How to Deal With an Outdated Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings are unfashionable and can make a room look outdated. They are also difficult to repair and to clean because they attract a lot of dust. Fortunately, there are effective methods to remove a popcorn ceiling. Handyman Connection® of Jeffersonville explains how:

  • Scraping the Popcorn Ceiling – The first thing you’ll need to do is to contact an expert and check if the ceiling has lead paint or asbestos. If it doesn’t, you are free to scrape the ceiling. Take a 4-inch utility knife and chip away at the texture to create a smooth surface. Take your time and create as smooth a surface as you can manage. Skim the ceiling with a thin layer of joint compound and then sand it smooth before painting the ceiling.

  • Covering the Ceiling With Drywall – This method is better if asbestos or lead paint is present or if the popcorn ceiling was painted previously. This is also quicker and creates the smoothest possible finish. Take a ceiling grade gypsum board and then affix it over the popcorn ceiling. For best results, screw the board over the framing.

  • Skim Coating On a New Design – You can skim-coat your popcorn ceiling to preserve your home’s classic appearance. You’ll need to clean and prepare your ceiling’s substrate using a quick-set drywall mud and then apply a bonding agent like joint compound. Now you can apply a finish compound and use a knife or trowel to make a new texture. To use this method, ensure the existing substrate is structurally secure.

After removing the popcorn ceiling, you’ll need to paint your rooms for best results. Handyman Connection of Jeffersonville can help you with this project. Our handymen have many years of experience and they have the specialized skills to get the job done right. We’re confident in our work, which is why we include a satisfaction guarantee. Contact us here to learn more about removing a popcorn ceiling or to request a free estimate.

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