How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

If you saw my last my last post you know I wanted to remove the popcorn ceilings from several rooms in my house.  As many of you suggested (and guessed) I decided to try a little DIY on the laundry room first to see just what all went in to this nasty project.   I read almost every blog and home tip site out there on how to do it, so here is my take on the whole process, what I learned along the way and what I’ll do different next time around. popcorn ceiling

**Asbestos is VERY dangerous and not to be messed with.  If your home was built before 1978 there is a HIGH chance your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos.  You should always have your ceiling properly tested for asbestos before attempting to remove it any way**

First, lets start with a before shot.. Before popcorn

Sorry, no clean up, this is how my laundry room actually looked when I took these pics so this is what you’re getting.  I swear it didn’t look THIS bad in person…or maybe it did??

And here is what it looks like now…ahhhhh so much better!

removing popcorn ceilings

Supplies:

I first made a trip to Home Depot and picked up some supplies, others I already had on hand.

how to remove popcorn ceilings

1. Plastic tarps
2. Metal drywall knife
3. Squirt bottle
4. goggles
5. Mask
6. Duct tape

Prepping the Room:

removing popcorn ceilings

This really is the most important step in my opinion as this will play a huge roll in how easy this process is.  Scrapping this stuff off is a mess and if you end up needing to do a lot of sanding and re-texturing (as you’ll hear about later)  You’ll really want every single inch of space covered. I started from the ceilings and draped my tarps over everything and then taped each one of the seams together as to not leave any cracks for debris/dust to sneak through.   DIY popcorn ceiling removal

THIS TAKES FOREVER if done right, but is worth it in every way possible.  You’ll also want to make sure your power is off, and you’ve removed any fans, ceiling lights or a/c vents.

Wetting and Scraping:

Using a squirt bottle spray the popcorn until its is wet and wait a couple of minutes for it to soak in and then wet it again. removing popcorn ceilings

If you do enough the first go-round it doesn’t seem to come off as good.  I was nervous about getting the right amount of water on the popcorn as you don’t want to damage the drywall, but I read that when you get it just wet enough, the popcorn will come off like butter.  It was coming off…but nothing like butter.  So I sprayed a little more…this sweet spot is really worth figuring out because once the ceiling has enough water…it really does just slide right off like butter and its not worth the pain of fighting it otherwise. removing popcorn ceilings

Prepare for an absolute mess and let it dry overnight before sanding:

Nuff Said!

popcorn scraping

Painted Popcorn and What’s Hidden Underneath:

If you’re anything l like me, the rooms in your house have been painted over and over and over.  When popcorn has been painted it doesn’t not come off with any kind of ease, as was the case of the edges of my ceiling.  Everywhere the ceilings met the walls the popcorn was not budging.  I used a razor and a flathead screwdriver  to scrape off a lot of this followed up with lots and lots of sanding

(sorry no pics of me sweating and cursing as I tried to scrape these corners)

Furthermore popcorn ceilings were so popular in the 70′s and 80′s because they were cheap and they hid poor drywall jobs.  I didn’t find out until AFTER I had been scraping mine off that my ceiling contained two large patch jobs in the drywall.  I had originally considered leaving my ceilings smooth but this was not an option after I noticed these two areas.

Sand, Sand and sand:

I wish I had taken my own advice on this one.  I did a good bit of sanding with a drywall sander I had purchased when we sanded down our textured walls in our master, but I should have done more.  My thought was that since I was texturing, all the imperfections in the drywall would be covered. removing popcorn ceilings

 WRONG!!  Even if you plan to texture it is imperative to smooth down the drywall as much as possible.  This is a lesson learned as you can see areas where I didn’t take the time to really smooth down the drywall on this bad patch job.  I had to do this area all over.

more sanding necessary

Texturing:

I had read different options for texturing, and decided since it was a small space to use the can texturing to do a knockdown texture on the ceilings.  I was afraid I’d be overwhelmed at using a hopper gun/ compressor to blow on the texture so I used this stuff which gives the options for orange peel/knockdwon. how to apply knockdown at home

I followed the directions to a tee and used the white tube (it comes with along black one if you want orange peel)  to apply the texture.  I  waived it over the ceiling about 8″ away and let it set for about 2 mins before knocking it down.  It was a mess and it blew all over the place, and all over me (good news is it is water-soluble so it wipes right off everything including the walls).  Using a wet knock-down knife I purchased (it has a spongy end that holds in a littler water making it easier to work with), I drug my knife across the ceiling to knock it down.  While its not a professional job, I say this stuff does the job pretty good and I’m happy with the finished product.

my knockdown However, I blew threw 2 cans of it and could have used even more.  At $12.92/can I’ll likely borrow my step-father’s hopper gun next time now that I’m more comfortable with the whole process.

Clean up:

By this point, my laundry room was a complete disaster as was my hall where I had tracked all kinds of debris. tracking in sand

I kept the tarps up to protect my walls when I did the texturing so I was dying to take all the tarps down and clean this space up.  Overall clean up was pretty easy, although there were areas were I did not tape my seams enough and stuff did seep through. cleaning up

Fortunately this room was tile, but it does make me nervous removing this stuff in a room with carpet (i.e. my master bedroom)

Prime/Paint:

Regardless if you re-texture or not you’re going to want to prime and paint your ceilings after you’re done.  I used whatever I had around the house, it wasn’t specific ‘ceiling paint’.  I went ahead and painted the inside of the laundry shoot and replace had the hubby replace the old light which makes a big difference in the overall before/after pictures.

DIY popcorn ceiling removal

I’m quite happen with the turn-out of the project, but it was a lot of work.  The scraping of the popcorn wasn’t so bad, yes messy as could be, but doable.  I was more worn out by all the surprises I ran into.  It was a very time consuming job, but very rewarding as it looks SO much better and it feels good to know I was the one responsible.

I learned a lot on this job and happy I started in our laundry room as  it was a good room to practice on.  However, while I’m confident to take on other rooms in our house, I’m still a little weary about taking on our master as its full of heavy furniture and new carpet, I’m still deciding what to do.

In the meantime, we’ve decided our laundry room could use a little TLC so my focus will be on that room until I decide what do about our master.

Have you ever taken on removing popcorn ceilings? Ever thought about doing it yourself?  If you have any questions I didn’t address in this, please feel free to email me.


Silksleep Eye Mask Review

While I was on my vacation, I was contacted by a representative for Silksleep to do a review of one of their silk products.  To be completely honest, at first I was not familiar with Silksleep or their products.  After doing a little more research, I found out they are a UK based company that ships worldwide and specializes in luxurious silk linens.

silk sheets I told the representative I was more of a ‘cotton sheet person’ and that I wanted to be honest to my readers about what I preferred.  (whats the point in doing a product review if I’m not going to be honest, right?)  He suggested I try one of their Silk Eye Masks and offered to send me one for free, what did I have to loose?

sleep silk eye mask

When I got back from our vacation, my package from Silksleep was in the mail.  My silk eye  mask came in a little silk pouch, just a nice touch..us girls love these details.

sleep silk packaging

The first thing I noticed when checking out my mask was the soft texture.  These masks, along with the other silk products by Silksleep are made from 100% pure fiber mulberry silk which is the softest, highest quality silk available.

When it came time to put it on, I was SHOCKED at how much light it really blocked.  It was total darkness in a completely lit room as it was daytime.  I am one of those people who is really bothered by light when trying to sleep.  Blinking electronics, digital clocks, even light peaking through the bottom crack of a door can be bothersome and when we travel I actually lay shirts and towels over anything with a light in a room.

The mask also felt very comfortable to wear.  The strap was secure but not in the slightest bit tight as there nothing soothing about wearing something tight across your face at night.  I didn’t realize it until I was wearing it that the mask that is also contained these little soft pouches that sit right under your eyes.  (probably what helped to block out all that night)  They felt like little soft pillows under my eyes.

silksleep back side

I’ve never been a “sleep mask” kind of person before so despite its comfort and functionality,  I was still skeptical I would enjoy a night’s sleep with it on.  I gave it a shot…

It was wonderful!!!  Truly!  I wasn’t bothered by John watching his tv before bed, or the light from my son’s monitor.  I never had to adjust the straps in the middle of the night and wasn’t once tempted to remove it.

Silksleep really impressed me with their quality of product.  I am so pleased with my new mask and have been checking out their website interested in other products, such as their silk blankets.  Silksleep offers a number of other luxurious products including but not limited to linens, duvets, even pillows. I highly recommend them and am thankful for an opportunity to review their product.

*While I was given this product for free to review, I did not receive monetary compensation for my product review.  All reviews represent the opinion of Floridays Mom based on personal use and results.*

Popcorn Ceiling Removal….DIY, Hire out or Let em’ Be?

The majority of our house has popcorn ceilings. popcorn ceiling

I know they absolutely repulse most people, but they’ve come to be something that I’ve just always known to have.  The house I grew up in had them, as did the 2 homes we owned before this house.  In our existing home, the kitchen and dining room were spared (or removed by the previous owner) and most of my downstairs is vaulted so its really not super notable in my opinion.

However, there are a few spaces in our downstairs (master, laundry room and hall) that I’m considering removing as they are lower ceilings and really started to bug me.  The house was built in 1989 so there is no concern for asbestos.. its just an eyesore at this point.

Now, the huge question.  Do we DIY, Hire-Out or Let em’ Be?

DIY:
I’ve read countless tutorials on how to remove popcorn ceilings, and everyone seems to be on the same page in that it is an easy job but an extremely messy one. Pretty Handy Girl has one of the best tutorials I’ve seen out there.  She tackled her laundry room which is on my list.

Pretty Handy Girl

via Pretty Handy Girl

While she states the job is quite messy she also notes that it is an incredible rewarding job.  I think I’d be willing to take on my laundry room as its small, but my master is quite large and certainly more intimidating.  Pretty Handy Girl left her ceilings with a smooth finish and they look amazing, but I’ve read that larger spaces can have dips  and valleys where the drywall meets leaving a really unfinished look.

2. Hire-Out

Sometimes you have to just let the professionals handle the job.  I’ve had several quotes and most seem to be around the same price.   In order to remove the popcorn ceilings and add new knock-down texture to I am looking at $800-$900 for the 3 areas on my list.  ($400 for my master alone)  The nice thing with hiring out is they will do all the taping off and we’ll get that professional knock-down texture finish rather the smooth finish that we’ll likely end up with if we DIY.  BUT, I can’t help but think of all the other fun things I can buy for my master with $400.  (i.e, new lamps, paint, decorative pillows)

professional vs accessories

3. Let em’ Be:

Should I just leave them alone?  Are they really that bad?  If I give the space a face-lift and keep the popcorn as-is will I be equally happy with the results?  Regardless of what route I choose there is going to be a lot of prep work involved as my master bedroom is currently FULL of furniture and I’d have to prime and paint the ceilings after with either removal option.  Would a fresh coat of paint on the walls and some colorful decor be all I really need to spruce up this space?  Think of all the time and money I could save if I just forgot about the popcorn ceilings and moved on with updating this room otherwise.

What are your thoughts?  Do you current live with popcorn ceilings?  Ever removed them yourself? Are you someone would couldn’t even consider living with them?  Would love some honest advise here.


I’m baaaaaack…….

That’s right, I’m back!  Vacation is over and its time for me to get my head toes out of the sand and get back to DIY’ing and blogging.

So where have I been?  Well, my husband and I rented a beach home for the month of June.  We took Colin out of pre-school, packed up every beach toy we owned and called the charming beach community of Ponce Inlet, FL our home for the month.

Here is an areal shot of the town

ponce inlet

 As you can see, its a perfect little inlet with Inter-coastal waters on one side and powder white-sand beaches on the other.  (can you tell I love it there!)

There are no hotels in Ponce Inlet, its all private homes via condos or houses, most of which only allow for monthly rentals.  We rented the same beach home we did 2 years ago because we just fell in love with it then.  If you usually stay at hotels when you vacation, renting a home can be a really fun and different vacation experience.    We’ve had better luck with some than others.  (some weren’t quite as charming in person as they were in pics), but usually we make out well.  We prefer to use VRBO.com  when we rent a private home.

VRBO.com is an awesome site that lists vacation rentals literally everywhere in the world.  Whether its a London flat, a Mexican villa, or a cabin in the Carolina’s, VRBO.com has one listed.  You can narrow your search by location, availability or other options such as the number of bedrooms or whether they are pet friendly.  Its so easy to find the vacation home for your needs.

vrbo

If you are interested in checking out the place we rented, its http://www.vrbo.com/9007.  Its a beautiful oceanfront town-home in a small complex of just 12 units with a pool.  No other fancy amenities; just miles and miles of beaches and a perfect place for a family vacation.

colin in water updated

As much fun as our vacation was, I’m excited to be back and have a long list of projects I am ready to tackle and share.  Thank you and welcome to those of you who signed up as subscribers while I was on my little break.  I am sorry I just checked out and didn’t offer more warning about my absence, I just didn’t feel right about letting the world know my home was going to be empty for a month.  (I hope you understand)  Happy to be back.

Have a great weekend!


Above the Armoire Decor

As one of my many goals this year, I have decided to try and finish up my other rooms before starting on new projects (I can’t explain how hard this is for me to do).  One of the many on-going-yet-almost-done rooms in our house is the guestroom.  In the last 6 months, I’ve painted, painted (and re-painted) the furniture, created a wood palette headboard, and just recently purchased some new lamps and styled the nightstands.  My list of to-dos is getting smaller and smaller in this space.

One of the newest things I can scratch off the list is decorating above the armoire.

Decorating on top of armoire

Its no secret this room has a coastal vibe (its my house..duh) and so you know I was super stoked when I ran across this Panama Jack crate at a thrift store.  I am not sure if was originally used to store the classic hat or something else fun from their line, but its heavy as heck and has a great rustic finish.  You can’t call it vintage, as the company is not even 30 years old, but it has a great old look and I love it, and my knot-so-perfect monkey fist knot found a little a perfect home too.

Old Panama Jack Crate

I stuffed it with some pillows.  They are actually throw pillow inserts wrapped in some white pillow cases I had in my closet.  I wrapped one with some twill for a little character (when in doubt..I always wrap with a little twill).

Then I finished off the vingette with a cheap lantern I got from TJ Maxx years ago, and a vase full of some more left over rope I had from my guestroom mirrors.

Armoire Vignette

I found this caned chair at a garage sale two weeks ago for $5 and thought it was perfect for my little corner.  I thought about painting it (and still might) but the hubs likes it natural and so for now it will stay.

caned chair

I planned to make a little pillow for the chair, but found this small ikat one at TJ Maxx this week for $12 and I really couldn’t make anything for much cheaper.  (I love to DIY when it makes since, but if I can find it for less already DONE, I always buy).

So there you have it, my little guestroom corner and some top of the armoire decor, I have to admit as hard as it is for me to focus on finishing this room, it does feel good to see all the details come together.

Decor above amoire

Do you have bad habits like me about moving from room to room?