If your homes ceilings have been textured, most probably with the oh-so-popular popcorn look of the 1950s, you may be in the market for something a little more appealing. Smoothing over textured ceilings can be easy or sometimes it can be a real challenge, depending on the thickness and degree of the texturing itself. Here we will take a look at some different options you can try rid your ceilings of what many now consider a very dated and unattractive look.
Sometimes smoothing over textured ceilings translates into nothing more than sanding the texture down and then painting with perhaps two or more coats of best-quality paint.
Of course you will need to use a facemask and goggles to keep particles and dust from your nose and eyes, and you also need to use a power sander to get the job done within a reasonable amount of time. This method works for those ceilings with very little texture and is obviously the easiest type of textured ceiling to eliminate.
Drastic Measures for Heavy Texturing
If the texture has been thickly applied, you may realize before even starting the above that smoothing over textured ceilings in your home by simply painting is just not going to work, no matter how much you try and sand it down or how many coats of paint you apply.
If this is your situation, the best solution may be to attach drywall over the entire ceiling surface. This can be done by yourself, but poses a very difficult job. You can rent a drywall jack at most large home-improvement stores to hoist the drywall panels up to the ceiling and stabilize them while you nail them onto the ceiling, but your best bet is to incorporate the services of someone willing to help you.
You need to take care to find the joists in the ceiling to nail the drywall to and be sure to hammer nails about half an inch away from the edges of the drywall panels to prevent them from cracking and/or splitting.
Watch Out for Asbestos
One very important thing to keep in mind before you attempt smoothing over textured ceilings is determining whether or not they contain asbestos. If your house was built earlier than the 1990s, the possibility exists that it may contain this cancer-causing agent.
If you suspect asbestos is present, you need to use HEPA-filter respirator facemasks, wear clothing you can dispose of when finished with the job, rubber boots, and protection for your eyes. And if you choose to take down the ceiling boards completely, you need to dispose of them properly. To find out how, contact your state health department.
Smoothing over textured ceilings can give your home the facelift it needs for a fresh, appealing, updated look. The job may be strenuous and time-consuming, but once you are finished, you will be so glad you finally got rid of those ugly, dated ceilings and now have a home with ceilings of which you can be proud!