Popcorn ceilings are a thing of the past. At one time spraying a white textured goop onto the ceiling in a new house was cool; it was different and added that modern touch. It was also an easier and less costly way for builders to finish a ceiling. You may think it would cost less to have a plan ceiling but it’s actually the opposite. Spraying on popcorn texture meant the drywall contractor and painters could finish the job quicker, affordably and move on to another job sooner. I was home shopping in the late 1990s and wanted the ceiling flat throughout the house. The builder said it was not an option because it would cost too much to mud the drywall at the tape and apply paint evenly on the ceiling. So for that house we had no choice.
Now days the sight of those textured ceilings makes a home buyer cringe. But, alas, that texture is easy to remove; well, relatively. Wet it and scrape and it comes off.
But I noticed a disturbing trend in some homes that were remodeled maybe 10 or so years ago. Rather than removing the popcorn, they painted over it. Maybe there was a stain from a roof leak or the owner just felt like the ceiling needed some freshening up. Oh my, that causes a big problem.
You see…scraping the popcorn off leaves a surface that can easily be sanded smooth and painted over. Leaving the popcorn seals it to the ceiling. It won’t come off because it is now under a layer or two of paint. The only way now to remove the texture is to take down the drywall and start over. This can also cause potential damage to the top of the walls.
There is one other way to fix this and update your house. Add wood planks to your ceiling.
Wood planks come in all widths and finishes. You can plank the length of the room or the width of the room. If the ceilings are tall enough add a few decorative beams. Paint the whole thing white or a neutral color or stain it to match your floors. Try a pattern: herringbone or alternating pattern of squares. There are no limits to what you can do with the plank ceiling and you can find dozens of ideas here on Pinterest.