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DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POPCORN DAY, WE ARE GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU HOW YOU CAN HAVE A SMOOTH CEILING IN NO TIME…OR MAYBE JUST ENOUGH TIME TO EAT A BOWL OF POPCORN šŸ˜‰

Tools You’ll Need:

  • large drywall scraper
  • drywall knife
  • paint roller and extension handle
  • Drop Cloth (to catch all the debris)
  • Water and Spray Bottle
  • Face Mask
  • Asbestos Test Kit
  • Popcorn…for when you’reĀ done! (Totally optional, but who doesn’tĀ want popcorn as a reward?!)

BEFORE YOU START: Ā Check for asbestos with your kit. You need to be sure!

STEP ONE: PREP THE ROOM

RemoveĀ furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, youā€™ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy clean up after you’re done.

STEP TWO: SPRAY WATER ON THE CEILING

Fill a spray bottle with warm water, then sprayĀ oneĀ small section (10 square feet) of ceiling at a time. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Donā€™t over saturate the popcorn coating, as it could damage the underlying drywall surface.

STEP THREE:Ā REMOVE THE POPCORN

Slowly remove the popcorn coating from the drywall with a wide drywall scraper, working one section at a time.

STEP FOUR:Ā TOUCH UP CEILING AND CLEAN UP

Apply drywall compound to any problem areas using a drywall knife to get a smooth skim. After applying compound, collect drop cloth and plastic sheeting and empty contents in trash. (DONT THROW AWAY. THE SHEETING WILL BE OF GOOD USE IN THE NEXT STEP). Allow drywall compound to dry overnight, then lightly sand and wipe clean with a sanding block and damp cloth.

STEP FIVE: PRIME AND PAINT!

Paint the ceiling with paint and roller with an extension attachment. Use a tinted paint that dries white to help you with the process.

STEP SIX: BASK IN ALL YOUR AWESOMENESS

Break out that popcorn, sit back and stare up at your ceiling. You’veĀ earned it!!

(Thanks to the DIY NETWORK on the technical steps.)Ā 
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