I'm thinking of removing the popcorn ceiling in the house and my question is that after i remove the popcorn ceiling, what is the next step i should do to finish the ceiling. If I want to add texture to it (orange peel or knockdown) which texture will be more easy to do? Do I need to do anything after removing popcorn ceiling like put some drywall compound to it or i can add texture to the ceiling right away?
i would not recommend sanding, messy, dusty, and some earlier materials have asbestos , skimming with drywall mud is a better option, then leave smooth or retexture
Hi Niki. I removed popcorn ceiling from an area of my live in flip by sanding it and it turned out fine in my situation. I was already planning on repainting the ceiling, so I added a small amount of texture additive to the paint and you can't tell there was popcorn before. That being said, if you want it gone completely I would probably skim coat the entire area (lot of labor/time if you haven't done it before).
I also added some cedar planks over the entry area so I was able to leave this area alone.
Orange peel is easier. Spray and walk away. The knockdown requires you to run a knockdown knife over the ceiling after you spray
This is my house thats why I want to remove it. Thanks for all the advices!
I would take the popcorn down (there’s plenty of tutorials on YouTube) then I’d buy boxes of compound and do a heavy knockdown texture. It covers imperfections with text but remains flat so it has a nice modern look. It’s what I prefer. A little more work than just spraying orange peel but not much and I think the benefits are big.
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