.  Plan to be out of the room for a few days while you get rid of popcorn ceiling.

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