Popcorn Ceiling Removal

popcorn ceilingPopcorn ceilings are soooo ’70s. Not only are they well past their prime, bumpy ceilings are tacky. If you’re tired of living with these monstrosities, let’s talk popcorn ceiling removal.

Experts strongly recommend an asbestos check before you disturb the status quo. You can buy an asbestos testing kit or mail some scrapings to a laboratory for analysis.

In the event asbestos is present, put away your tools and contact state-certified asbestos abatement professionals. Asbestos removal is not a prudent DIY project.

Under the best circumstances, popcorn ceiling removal is a dirty job. You should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including: face mask, goggles, close-toed sturdy shoes, coveralls and work gloves.

Gather your tools before beginning the project. You’ll need: ladder, 6″ putty knife or plastic trowel, spray bottle or garden sprayer (preferred), plenty of plastic tarps and a couple of rolls of masking tape. You may need a sander.

Prepare the room by moving contents to another area. Turn off the electricity in the room where you’re working and take down light fixtures and/or ceiling fan. Cover the floor and walls with plastic and secure with tape. Put on your PPE.

If it appears somebody has painted over the bumps, you will need to sand the ceiling before wetting.

Wet the textured ceiling thoroughly, using your garden sprayer or spray bottle. Using side-to-side motions lightly spray the same small section several times until you have properly saturated the entire ceiling. Let the water soak into the ceiling about 20 minutes.

Now it’s time to get down to serious popcorn ceiling removal business! You might want to crank up your favorite tunes. Get your putty knife and start scraping. Don’t get overly vigorous. Keep your putty knife level so you won’t gash the drywall.

There is no doubt this work is tedious, but very important. Just keep scraping until done. If it seems your work is getting harder, give that section another drink of water. Wait the requisite 20 minutes, start scraping and the “popcorn” should pop right off.

After you finish scraping, get a damp (not wet) sponge and remove any stragglers. Now, eyeball the ceiling for gouges or rips. If necessary, use drywall compound to repair the damage and conceal any nail holes. Be mindful, you’re aiming for a smooth surface, so that you will likely need to do a final sanding prior to painting.

Now, stand back and admire your popcorn ceiling removal work!

Why I Picked Carpet Tile for the Game Room

PS-AMERICANOYou might ask about a perfect way to cover a game room floor. Most families are like mine with a limited budget for home improvement. The game room takes priority because the kids and guests enjoy gathering in this comfortable spot. I knew right away I would be doing some serious research time before making my decision. The results led to choosing carpet tile for several reasons. Because of all the foot traffic the game room gets, in addition to moving furniture from one spot to another, quality is as necessary as style. I was lucky to find peel and stick carpet tile at bestcarpetvalue.com. They provided great over the phone help and the tile was fine.

Great Designs

One of the first things I looked for was a floor covering that would provide the design I had in mind. After all, the game room is a warm, inviting area. I certainly didn’t want something delicate in appearance, like white plush. I did find some rolled carpet with patterns, but not what I wanted. Tile and linoleum aren’t suitable on cold days. A friend suggested looking at carpet tiles, which are easy to install and offer incredible variety.

Fantastic Choices

I admit I was expecting to see a bunch of bland 12 x 12 inch squares and flat topping. Instead, I found out the carpet tiles also come in pile carpeting, designs, a bunch of different shapes and colors, and affix to the floor in a variety of ways. Imagine my surprise to see so much variety and style! What a delight to find the size and pattern I was looking for in a self-stick form. The reason? Installation was a cinch!

Simple to Care For

Guests, as well as the kids, try to be careful and not spill food and drinks or track in dirt. Well, I can honestly say I am quite easygoing about the game room floor as long as they try. Unlike the living room rolled carpet with its tedious cleaning, I just have to lift up the dirty tiles, clean them and put them back after they dry. One hint I’m glad to have heeded was ordering extra tiles in case a replacement was needed. So far it’s not been required, but I’m prepared in the event it does.