The easiest way to remove a popcorn ceiling

The easiest way to remove a popcorn ceiling


  1. Kelly says:

    depopcornified…I like it. Are you sure it’s 2 minutes 37 seconds? Anyway, I am glad I don’t have popcorn ceilings to deal with.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Charlotte says:

    Can’t wait to see the new plastered ceilings.

  3. Clara says:

    Sounds messy but your directions are great.

    Questions? After it’s off does one have to plaster the area? Can it just be painted?

    Hope you are still here.


    Eugene, OR

    • Eric Hegwer says:

      Hi Clara,

      I like to have the area re-plastered because it gives a little more of a professional look. It also depends on how much damage is done to the drywall as you scrape. At the very least you should lightly sand the area with a drywall sander to remove any blemishes, then prime with a high quality primer before the final paint goes up.

  4. Porda says:

    I’ve never been a fan of popcorn ceilings. Never understood why they ever were used.

  5. britt says:

    why can’t you just scrape it off without wetting it at all? I know it’s possible but I’m guessing your answer is going to be that its more work I did a small section once when I was fed up with my ceiling that it was so much work that I never finished

    • Eric Hegwer says:

      Hi Britt,
      On older homes, it can be really hard to scrape the popcorn off because it dries like cement. Also, sometimes there are multiple coats of ceiling paint over it. Just wetting it a little bit makes it so much easier.
      Plus, you should finish! It will look SOOOO good!

  6. Melinda says:

    I’ve been looking for an easier way to remove the popcorn in our home. I knew it was going to be messy, but I didn’t want to damage the dry wall and then fix the ceilings. Now that I’ve found this, I’m going to use the mixture to help remove that nasty stuff. I’m sending my samples out tomorrow! Can’t wait to get this project done!! Thanks for the info!!

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