The Fogue Abode: Removing the Yucky Popcorn Ceiling

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Removing the Yucky Popcorn Ceiling

I like popcorn, a lot, especially ooey, gooey, buttery theater popcorn!  I just don't like popcorn on my ceilings!

I read an article the other day which stated that removing popcorn ceiling in each room of your house adds $1,000 value per room.  Well I don't believe we are going to get an extra $1,000 one day by removing the popcorn ceiling in the bathroom, but it certainly won't hurt.  And, it looks much better in there with it gone.

We also saw how easy (but very time consuming and messy) it was to remove the popcorn and hope to eventually get the whole house popcorn free.  *As the Mr. rolls his eye's at the above statement.*

The popcorn removal process was fairly easy, the Mr. did the whole bathroom one afternoon.  Unfortunately, he doesn't have blog on the brain and didn't take stellar photos.  We will have to do!

What tools did we use?

1. Ceiling Scraper - $34.99
2. Garden Sprayer - $11.14
3. Roasting Pan - already owned
4. Dust Mask - already owned
5. Goggles - already owned
6. Ladder - already owned
Project Total $46.13
Once he removed the light/fan and the vent covers, he started off by spraying a section of the ceiling with water.  Let that sit for several minutes, and gave it another spray.  Then it was just a matter of slowly scraping it off.  The popcorn texture actually peeled off nicely at this point. 
One thing he did do differently than all the DIY articles we read, he used a throw away roasting pan to catch the crumbs.  It actually made for less mess and easy clean up. 
He worked in sections and soon had the whole ceiling scraped.

Ah, smooth as a babies bottom!  Next, we just used spackle to fill in any divots that he made (which were few, good job honey.) 
I went behind him and sanded the rough areas, then wiped it all down with a wet rag.  >This is an important step, as I found out in my test area, you may not see all the little dust particles now, but putting a coat of paint on there sure made them stand out.<
Next was primer, which is a must when covering sheetrock.
And finally, two coats of ceiling paint. 

I will admit to getting primer on the top of the wall, but I will be priming the entire bathroom before painting. It allowed me to be a little messy while standing on my head.

I am really amazed at how much lighter the room looks with the popcorn gone.  The little edges created quite a shadow giving the whole ceiling a darker appearance.

Next up, we will install the new fan and the recessed lights to really give this bathroom some light; but not before a little update to an addition we did in the bathroom this past week. 


  1. I wonder who it was that decided popcorn ceilings were better than non popcorn ceilings? I've yet to see a popcorn ceiling where I thought 'Man, I need that ceiling.'

    Good job.

    1. I've often wondered the same! Thanks!