When you’re in the middle of about six different projects at once and you start to get overwhelmed, I find the best remedy is: Start a New Project.
If there’s a half-built bed in the middle of your bedroom, your office has become temporary storage until you can settle on a floor plan, and you have six different fabric swatches hanging from your window because you can’t decide which to use for curtains…
You should probably empty out your entire coat closet, scatter its contents throughout your downstairs and renovate it. Right?
This definitely sounded more logical yesterday.
So we are in the middle of a closet reno! First up, taking down these beauties:
YESSS. Popcorn ceilings in all their early 90′s glory!
Now. To whoever decided this was a fashionable look which should be installed in all homes, I have an important question for you:
Why did you do this to a perfectly good ceiling?
I know, I know.
It covered flaws,
and it is acoustically phenomenal!
But now? Now they must be obliterated!
When we first moved into our house, step one was to remove the popcorn ceilings. We took them out of the entire house, except our coat closet.
I hadn’t realized until then how much light popcorn ceilings suck out of a room. All those tiny shadows make it feel so dark and yucky, but a flat ceiling bounces the light around and does wonders for the entire space.
Luckily, removing them is not hard. Just messy. If you were cursed with this kind of textural sin on your ceilings, here’s a quick how-to for taking those guys right down.
Make sure there’s no asbestos! They stopped using asbestos circa 1977, and since our home was built in the mid-90′s, we knew we were in the clear. Otherwise, this is not a DIY project. You’re gonna want a pro.
Prep the room.
When I say this is messy, I’m not playing. All those tiny little popcorny lumps are about to end up all over your floor and/or furniture and/or self. Remove whatever you can, and cover the rest. In the case of the closet, we laid down a trash bag to catch all that junk, then just tossed the bag.
Wet that bad boy down! In a smallish space, a simple squirt bottle filled with good ol’ fashioned H20 will do the trick. When we were tackling the whole house, we bought a hardcore lawn sprayer because the constant squirting with the squirt bottle was wearing out our arms.
Andy plus squirt bottle
We used a putty knife, and just gently ran it along the ceiling.
Andy plus putty knife
This part is SOOO satisfying!
You get to watch as your home instantly teleports to present times. Here’s the ceiling with popcorn removed:
Yep, just good ol’ sheetrock under there.
Sand, repair and paint.
Flat ceilings. Happy Kelly. Easy job, with HUGE results.
Before and after.
See how much brighter the “after” looks in the pic above? Those two photos are taken under the exact same light conditions and settings. See how much more light bounces around?
FACT: Popcorn ceilings are BEARERS OF DARKNESS.
Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But seriously, this job is easy, fast and provides instant gratification, which always gets a thumbs-up from me.
Have you tackled anything like this recently?