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Three Brilliant Ways to Smooth Out Your Ceiling

The ’90s are still too recent to be classic in terms of style.

But we doubt that even another 25 years will suddenly make popcorn ceiling a valued feature of a vintage home.

No. Popcorn belongs in a bowl on your lap, not up above your head!

How to Get Rid of Popcorn Ceilings

1. The first tried-and-true method is to scrape the sucker off. Clear the room of furniture, cover the walls and floor in waterproof drop cloths, and kill the electricity to the room if it has any ceiling fixtures.

Working in small areas, about 5 feet square, soak the popcorn thoroughly with water and scrape with a texture scraper like this one to which you attach a bag to catch all the mess. Adding a little liquid fabric softener in the water could help really stubborn popcorn. Caution: If your popcorn ceiling was applied before 1980, test a small sample for asbestos using a kit you can purchase in many home improvement stores or online.

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Afterward, touch up any dings with joint compound. Once dry, sand it smooth, then it’s ready for prime and paint. Click here for a complete tutorial. (Image credit)

2. The next genius method avoids that mess by covering the popcorn up with wood. Adhere thin tongue-and-groove planks with Liquid Nails, then follow up with a nail gun for added security. Stain or paint as you choose.

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See the tutorial here.

3. The last idea also skips scraping and covers up the ceiling. But instead of wood, try faux tin ceiling tile made out of easy-to-install Styrofoam like these.

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You just glue it on and cut it to size around cabinets or nooks with an X-Acto knife. (Image credit)

h/t to Country Living

 

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