Question from a customer in Minneapolis: How do you paint a popcorn ceiling? Is it hard?
Whether you’re just trying to increase the value of your home before a move, or looking to give an old room new life, painting a popcorn ceiling is easy, quick and inexpensive to do. Supplies are minimal and include paint, a segmented foam roller, angled brush, feather duster, drop cloths, and a dust mask. Warning: Painting popcorn ceiling, because of its bumpy texture, can get messy, so make sure you protect your floor and furniture.
Prep for Painting Popcorn Ceiling
1. Cover all exposed floor and furniture directly under the ceiling.
2. Tape around ceiling fixtures
3. Use a flat head screwdriver to scrape a quarter-inch of popcorn surface from the edge
4. Use a feather duster or vacuum to gather dust caught in textured ceiling
Time to Paint Popcorn Ceiling!
1. Grab your angled brush and cut in around the edge first
2. Soak your roller and make one pass down the ceiling from edge to edge
3. Do NOT stop and do NOT move back and forth. Once the texture gets wet, it’s easy to peel.
4. Allow the coat plenty of time to dry, and then add a second coat.
Two coats should suffice. Keep in mind that popcorn ceilings are thirsty and you’ll be using more paint to coat a textured ceiling than if you were painting a flat surface.
What Kind of Paint To Use on Popcorn Ceiling
Grab the highest quality paint you can afford. Paying more may mean using less because you’ll have to apply less. If you’re painting in the bathroom or kitchen, areas likely to get humid, use a semi-gloss or satin finish. Otherwise, stick to a flat or matte finish to avoid drawing attention to flaws in the texture.
As for color, white is usually the go-to when it comes to painting popcorn ceiling. White brightens the room while keeping the focus on the walls. Otherwise you can get away with darker colors for higher ceilings.
Popcorn Ceiling Spray
If you have access to a sprayer, go for it! An airless paint sprayer helps to get an even coat of paint on the first try. Using a 415 or 515 tip for the most success. Using a step ladder, spray 1 foot from the ceiling in one single direction. pa Paint sprayers are available for rent at most home improvement stores.
Painting Textured Ceiling Problems
The biggest problems painting popcorn ceiling are dust and peeling. Popcorn ceilings are famous for collecting dust, which must be removed before adding a new coat of paint. Getting popcorn ceiling too soaked with paint may cause it to peel, which is why it’s important to do only one spray (or roll), in one direction, at a time. Wait until it dries before adding another coat.
Popcorn Ceiling Asbestos
Homes built before 1977 may have popcorn ceilings containing asbestos. If this is the case, hire a professional to either paint over it, or remove it entirely.
Painting a popcorn ceiling is easy, but it’s very messy, so prepare for a great deal of cleanup. If you need help, just reach out!