I did a small experiment today to see if wetting the popcorn down
really did make the stuff come off like butter, and it did. While
doing this, I also scraped a little off of a spot next to my test area
to see how that worked. So here is what I noticed: the wet area is
nice an smooth down to the sheetrock. The other area has kind of a
textured look to it now.
So my issue is this: my intentions where to put some kind of textured
ceiling up after scraping the popcorn off, but now I am wondering if
just scraping it dry and leaving whats left for painting, might
produce the textured look I would want. Any ideas or experiences on
If you like the way it looks, what difference does it make if I like it?
The "shabby chic" look is in, and I have seen some Gawd ugly things done to
walls and ceilings on purpose, and people paid money to have it done. You
can do all sorts of things with texturing and surfacing. Go to Home Depot
and look at their books and guides to get some ideas. Once you have the
popcorn off, the rest is a breeze.
I scraped mine off. The tape joints were pretty rough. I tried to smooth
them out and ended up hiring a drywall contractor to finish. They spent
parts of 3 days taping all of the joints and then finally spraying a knock
down texture on the ceiling. It worked out 90-95%. I put 2 coats of paint
on the ceiling and then just before sale hired a contractor to paint the
home professionally. They had to use another 2 coats of paint. If the light
was just right you could still see the tape joints in the ceiling. If that
is the look you want your in like flint.
OK, I did a section over a bay window in the house. It turned out
pretty good. Did not have any problem with tape joints, in fact never
saw them. Of course it is not knock down ceilings, but then again it
is not popcorn anymore. I am not one who happens to like smooth flat
ceilings; I prefer a textured look, and now I have it. What I like is
that I didn't have to do anything to get the textured look other than
dry scraping the popcorn and painting over it. The only issue I've
had is making sure not to scrap too hard or one will end up with tiny
areas of smooth surface. So go lightly.
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