Removing Popcorn Ceilings

Removing Popcorn Ceilings Gives a Sleek, Modern Look

The popcorn ceiling may have been the height of interior fashion for a number of years, it has fallen out of style today. Not only does it give the home a dated look, but they are difficult to paint and maintain. Before you get up there to scrape off the texture on your own to give your home a new look, however, you may need to do a little research.


Some of the older homes with popcorn ceilings may have asbestos in the texture materials. If your home interior was created before 1978, then having a professional contractor evaluate your popcorn ceiling can protect your health.

Sleek, Modern, and… Crooked?

Many contractors used popcorn ceilings in the 50’s-80s because it was an easy way to hide imperfections in their craftsmanship. Removing the heavy texture for a sleek and modern look may have you discovering those imperfections.

SAM_0010If you’re looking for an easy way to hide the popcorn ceiling, consider installing ¼ inch drywall over the ceiling and then prep, texture, and paint it as a cost-savings option. You could also scrape all of the popcorn off the ceiling and then repair the gaps, but both jobs take equipment and time to complete. This is not always an easy job.

A popcorn ceiling may not affect the value of a home, but it may cause it to lose some interior “curb appeal.” It doesn’t cost much to remove it in most circumstances and in return, the home won’t feel dated and unattractive.

One thought on “Removing Popcorn Ceilings

  • My grandmother has a popcorn ceiling in her house. I really liked this post, and I think it would be a fun project for me to undertake at her home. I agree that the popcorn ceilings cause a house to lose its interior “curb appeal”. Thanks for sharing this.

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