Monday, 31 March 2014

How To Remove 'Popcorn' Ceiling In The Bathroom

Photo of popcorn ceiling
Popcorn ceilings (also known as acoustical) were once a popular building technique used in homes. Builders and contractors could save time, money and resources by spraying the popcorn material over the ceiling rather than painting it. This trend has since passed, however, and now it's viewed as a tacky, out-of-date technique. If your bathroom currently features the dreaded popcorn ceiling, you can remove it in just a couple easy steps.

Check For Asbestos


Before we start, it's important to note that popcorn ceilings added before 1979 should be tested for asbestos. Removing asbestos-tainted material from the ceiling could result in serious, potentially life-threatening illness. A quick inspection by a contractor should reveal whether there's asbestos present in your ceiling.

If your popcorn ceiling was added after 1979, however, you do not need to worry about testing it for asbestos. The federal government phased out asbestos from paint and construction materials during this time to protect homeowners and their families.

Steps To Remove Popcorn Ceiling In The Bathroom



  1. Remove any and all furnishings from the bathroom, including shower chairs, artwork, houseplants, etc.
  2. Lay out drop cloths or painter's tarp across the floor, taping it to the baseboards (note: removing popcorn ceiling is a messy process).
  3. Gear up in a pair of safety goggles and dust mask.
  4. Spray the popcorn ceiling with a solution of half water and half white vinegar. Use a generous amount of the solution to really soak the stubborn popcorn ceiling.
  5. Wait 5 minutes for the diluted vinegar to soak in before proceeding to the next step.
  6. Start from the back end of the bathroom, scraping away the popcorn ceiling with a putty knife.
  7. Clean up the debris and you're now left with a smooth, even, modern-looking ceiling!

With the popcorn ceiling now removed from your bathroom, feel free to paint over it. Applying a coat of paint to the ceiling is a simple way to bring more color and vibrancy into the bathroom. Here's a tip: paint the ceiling a different color than the walls to achieve a contrasting appearance. There's no rule stating the ceiling must match the walls, so don't be afraid to choose a different color. Opting for an entirely different color -- assuming it flows cohesively with the surrounding elements -- can bring a new sense of style to your bathroom.

What's your opinion on popcorn ceilings? We'd love to hear what you think in the comments section below!

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