Wednesday, December 21, 2011

House Update: Popcorn Removal

Popcorn removal has begun!  It's really hard to capture on camera exactly what popcorn looks like, but I tried to get a couple good pics of the "before". 

We'd originally planned on Handy Hubby conquering this job himself.  I will say after stopping by the house a couple of times I am glad we left this one up to the professionals!

Wow it is a LOT... I will repeat A LOT of work...

You'll notice the tape and plastic... and paper covering the entire floor.

They were wrapping the stairs when we stopped by.  Taping off the downstairs was one day's worth of work.  One whole day just for half of the prep work!  Wow!  I think this job is probably 75% (or more) in prep.

Once they had the kitchen scraped we had a good friend come in and repair the dry wall where the island light fixture will go.

Looking much better than the big hole that was there!!

So here is the process they used for the popcorn.  They prepped with tape, plastic etc, then they scraped the majority of the loose popcorn off, went back and lightly sprayed the ceiling with water and scraped the remaining popcorn off.  Which turns into a big goopy mess on the floor!

Right now it looks smooth just like there was never anything on there to begin with!  Amazing!!

The last step is to apply the knockdown texture.  Basically they spray on the texture and then use a trowel to create the knockdown effect.  Check out e-how for a more detailed explanation!

They should be done by Friday and then the real fun will begin - painting!!  Can't wait to show you the before and afters!


  1. My house has popcorn and I so badly want to remove it. I am trying to talk hubby into doing it ourselves because basically I'm a cheap-o and hate to pay people to do something we can do! It does look like a lot of work though!

  2. Thanks for posting this! I have been wanting to remove our horrible popcorn ceilings for years,but I am scared to do it myself. This settles it...I am hiring someone to do it!!