A1A Popcorn Removal

68 years ago, popcorn ceilings were at their highest popularity. So why do you still have them in your home?

The textured ceiling is known for gathering dust, spider webs, and dirt. You don’t have to live in the past any longer! Popcorn ceiling removal is easy! For DIY enthusiasts, this project is simple but time-consuming.

Here is a full guide to remove popcorn from your home.

Asbestos and Lead Test

Before you begin your project, you should test your ceiling for asbestos and lead.

If your home was built before the 1990’s there’s a strong chance you could expose yourself to asbestos and lead if you don’t take the proper precautions.

Asbestos is made from several minerals which are toxic to people. Breathing in the fibers can scar your lungs or cause cancer. Not something to mess around with!

In some cases, popcorn ceilings were coated with paint. Older houses, especially, are at risk of this. Lead paint is also toxic to people, causing cognitive health issues and other health risks for young children and pregnant women.

If you have cause to believe your home is at risk of containing these toxins, here’s more info about testing and disposal Click Here.


Whether you are able to DIY scrape your popcorn ceiling, or if you opt to cover it up with a skim coat, before it’s ready to go, it must be painted. Patch and smooth any blemishes and allow them to dry completely.

With any luck your ceiling will only require minimal sanding. Use a pole sander with medium grit sandpaper to smooth ridges and imperfections. It’s important to war masks or respirators and ensure excellent ventilation whenever you’re sanding.

Both a skim coat and exposed raw drywall require a coat of primer before being ready for paint. Apply the primer with a roller and brush, or use a sprayer for a fast, even base.

If DIY is sounding like more effort than it’s worth, most drywall companies offer painting services along with popcorn ceiling removal services.


The extraction of the popcorn ceiling appears easy, but it is knack. Without experience, the underlying drywall is easy to damage and spend more time and money on the project.

The worst case scenario is if you go into your own venture of removing the popcorn ceiling texture, you go through portion of it and know you are over your head. Then you’re left with one smooth patch and a full ceiling of texture. It looks worse than when you started.

If you don’t mind spending hours with your arms above your head and drywall bits in your eyes, ears, and nose, then give popcorn ceiling removal a try. If that’s not your cup of tea, consider hiring some help.