Have popcorn on your ceiling?

Moving into a new house that might be a bit of a fixer upper? Take on those old popcorn ceilings yourself and transform your living space into what feels like a brand new home with this helpful step-by-step guide:

Prep: Move all of your furniture out of the room that you will be working in. If moving it out completely isn’t an option, shift it to the center of the space and cover it with a plastic sheet to protect it. Lay down plastic sheeting on the floor to protect it and also help make for an clean-up.

Spray the Ceiling: Fill up a spray bottle with warm water and spritz one section of about 10 square feet at a time. Let the water sit on the ceiling for about 20 minutes but do not oversaturate the popcorn coating or else you could potential water log and damage the drywall underneath.

Time to Scrape: Carefully being using a wide drywall scraper to remove the popcorn coating. Use the same method as the spraying and work on one section at a time.

Clean Up: Roll up your plastic sheeting that is on the ground and shake them out into a garage can outside. Once it is cleaned off, bring it back inside and put it on the floor again to protect from your next step – drywall compound.

Touch Up: Apply drywall compound to any sections of the ceiling that may need some touch up and smooth them out with a drywall knife. Let these spots dry overnight and then lightly sand and clean with a damp cloth in the morning.

Paint: Paint the ceiling with a roller connected to an extension attachment for easy reach and a tinted paint that dries quickly. Once this step in the process is done, your space will be feeling brand new!

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