If your home was built before the 1990’s in the Flower Mound, TX area, there is a good chance that you have the dreaded popcorn texture on your ceilings. Popcorn ceilings can be dingy, collect dirt and cobwebs, stain easily, and flake off if water gets behind. Now we all know that one of the easiest and more affordable ways to improve the look and value of your home is by painting, but did you know that removal of the popcorn can be just as easy and cost effective.
If you are planning on staying in your home and want to bring it up to date, or are selling and want your home to stand out amongst the rest, then you should consider scraping off the popcorn. Most people have heard that this can be an arduous and messy task. It can be, but if you follow some easy steps, the job can be a lot easier than most people think and the mess can be contained.
Removal of a popcorn ceiling that has been painted is more difficult than if there is no paint on it because unpainted ceilings are wet down and scraped clean whereas a painted ceiling is a bit resistant.
Here are a few steps to help you be a popcorn removal pro:
1. The first step is to remove furniture and completely cover the area to keep the debris confined to a specific area. This is key. Make sure you buy some painters plastic and cover the floor. Then tape and drape plastic on the walls making sure that it overlaps the floor plastic. You can section off 1 room at a time with plastic and work on the rest of the house at your own pace.
2. The second step is to wet the popcorn ceiling with a small water sprayer. The key to removal is to keep the ceiling wet. This will keep dust down tremendously and make scraping a much, much easier process.
3. The third step is to carefully scrape away the popcorn without damaging the drywall underneath. Easier said than done, so just plan on a few dings that you will have to repair.
4. The fourth step is to use drywall compound to touch up any areas that need it. Just smooth the mud over the dings and sand when dry.
5. The fifth step is to apply your selected texture by hand. You can rent a spray machine from your local home improvement store and spray a room in a few minutes.
6. The sixth step is to prime and paint the ceiling after the texture is fully dry. And then, of course, clean up.
If you are planning on removing popcorn and painting in Flower Mound, TX, you can give it a try in one of your smaller rooms by following the steps above and see if you would like to proceed or call in a professional. Good luck!